Applied Minds Teaching School
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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT)
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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

We run our course in partnership with Cornwall SCITT. You can access information about the course structure from their website. Our trainees follow the same course structure as they do. It gives an overview of the training year, how trainees are assessed, the PGCE expectations and much more. For each Secondary subject there are subject based training days with a specialist teacher. This is usually based in a school.

Cornwall SCITT (

Interview process

We have an interview process which we agree with our ITT Provider. We always have a formal interview with a Panel. We try where possible to include a short teaching episode in one of our partner schools for Primary and Mounts Bay for Secondary candidates. We include a tour at this time so you can see how school life is in practice.

How school placements work

Secondary - we use Mounts Bay Academy as the main placement school - based in Penzance. The website link for scitt also details the placement info.

There are very good transport links to and from the town and many people also car-share. Trainees quite often rent rooms or airbnb during the placements. We are 11-16.

We provide our Secondary trainees with a Macbook and an iPad as this is an essential part of our teaching and learning. We work with Cornwall SCITT to choose a suitable second placement school.


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

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



UK Honours Degree 2.2 or above or approved other degree (e.g. overseas). Maths and English C or above All qualifications required are detailed on the Scitt website.

About the training provider

We believe in investing in the growth of teachers, unlocking potential and encouraging both critical thinking and engaged, dynamic learning. We believe that teacher learning is an ongoing process, beginning with this initial training phase and continuing throughout your professional life. We are a group of schools with like-minded educational philosophies. We work together to promote leading teaching methods and cutting-edge learning services. For Secondary our main placement school is Mounts Bay Academy, an Outstanding school in Penzance. We use other good and outstanding schools for the second placement. We use a selection of good and outstanding Primary schools in and around this area to give a positive and varied experience. All our schools used experienced teachers to support their trainees and a comprehensive CPD programme of training and support. There are many wider opportunities during the training programme and we encourage people to apply who are motivated, creative, patient, confident and engaging as your enthusiasm for teaching will empower the futures of others.

About the accredited body

We have worked with Cornwall SCITT for many years and have built up a positive and trusting relationship over this time. We work very well together and receive consistently excellent feedback from all our trainees. We hold attend regular meetings with them and support the development of the course through this to provide the best programme for training teaching. They are an Outstanding provider.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support all candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria to participate fully in the training. Each school used for placements will have their own accessibility differences and they will work with any candidates to accommodate their needs.

Contact details

01736 352321
Mounts Bay Academy
Boscathnoe Lane
TR18 3JT


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Boscathnoe Lane, Heamoor, Penzance, TR18 3JT
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