The Wroxham School
Primary (2NY8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Trainees will spend 4 days a week in their host school, learning ‘on the job’, with one day a week training at The University of Hertfordshire.

You will get to know your class very well right from the start and your teaching workload will build up gradually. This means you won’t be teaching classes on your own until your school thinks you’re ready. Trainees on this course are supernumerary.

You will have a teacher mentor who you meet with very regularly and who will guide your learning, help with planning, give advice and set targets which are individual to your needs. You will have a Professional mentor within the school who will plan, oversee and support your training programme. In addition, there will be a visiting tutor from the University of Hertfordshire who will moderate and support. Within school you will have opportunities to observe in different classes.

You will have an alternative placement in an adjacent age group at another school for at least 6 weeks, usually in the Spring term.

Interview process

All applications are processed by The Wroxham Teaching School, who will shortlist and invite candidates to interview if their application meets both The Wroxham School’s and the University of Hertfordshire’s criteria.

The interview takes place at The Wroxham School and will include a written task set by The University of Hertfordshire. We will also ask you to read a story and lead a discussion (which you will have planned) with a class of children. You will be able to request a particular age group.

Finally you will be interviewed by a panel of no more than three people, one of whom may be a member of staff from your potential training school.

The interview usually takes no longer than a morning or afternoon. We usually make a decision on the day about whether to recommend you to the University of Hertfordshire. They will then review your written task and interview records and let you know within two weeks if you are offered a place on the course.

How school placements work

You will spend most of your time at your host school. You will be based in one class but also have opportunities to observe in other classes and age groups. One day a week at University.

Your second placement will be for around half a term based in a different school and age group. The Professional mentor at your host school will organise a placement at a school which is accessible to you and which will provide you with a different experience to your host school.


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

Student grants are available to eligible applicants.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Honours Degree – a second class degree or higher.

GCSE at grade 4 or above (grade C or higher) in maths, English Language and science. We do not accept equivalency tests.

Overseas qualifications should be checked via UK NARIC before application. See Please email admissions tutor before application with a copy of your NARIC and original certificate.

Personal qualities

You will need to show - Self motivation, self organisation, interpersonal skills and communication, leadership and passion, resilience and adaptability, that you are respectful and considerate, enthusiasm for teaching and a willingness to learn, understanding of primary education, gained from spending time in schools, understanding of the role of the teacher and the demands of the teaching profession, an ability to reflect on observational experience, well written application form and personal statement that should include some reference to the above.

Other requirements

All applicants will be subject to criminal records checks.

About the training provider

The Wroxham Teaching School is a lead school for School Direct courses and works in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. Our schools cover a wide geographical area, within travelling distance of the University of Hertfordshire’s DeHavilland campus in Hatfield. We offer two courses School Direct (Salaried) and School Direct (PGCE) which is self funded. Both courses last a year and result in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The SD PGCE course will also award you a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. You will be based in one main school, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ and spend one day per week training at university. A shorter second placement occurs in the spring term. If you are on the School Direct Salaried Primary Training Programme you will be paid a salary by the main school that you train in for that year. The only applicants we will be able to shortlist for the salaried route, are those with schools already committed to employing them for their training year. All applications are processed by The Wroxham Teaching School. We will invite candidates to interview if their application meets the university criteria. If the applicant is accepted, they will be allocated to a school in their area that has requested a trainee. We are always willing to work with schools that are new to our alliance, especially if they are already keen to host a particular applicant.
Please contact Jenny Bramley at the school for more information.

About the accredited body

The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of ITT. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables, it is rightly proud of its excellent reputation with local and regional schools who often employ our student teachers.

The School of Education has an excellent record of employment for trainees on their Initial Teacher Education programmes, and those who actively seek a teaching post at the end of their programme are successful in joining the profession.

We have achieved the top gold ranking in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework 2018.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Each year the University of Hertfordshire welcomes a significant number of students who disclose a disability and/or have other needs. The University seeks to create a fair, inclusive culture where everyone feels valued and respected.

The University of Hertfordshire and The Wroxham School are committed to promoting equality of opportunity to ensure that they meet the needs of disabled people and has policies that are intended to support all students both in their studies and in developing their professional practice.

If you have a disability or other need we encourage you to disclose this and any other relevant information that could support your studies. The School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire provides both academic and practice placement support for teachers in training with disabilities and other needs.

One key aspect of the PGCE course is to raise awareness of mental health and well-being and to support the removal of unnecessary workload. University of Hertfordshire disability support

University of Hertfordshire statement on disability disclosure by students.

Contact details

The Wroxham School
Wroxham Gardens
Potters Bar


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University of Hertfordshire
De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9EU
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