Diverse Association for Professional Learning (formerly TVTSA) Primary (P417)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste 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
5 to 11
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 Bishop Grosseteste 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
Bracken Lane Primary Academy
Bracken Lane, Rteford, Notts, DN22 7EU
East Markham Primary School
4 Askham Road, East Markham, Newark, Notts, NG22 0RG
Hillocks Primary Academy
Unwin Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire , NG17 4ND
Kneesall C of E Primary School
School Lane, Ossington Road, Kneesall, Newark, NG22 0AB
Maun Infant and Nursery School
Walesby Lane, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9RJ
Misterton Primary School
27 Grovewood Close, Misterton, Doncaster, DN10 4EF
North Wheatley C of E Primary School
Sturton Road, South Wheatley, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 9DH
Ordsall Primary School
Ordsall Road, Retford, Notts, DN22 7SL
Prospect Hill Junior School
Maple Drive, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0LR
Rampton Primary School
Retford Road, Rampton, Retford, Notts, DN22 0JB
Samuel Barlow Primary School
76 Church Road, Clipstone, Mansfield, NG21 9DG
St Augustine’s School
Longfellow Drive, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0DW
St Oswald’s C of E Primary Academy
Silver Birch Grove, Finningley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 3EQ
Thrumpton Primary
Whinney Moor Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7AF
Tuxford Primary Academy
Newark Road, Tuxford, Notts, NG22 0NA
Worksop Priory CofE Primary Academy
Holles Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2LJ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject area or key stage, people who want the very best for our pupils.

Successful candidates should be hardworking, driven and motivated as well as being dedicated to safeguarding and the welfare of our students. You need to be committed to helping our students progress to the best of their ability and must fully embrace the ethos of the schools they work in.

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 Bishop Grosseteste University, Just one in school interview is required.

The interview involves the activities below:

  • Pupil Panel
  • Teach a twenty minute lesson
  • Formal interview
  • Maths and Literacy online tasks

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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