Stourport SCITT
Biology (2NWN)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

The Stourport SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is committed to providing the best school based training experience in the area. The final qualification is for QTS, with a PGCE accredited through Birmingham City University, they come to us, you do not have to go to them!

Science departments across a number of secondary schools have been carefully chosen to support and guide new trainees to the profession. The secondary biology programme is based in a school from the very beginning and closely follows the national curriculum. Each successful applicant should be able to teach across all science areas up to Key Stage 4 and be willing to teach the full age range, from 11 to 16, with 16 to 19 enhancement for biology. Applicants will be given a full opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding at the interview and selection stage. Excellent support for trainees is offered by outstanding teachers and science departments, committed to providing the best school placement experiences. Trainees will be based at our Stourport Training Rooms for training and will be offered places at two different secondary schools within the local area during the course.

Please contact us direct on 07582 742961, email or check out our website on We will be pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding the course, support and guidance for completing your application or the final qualification.

Interview process

If your application is successful you will be called to interview very quickly. Your interview will normally take place in a school setting appropriate to the age range you wish to teach. You will attend only one interview session, and this will take either a full morning or afternoon. You will be formally interviewed by one of the SCITT team and a subject specialist. In your formal interview we will discuss your application in further detail and your motivation for teaching.

We are looking for applicants with a clear passion for both teaching and their subject; strong candidates will also show that they are at ease with pupils. As part of this process you will also teach a short episode (30 to 40 minutes) in your subject area to a class. We are not looking for the 'finished article' at this stage but you should aim to show your enthusiasm for your subject and positive relationships with students. Once the lesson has finished you will have the opportunity to write a reflection on your lesson. We will also ask you to sit a recent external examination paper in your subject.

Once the interview process is complete we meet as a panel to discuss all elements of the process. We would then make a decision and inform candidates within three working days of interview.

How school placements work

As we are very much ‘school centred’ you will spend a large proportion of the year in schools, so you will be immersed in school life from day one. We work with many schools across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. These are from a range of settings; from urban schools to more rural locations. We place trainees sensitively and would not normally expect you to have to travel for more than 30 minutes from home to get to your placement school.

You will teach students within secondary age ranges, pertinent to your subject area. The school placements are with two contrasting schools to maximise your teaching experience. Placement one is at the very beginning of the Autumn term, giving you an invaluable insight in to the start of the school year and the expectations surrounding this important time for children.

Your development will be supported by five intensive training blocks, delivered by experts and practicing teachers to ensure that you have excellent, current pedagogy. You will be given a mentor in each of your placements whom you will meet each week to discuss your progress. You will also be thoroughly immersed in the pastoral role of a teacher; you will be assigned to support a tutor group to gain an excellent understanding of the critical work a tutor does to monitor academic progress as well as caring for students’ welfare.

You will also gain first-hand experience of how your placement school delivers spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, as well as sex and relationships education. Your placement school will also offer you experience in the extra-curricular provision offered to students. Past trainees have supported school trips, sporting events, drama productions and many other enrichment activities.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

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.



The minimum academic requirements for this biology course are:

  • English GCSE (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above
  • Mathematics GCSE (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above
  • Post 16 qualifications with a strong interest in biology
  • Relevant degree at classification 2:2 or above

Personal qualities

We are looking for professional individuals with a genuine passion for teaching children and becoming part of the next generation of teachers. Ideally you will have school experience, if you need assistance with organising this, we are more than happy to help.

Other requirements

We will conduct a Data Barring Service (DBS) check for each applicant, at no cost.

About the training provider

Welcome to the Stourport School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme (code S95).

You have chosen to be part of the next generation of teachers, shaping the future of our young people. Teaching and learning is our core business, which is why we are a high performing, outstanding school with an Ofsted grade one in all categories.

Being a SCITT is very important to us. We apply cutting edge approaches to teaching and learning - rather like being a teaching hospital. Not only do we constantly explore new ideas and techniques for making learning exciting, engaging and fun, but we also train you to be the teachers of tomorrow. The teachers in our schools are trained as mentors - guiding, supporting and assessing trainee colleagues as they move towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status. We work with a number of local secondary and primary schools to provide an experience like no other.

Why train to be a teacher with Stourport SCITT?

  • Comprehensive training and support programme
  • 100% employment rate
  • Receive a tax free bursary for many subjects
  • Work hand in hand with local schools across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are a wholly inclusive training provider. We have worked with and supported trainee teachers with a range of needs and disabilities. We pride ourselves on meeting individual needs with a bespoke support package and mentoring guidance. Each trainee will be assessed on a individual basis.

Contact details

07582 742961
Wyre Forest House
Fine Point Way
DY11 7WF


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: S95
  • Training programme code: 2NWN

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Stourport SCITT
C/O Stourport Primary School, Park Avenue, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8SH
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