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Diverse Association for Professional Learning Primary (T268)

PGCE with QTS part 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
3 to 7
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
7 December 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course leads to QTS, PGCE and Masters Credits.

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. TVTSA schools are committed to Initial Teacher Training and have formed a steering group with partner schools to quality assure and develop the course. The in school mentors are supportive and are able to tailor the course to best suit your development. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service from an experienced dedicated team.

Year 1

  • Trainees will complete 3days a week in one school for a full academic year (days will be based around your availability)
  • One day a week will be at Bishop Grosseteste University, this is Monday for secondary trainees and Friday for primary trainees, up to a maximum of 28 days

Year 2

  • Trainees will complete either 3 days a week with the first term in a second placement school organised by TVTSA, and the second term back in the year 1 school.
  • TVTSA will provide their bespoke teacher training package on Wednesday afternoons in year 2
  • The course will end at Easter

School placements

This course is school led and the majority of the training year will be in your chosen school, with one day per week at University. The structure of the year is referred to above.

For additional questions about the running of the part time course please email


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
Gamston Primary School
Stanboard Lane, Gamston, Retford, Notts, DN22 0PE
Prospect Hill Junior School
Maple Drive, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0LR
St Augustine’s School
Longfellow Drive, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0DW
St Swithuns C of E Primary School
Grove Street, Retford, Notts, DN22 6LD
Tuxford Primary Academy
Newark Road, Tuxford, Notts, NG22 0NA
Worksop Priory CofE Primary Academy
Holles Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2LJ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification, preferably a 1st or 2:1 level although we will consider applications with a lower degree class.

For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to your teaching subject. We expect at least 50% of your degree is relevant to the subject you intend to teach.

All candidates require GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (Primary also need GCSE Grade A-C in Science). We will also accept approved equivalent qualifications.

You can apply for the course not meeting these requirements, but you must obtain them before the course starts.

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.

Other requirements

Candidates should be able to discuss experience of working with children or coaching/training adults. Candidates should be able to illustrate how their current skills can be transferred to a classroom setting.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

The fee for UK and EU students is £9250.00 which is the standard rate for postgraduate courses. This is divided between the two training years.

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

Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance TVTSA has been successfully running school direct programmes across primary and secondary phases in many schools and academies over since 2012. Some of our original cohort are now mentors for the current school direct trainees. The employment rate for our trainees is extremely high, with over half of each cohort being recruited directly into TVTSA partner schools.

Tuxford Academy is an Ofsted outstanding academy as well as a designated OLEVI centre of excellence is the lead school for TVTSA. It is based in North Nottinghamshire and is a very popular rural school. TVTSA have a number of secondary schools and over 35 primary schools in the alliance and these are all quality assured by TVTSA and are located in and around Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

We pride ourselves on a personal, tailored approach. We are a small team and this enables us to get to know you as individuals and support your varying needs. We allow you to select your school of choice for your training year as well as interviewing you in that school, allowing you to build relationships early on, before training even starts. We have well established relationships with all the schools we work with and their staff.

Please visit our webpage and click “get into teaching”. Or for any questions email We also run a series of school experience days, these can be found on our website.

Interview process

Although this course is run in partnership between TVTSA and Bishop Grosseteste University, you will just have one interview, organised by TVTSA.

This takes place at the Academy** that you have chosen to train in which will give you a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with the school, members of staff and the pupils. The interview will be with TVTSA and staff from the Academy and will consist of:

  • Pupil Panel
  • Teach a 20 minute lesson
  • Formal interview
  • Literacy and Numeracy skills tests

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

**Currently due to Covid-19, all interviews are taking place on a virtual platform until further notice. This may change during the course of the academic year 2020/21. You will be informed when your application is received as to how you will be interviewed.

Training with disabilities and other needs

TVTSA 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

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

All of the schools are accessible by car, many of the partnership 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).

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