The Wroxham School Primary (2NY8)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
4 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

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.

School placements

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. Each week you will have a learning focus presented at the University which will be followed up as part of your School Based Training.

Your second placement will be for around half a term based in a different school and age group. The Wroxham 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Student grants are available to eligible applicants.

About the training provider

The Wroxham 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. The course we offer is a School Direct PGCE (self funded). The course lasts a year and results in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 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. You spend one day a week throughout the year at The University of Hertfordshire.

All applications are processed by The Wroxham 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.
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About the accredited body

University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of teacher training with a long-standing history of working in partnership to support Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

We are recognised among the top 25% of providers by the Department for Education (DfE). We have been consistently rated good (Ofsted 2005-6, 2010-11, 2013-14) in our Ofsted inspections and have been recognised in the Guardian and Times league tables.

Interview process

All applications are processed by The Wroxham 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. Candidates will usually have a visit to The Wroxham School where there training needs are discussed and a potential training school identified.

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.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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 this training provider

The Wroxham School
Wroxham Gardens
Potters Bar

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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