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Abbey Infants’ School Primary (2N4C)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
High Force Education (SCITT)
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

This programme is a unique partnership between the Federation of Abbey Schools, Sedgefield Hardwick, High Force Education SCITT and Northumbria University. It is a 10 month programme based at our Lead School. The programme is school led with strong relationships with employing schools. On successful completion of the programme, you will be a strong candidate to secure your first teaching position.

The structure of the programme has been tailored in order to provide high quality training, effective mentoring and varied school experiences that develop your skill base and ensure you are fully equipped to enter the teaching profession.

This is a professional, vocational and immersive course. As a post graduate trainee teacher, you will spend a significant amount of time in the classroom with the PGCE complementing each aspect of your training.

You will be fully supported by the SCITT team and have dedicated Subject and Hub Learning Leads who have extensive knowledge of educational theory and have considerable expertise in effective practice in schools. They will provide you with the most up to date pedagogy and give you the opportunity to engage with recent and relevant educational research.

We use a blended approach to learning with opportunities to learn at your Hub, the SCITT Centre and at home. We use technology to enable you to not only make use of learning resources, but also to inspire learners in school and establish yourself in the professional and academic networks that will be important to your own career development.

School placements

As one of four hubs for High Force Education, training will take place based at our Lead School- Sedgefield Hardwick. Placements will also be undertaken in satellite schools near to where trainees live. On a Wednesday, for approximately 20 days, trainees from all four High Force hubs will come together for joint subject training.

Training in the Hub School is delivered one day a week by a blended approach of both face-to-face and remote learning by the Hub Learning Lead. Our Hub Learning Lead will also work with trainees during their placements in satellite schools and carry out key observations to nurture their progress.

Placements in our satellite schools will provide trainees with diverse school experiences in each phase of primary education and an opportunity to experience a wide range of school environments, from village schools to larger and more culturally diverse schools. You will be placed in 3 different schools across the year to gain a wealth of experience in a range of settings.

School placements are specifically and carefully selected for you to meet your individual development needs and to widen your skills in working with a range of pupils.

Two of the placements are classed as assessed teaching practices where you will be required to be assessed in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to observe in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting, a specialist school and a residential visit to schools in Bradford with a high proportion of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).

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

We do not accept Level 2 functional skills tests. Please contact us and we can advise you on the company we use for equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a desire and passion to teach children
  • Motivate and inspire young children to reach their full educational potential in life
  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to teach at an excellent level and continually improve and develop as a practitioner
  • Communicate clearly and articulately in spoken and written standard English, with accurate spelling and grammar
  • Demonstrate openness to learning, self- development and welcome feedback
  • Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and respect for children, families and colleagues
  • Team player
  • Show creativity, flair and adaptability
  • Have resilience

Other requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed above, the following ITT requirements must be met.

That all entrants:

  • Have satisfactory references
  • Are ‘Fit to Train to Teach’
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary and all details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary and all details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

About the training provider

The Federation of Abbey Schools and Sedgefield Hardwick Primary are the lead schools in the Teesside and Darlington region. This is an ideal location to train to teach if you live in this area.

The two schools work together to support and nurture the trainees who live in the area; trainees are interviewed in the Hub School and will spend the majority of their year at the Hub and Satellite schools attached to the Hub.

Training is delivered by a blended approach of both face-to-face and remote learning by our experienced Subject Learning Leads and Hub Learning Leads.

As a School Direct trainee teacher, you will also be enrolled as a Northumbria University distance learner student. You will have full access to Northumbria University facilities and site. Although you will not be required to visit the site as part of the programme as all of your training will take place within the school partnership, you may choose to access the library facilities to support the PGCE element of the programme.

About the accredited body

High Force Education is a an Ofsted Outstanding provider. We are a small provider who are passionate about nurturing and supporting you to become a highly skilled Early Career Teacher. We get to know all of our trainees and can personalise the course to reflect your needs.

Our programme aims to prepare you to become an effective teacher capable of making a significant contribution to the workplace, both during and after the programme. You will spend the majority of the programme in the classroom and have a dedicated Hub Learning Lead to teach you from our ‘Learn to Curriculum.’.

Interview process

High Force Education SCITT leads and manages the assessment process with the support from our Lead Hub school.

Trainees are interviewed virtually via our Hub school.

The interview consists of:

  • Pre Interview Task
  • Interview

High Force considers a wide range of evidence to judge an applicant’s potential to train to teach including the application process, references, results of assessment day tasks and interpersonal skills demonstrated throughout the interview

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

High Force is committed to equality of opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or socio-economic circumstances. For specific information and guidance on support, provision available and/or facilities for trainees with learning difficulties or disabilities, please contact the ITT Deputy Director on 01833 630487. We produce a separate Disability Statement, outlining facilities for disabled learners. This is available on request.

We have a dedicated pastoral lead who can provide additional support when needed.

Contact this training provider

01325 380748
Federation of Abbey Schools
Cleveland Terrace
Co. Durham

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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