Tapton Teaching School Alliance
Primary (25SG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

We offer the School Direct route into initial teacher training – a school based approach to learning to teach. This is in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University who award the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters level credits.

You will graduate alongside, and with the same certificate as those who follow the traditional PGCE route through university, but with the benefit of experiencing the support of highly experienced teachers and mentors coaching and supporting you along the rich and varied path to becoming a newly qualified teacher.

As a School Direct trainee you will be introduced and welcomed into one of our partner schools at the start of the September school term as a member of staff. You will attend the school’s training and induction and get to know the school staff and the children in the class to which you will be assigned. You will get to know the school routines and have the opportunity to visit different year groups and learning situations throughout the school.

You will attend SHU each Friday for the taught session of your learning which will credit you towards your 60 Masters credits by the end of the course. Each week you will meet together as a group and be taught other modules of the course by one of our experienced teachers, SLE’s or leaders in education.

There is no doubt that this will be a demanding course requiring resilience and energy. However, it will be rich, varied, inspiring and enabling you to get the best start possible in your chosen profession.

Fields of Learning has a thriving partnership of primary, infant, junior and secondary schools in a range of locations across Sheffield and N.E Derbyshire. Each of the schools value learning for life, and are committed to ensuring their future teachers are well prepared and supported for this challenging but highly rewarding career.

Fields of Learning are committed to contributing to the provision of tomorrow’s outstanding teaching force.

Interview process

Interviews will be hosted by one of our partner schools although this may not be the school a candidate is ultimately placed at.

The interview process is an opportunity for you to meet us and your chance to elaborate on the skills you bring to your new profession.

How school placements work

Each school placement will have student mentors who are trained by SHU to ensure that they are clear about your learning requirements and can support your individual needs. This will also be part of the class teacher’s role, but we will primarily encourage you to be reflective, self-evaluating learners yourself, able to judge your progress and targets to constantly improve your skills and knowledge.

You will begin, with the class teacher’s guidance and planning support, to teach groups of children and to experience class teaching. You will develop your skills to prepare you for your first assessed block placement after the October holiday and up until Christmas. During this period, you will be teaching the children in your placement class for at least 25% of the time. Your mentor will observe, support and assess your progress.

From January to March you will receive an experience in a contrasting school. Again this is an opportunity to experience a rich and varied teaching and learning experience, with visits to EAL and SEND schools and enriching your curriculum experiences. Teaching at SHU and school based teaching will continue, but there is no assessment of teaching in this block.

After Easter, for your final school experience, you will return to your first placement school and will carry out your Assessed Block Placement 2 in a different Key Stage to your first one.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,500

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.



Anyone with a degree can apply to train on a School Direct programme. UCAS require applicants to hold the minimum of GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths, English and Science to a grade C/4.

Many School Direct applicants come straight from University, others make the choice to come to teaching after successful careers in other professions. We will consider every application on its individual merits.

About the training provider

With Fields of Learning you will receive a rich classroom based PGCE experience accredited through Sheffield Hallam University working with an outstanding team of supportive and highly experienced teachers and fully accredited mentors with a reputation for being the best practitioners in their fields.

  • You will play a full role in school life and we will value your fresh subject experience, energy and new perspectives
  • The support you receive from recruitment onwards, ensures that your professional learning is personalised
  • We guarantee a diverse and contrasting range of experiences and your training will be enriched by a stimulating second placement - bespoke to meet your needs and interests
  • 89% of our trainees received a good or outstanding grade at the end of the course last year
  • The intention to employ within our alliance for our most successful beginner teachers is high. Typically our trainees secure immediate employment at the end of the course

We also offer a comprehensive School Experience Programme designed to give you a flavour of what life is like in a school. If you wish to gain some experience in a secondary school please register or log in at Get into Teaching and find us from the list.

Alternatively you may wish to gain experience in a primary school you can find out about this by emailing [jcadman@taptonschool.co.uk]

About the accredited body

You will enjoy the opportunity to work with Sheffield Hallam University, the accredited provider for our programme that is among the UKs foremost providers of initial teacher education. Sheffield has an abundance of facilities and attractions for students and post graduates [https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here] For more information on Sheffield Hallam University please visit their website [https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us]

Contact details

0114 2671414
Fields of Learning TSA
Tapton School
Darwin Lane
S10 5RG


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