Diverse Association for Professional Learning (formerly TVTSA) English (37MJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

You will be trained in a highly supportive, creative, inspirational environment where you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to deliver high quality teaching and learning. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service from an experienced and dedicated team.

Trainees work a full academic year in their host school, and are part of the school community from the start - from the first day of term to the last.

All of our trainees have Wednesday afternoon off timetable to:

  • Attend a ‘wider context programme’ which is delivered by experts within our schools with sessions varying from behaviour management to marking and assessment.

  • Take part in alternative setting experiences at a SEND school, an alternative provision and a local school with a high percentage of EAL pupils (English as an additional language).

  • To complete research and gather evidence to complete the PGCE assignments.

  • To network with other Association trainees.

This course leads to QTS, PGCE and Masters Credits.

School placements

  • This course is school led and the majority of the training year will be in your chosen school.

  • One day a week will be spent at Nottingham Trent University, for a maximum of twenty eight days.

  • You will have a six week second placement based on your development needs in the early part of the spring term.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Tuxford, Newark, NG22 0JH
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy
Chesterfield Road, South Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 7AP
Retford Oaks Academy
Babworth Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7NJ
Walton Academy
Harlaxton Road, Grantham, Notts, NG31 7JR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

  • You want to make a real difference and your enthusiasm is clear.

  • You can articulate how you have influenced or positively impacted the lives of others.

  • You know why you want to teach and can demonstrate your teaching skills.

  • You understand the challenges ahead in your journey to become a teacher.

  • You know how to grow and learn from making mistakes.

  • You want to be part of the school community and understand the importance of this.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

The fee for UK and EU students is £9250.00 which is the standard rate for postgraduate courses.

Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses

Those from the UK and the EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in priority subject areas, this is dependent on your degree level and the subject you wish to teach and the information can be found from the DfE.

Scholarships are available from a number of sources.

About the training provider

Diverse Association for Professional Learning has been successfully running school direct programmes across primary and secondary phases since 2012. We have a number of secondary schools and over thirty five primary schools in the association, these are all quality assured by us and are located in and around Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

We pride ourselves on a personal, tailored approach. We are a small, committed team who get to know you as individuals to support your journey into teaching. The choice of training school is led by you - you select the school for your training year, are interviewed in that school and hold relationships with your future team before your training even starts. We have well established relationships with all of the schools we work with and we collaborate with the understanding that the right choice of school is an essential and important part of the process.

We are proud that some of our original cohort are now mentors for our current trainees. The employment rate for our trainees is high, with over half of each cohort being recruited directly into our partner schools.

Please visit our website for more information - https://www.diverseassociation.org.uk/get-into-teaching/pathways-into-teaching/

Interview process

As this course is run in partnership between Diverse Association and Nottingham Trent University, two interviews are required.

The university interview will establish the extent at which you are likely to meet the academic requirements of the programme, your commitment and passion for your chosen subject or phase, and the aptitude you have for teaching.

The Diverse Association interview will take place at the school you have chosen to train in, and involves the three activities below:

  • Pupil Panel
  • Teach a twenty minute lesson
  • Formal interview

Both parties discuss the outcome of the interview before a place is offered.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from all candidates, if you have a disability or other needs please add the information to the application form and we will strive to support you through the training year. There is a varying degree of disability access within our schools, If you would like to discuss this before applying please email getintoteaching@diverse-ac.org.uk

There are no child care facilities at any of our schools however, many have nurseries close by.

All of the schools are accessible by car, many of the association schools are based near major towns and cities and so can be accessed by public transport.

Contact this training provider

Tuxford Academy
Marnham Road
NG22 0JH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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