About the course
Biology is the science of living organisms (including animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms) and their interactions with each other and the environment. The study of biology involves collecting and interpreting information about the natural world to identify patterns and relate possible cause and effect. Biology is used to help humans improve their own lives and to understand the world around them. For pupils to fulfil their potential, including many of the most able, they need to be taught by confident and highly competent expert who demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for the subject.
If you have a genuine passion for biology, going into a secondary classroom, to teach that subject, can be a wondrous experience. Passing on a love of biology is wonderful, and many teachers realise that they can never be bored teaching with so much variety in the job. Teaching itself is never boring - the kids are so entertaining; they will always surprise you.
The PL SCITT biology course will provide you with a wealth of practical teaching experience, and is carefully designed to ensure you are prepared for your first lessons in the classroom. Our enhanced opportunities to experience EYFS and primary settings will give you a grounding in the teaching of biology.
We work in partnership with other SCITTs in the north west of England to provide the subject specific pedagogy that underpins your classroom practice. Specialist Practitioners in Education (SLEs) lead these sessions, which don’t just allow you to gain knowledge of the best practical teaching approaches but also give you the opportunity to share ideas with other trainees in a wide range of schools.
You will be assessed both for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and through written assignments for Post Graduate Certification (PGCE). They are separate awards however, and the whilst the QTS will be assessed by ourselves within the SCITT, the PGCE will be assessed by your university tutors.
Our interview procedure is a rigorous process, including a panel interview, subject knowledge audit and mini teach.
Further details of the interview process will be given to those successful at the first stage of the application process.
How school placements work
The Training Programme is designed by experienced professional practitioners who share a passion for teaching and learning. Our common commitment is to ensure that our next generation of teachers is equipped on every level - personally, intellectually and professionally - to inspire new generations of learners in our schools.
The schools that form our SCITT partnership are:
Alder Grange School, Rawtenstall
The Hollins, Accrington
Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson
Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe
Throughout, you will be challenged, stretched, encouraged and driven to become an outstandingly good teacher. You will be trained in at least two of the partner schools in order to gain contrasting experiences of educational issues, such as discipline/behaviour management, for example.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Our 2020-2021 entry requirements for PLSCITT programme are as follows:
- A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course. If you are in your final year, a successful outcome should be predicted by the referee.
- A standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course.
- See our website for further information on assessing candidates’ fundamental proficiencies in English and mathematics.
At PLSCITT we are also looking for the following qualities in our teachers:
An ability to relate to and engage with young people
A clear commitment to a career in teaching
Effective communication skills including use of written and spoken English
Strong subject knowledge
An ability to explain concepts clearly
A range of personal characteristics including flexibility, independence and resilience
Excellent interpersonal skills with evidence of high levels of Emotional Literacy and Emotional Intelligence
Leadership potential including evidence of Vision
The ability to work well effectively as part of a group
If a formal offer is accepted, applicants will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a DBS will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects. If your degree subject does not link to your chosen teaching subject, we can arrange for you to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.
About the training provider
Ours is an Initial Teacher Training and Education partnership, founded on decades of highly successful teacher training experience and informed by the latest educational research.
The core of our partnership comprises four strong schools, all part of the wider East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance, and an outstanding university:
Alder Grange School in Rawtenstall (the lead school)
The Hollins, Accrington
Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson
Ribblesdale School, Clitheroe
Manchester Metropolitan University - a university with a proven track record in ITE.
Our Programme - has several key features:
a 38-week programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certification and M Level credits worth around 30% of a Masters degree;
a focus on Child Development that runs throughout the course, and which offers trainees experience in an Early Years setting, Primary School, Pupil Referral Unit, Special School and Sixth Form experience.
Key aspects of our Professional Studies Programme:
- In-depth subject specific pedagogy to equip you to teach your subject effectively in the classroom
- Consistent focus on behaviour management strategies to give you the practical skills to teach
- Attachment to a home school, working directly with an outstanding Subject Coach so that you feel like a true member of the school’s staff
- Substantial experience in a contrasting placement
- Coverage of the national priorities of literacy, numeracy & EAL
- Practical training on how the latest educational research and learning theory can be put into practice in the classroom.
Training with disabilities and other needs
See our website for more information on how we support candidates with disabilities and other needs.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Alder Grange School, Calder Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 8HW
Support and advice
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