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

Accredited body
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
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.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This is an 11-16 phase training programme.

Our school based training means you will be based in one of our partner schools on placement Monday – Thursday, and treated by the school as a member of staff. On Friday trainees come together for a day’s training of pedagogy and subject knowledge, following a comprehensive programme across the year. The PGCE delivered by Sheffield Hallam University takes place on four Fridays across the year at the SCITT Training Centre (Nottingham). There are two PGCE assignments in January and May.

For half of the Spring term you will spend time in another school, as the training must include teaching in two schools. Trainees’ progress is reviewed throughout the year in order to meet the Teaching Standards for award of QTS.

The course has been carefully structured to guide you through your transformation from a skilled practitioner to a confident teacher within a practical learning environment. Your choice to begin this course was just the beginning of your journey to learn and understand how to capture the observations and curiosity of young, aspiring children.

You will understand the National Curriculum and relevant Key Stages.

The course aims to:

  • Fulfil and support the general aims of the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham curriculum

  • Develop competencies specific to the phase and subject which you are teaching

  • Ensure that trainees are competent professionals and effective teachers

  • Encourage an enthusiasm for education

  • Encourage trainees to challenge pupils and to meet their individual needs

A Subject /Phase Lead. They will help you with specific subject issues and lead the Sessions on Friday.

You will have a professional subject mentor on each placement with an hour’s 1:1 mentoring session every week.

You will also work with colleagues throughout your school, in learning support and the Senior Leadership Team who will be pro-active in helping you.

“What a fantastic year! The SCITT course is well structured and progressively introduces trainees to the demands of the profession in preparation for a successful career in teaching. I was unquestionably supported during the year by course leaders, mentors and friends.”

“I enjoy coming together for our training day , where we can share our experiences from our placement schools, and take away excellent advice and information that we take back into the classroom.”

School placements

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance works with a range of different partner schools across the East Midlands, selected carefully to ensure trainees have a high quality experience. Collaboration and partnership is the foundation of school-based training. In hosting trainees, partner schools shall ensure that trainees have access to a range of experiences, allowing them to fulfil the requirements of all of the Teachers’ Standards applicable to the phase being taught, and will be invited to participate in programme planning and improvements to the programme as part of the self-evaluation process. Trainees are asked at interview if they have a preference of placement school, taking into account any personal circumstances and ability to travel. Training takes place across the full academic year, September to July. Trainees will be in their placement school from the first day of term (having been suitably inducted and orientated by their mentor/school staff), and will undertake a second school placement in the spring term.

The trainees increase their teaching commitment throughout the year. They will roughly follow the programme below: Weeks 1 - 2 Observing lessons Autumn Term Working up to teaching 6 hours a week Spring Term Working up to teaching 10 hours a week Summer Term Working up to teaching 15 hours a week Trainees would be expected to plan and mark for the lessons they are teaching, as well as attending relevant parents evening and extra-curricular sessions. Trainees are not to be left unattended whilst teaching and should receive feedback on each of their teaching episodes

Your timetable will be drawn up by your mentor to facilitate your stepped professional development against the SCITT curriculum

  • Cover the appropriate lessons in the schedule over a Monday to Thursday period.

  • Opportunities to observe expert colleagues across the school.

  • Provide appropriate developmental opportunities across the Key Stages/age phases of your training to develop your teaching skills, knowledge and understanding and to support your further professional development

  • Opportunity to plan and deliver learning sequences

  • Progress from collaborative to independent teaching as confidence grows

  • Dedicated 1 hour mentor meeting, review progress and set targets

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

We will consider a 3rd class degree

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Candidates are expected to cover the cost of taking and studying for an approved equivalency test.

Personal qualities

A desire to teach and work with young people.

All teachers need to be able to communicate well.

A commitment to work hard. Our teachers and partnership schools will work hard in supporting you, and you must demonstrate equal commitment.

Teaching is about working with others - we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other trainees and with teachers.

You need to be open to new ideas, willing to review your own progress and reflect on the new situations in which you will find yourself. You will need to be organised and independent.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

All applicants must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. You will be required to disclose previous offences as part of the checks.

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, and everyone involved in the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham trainee placements shares this commitment, and are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.

Fees and financial support

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

Fees are paid pro rata across the three terms:

October 25% February 25% May 50%

There are no other costs.

We will ask you to confirm your method of payment, and agree to maintain repayments by completing a tuition fee payment agreement.
All trainees will be invoiced for payments at each of the instalment periods.

About the training provider

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance offers primary and secondary teacher training. We are passionate about education and the transformational role education plays in pupils’ future opportunities. Forming part of ARCHWAY LEARNING TRUST we proudly share the values of “Excellence, Collaboration and Inclusion” and the power of working together. We strive to ensure that all trainees are fully equipped for a career in teaching, ensuring the dedication and skill-set to remove any barriers to learning pupils in their classes may face. We are unapologetic in our drive to provide high quality trainees to work with pupils of all backgrounds from a wide spectrum of educational beginnings.

The advantage of school based training is the significant amount of time spent in schools, who are selected because they want to train new entrants to the profession to become outstanding practitioners. You are in school Monday – Thursday learning first-hand from practising teachers with a proven track record for excellence. Our partnership schools offer a tailored placement, to fit our curriculum, allowing you to become fully immersed in school life and wider community. This is underpinned by high quality training each Friday, covering an extensive range of different teaching skills delivered by experts in their field.

We pride ourselves on the layers of support our trainees receive. You will be assigned a Subject/Phase Lead who will help you with specific subject issues and lead subject/phase sessions.

You will be supported by an experienced subject teacher mentor on each placement offering 1:1 support each week.

About the accredited body

At Bluecoat SCITT Alliance, we celebrate INCLUSION and DIVERSITY and we encourage our trainees to be committed, reflective professionals with high levels of pedagogical skill and subject knowledge. Our education and training are designed to prepare new teachers to be AMBITIOUS for all of their learners, founded in a culture of HIGH ASPIRATIONS.

Through COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP, we aim to provide a high-quality, coherent, rich and inclusive curriculum which ensures that novice teachers are well-equipped to meet the needs of all learners, providing the East Midlands with teachers CONFIDENT in meeting the needs of our diverse schools.

Reference Recruitment Policy

Interview process

We are passionate about providing quality educational experiences for the young people in our care and, as such, we are looking for passionate and inspirational trainees and will be evaluating this in your interview. We are looking for an understanding of school-based training; an awareness of current educational issues; a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling; clear reasons for wanting to teach; commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability; maturity and self-confidence; and an appropriate level of subject knowledge.

The structure of the interview will normally include the following:

  • an engagement activity with a small group of students
  • a short reflection task
  • an interview with a small panel of staff

Candidates will be informed in detail about the requirements for their interview in advance including if a subject test is required (if degree is not subject applying to teach - guidance will be provided for this)

There is opportunity to ask any questions before, during and after the interview process .

Interviews will usually take place face to face (there maybe an exception to undertaking interviews online)

If you are successful at this interview you will be offered a conditional place.

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Throughout the day, staff involved in the interviews and activities will be assessing applicants, their suitability to work with children, experience, qualifications (and subject knowledge) and potential to become a trainee teacher.

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

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality and diversity across all aspects of the partnership. We aim to ensure equality of opportunity for all trainee teachers and staff, in an environment in which all individuals are recognised as being of equal value and are able to make best use of their skills through equality of opportunity. Our commitment to equality is, in part, achieved through the eradication of discrimination including disability (physical or mental impairment). We support the ethos of the social model of disability which attempts to remove barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people. We encourage all trainee teachers, or stakeholders to alert a relevant member of staff if they are disabled or become disabled in order that the SCITT can support them as appropriate.

If you require any special access arrangements, or disability support, we will ensure your placement school is suited to your needs and able to provide the support you require.

Contact this training provider

0115 9007230
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
Maid Marian Way (Off Castle Road)

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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