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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church 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.

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


About the course

Professional Learning Days

These are whole day sessions where the basics of teaching and learning are presented and good practice shared. You will be trained at our dedicated training facility and the training will be delivered by our own expert staff who have been accredited by Christ Church University. These sessions cover topics such as Lesson Planning, Behaviour Management, AEN and Inclusion and Theories of Learning.

Trainees will also attend fifteen additional Subject Days, delivered at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Pedagogy in Practice

These are weekly Monday am or pm Professional Studies sessions where the theories presented during the Professional Learning Days are put into practice.

School placements

Wider Professional Practice

A four week contrasting placement will be arranged for each trainee. In addition, an alternative stage placement of one week’s duration is arranged.

Visits to other schools can be set up to provide wider experience.

Interview process

Westlands School is the lead school within the Trust and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. Applicants for positions at other schools within the Trust will be given the opportunity to visit the relevant school.

A rigorous selection procedure is in place. This will involve a full day spent at the school. Applicants are required to undertake a number of tasks during the day including:

  • an introduction to School Direct within the Trust
  • tour of the school(s)
  • a meet the pupils session
  • brief literacy and numeracy tests if Skills Tests have not already been successfully completed
  • a delivery of short subject based task to a group of pupils
  • formal interview

All offers will be ratified by and made through Canterbury Christ Church University.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £5,960.

Trainees on this route are responsible for QTS tuition fees. For those who opt to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) this will involve a further fee.

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.



Degree: Minimum Lower Second You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, although we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. You should have a degree in which the majority of the content was based on the subject for which you are applying.

GCSE: You will need at least a Grade C or equivalent in GCSE English and maths.

Personal qualities

Our trainees will:

  • have a real desire to work with young people and help them realise their potential
  • be enthusiastic about their subject
  • have high expectations
  • have effective written and oral communication skills
  • be dedicated and prepared to work hard
  • be resilient
  • be a team player
  • be able to work independently
  • realise the importance of meeting deadlines
  • be open to new ideas
  • be willing to review personal progress
  • be able to reflect on strengths and areas for development
  • have excellent organisational skills
  • have a sense of professionalism.

About the training provider

We have a long history of training teachers within the Trust and have developed a rigorous and robust training programme. This consists of a combination of practical and theoretical elements delivered by a dedicated team at the Trust Training Centre.

We recognise that trainees come with varying levels of previous school experience and our training is therefore tailored to the individual. Those who have plenty of relevant classroom experience have the opportunity to begin teaching whole classes early on in the programme. Those with less relevant experience will receive more guidance at the beginning, to build a firm foundation on which to base their classroom practice.

Our belief in the importance of trainees having sufficient time to work with more experienced staff means our aim is to make School Direct appointments supernumerary. This provides time for trainees to work closely with mentors and others to develop high level skills before being given full responsibility for classes.

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. School Direct positions are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

About the accredited body

Please visit the relevant University website for further details on course content: (http://www.canterbury.ac.uk)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Over recent years, schools and academies have (in line with other institutions and public bodies) been working towards an improved understanding of the diverse nature of their communities. Much of the work is in response to new legislation that places an increased duty on schools, academies and other settings to tackle radicalisation and to establish a positive ethos of British Values. Legislation requires schools and academies both to eliminate direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment and to promote equalities for students, staff and others who use their facilities.

In our Trust we work to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all members of our community who hold a range of protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, as well as having regard to other factors which have the potential to cause inequality, such as, socio-economic factors.

Contact details

07496 972 623
Westlands Avenue
ME10 1PF


Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Rainham Mark Grammar School
Pump Lane, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 7AJ
Yes A
The Holmesdale School
Malling Road, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5HS
Yes Q
The Sittingbourne School
Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4NL
Yes S
The Whitstable School
Bellevue Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1PX
Yes C
Westlands School
Westlands Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1PF
Yes H

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