Tollbar Academy English (32NP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Hull
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Tollbar Family of Academies is a unique Multi Academy Trust (MAT) led by experienced educationalists responsible for one of the largest and most successful schools in the country. Tollbar MAT aims to offer a world-class, 21st century education to the young people in all its Academies, providing life-long learning opportunities and creating centres of excellence, which model the successful practices at Tollbar Academy, bringing confidence and pride to the local community. To learn more about the Trust visit our website

Tollbar MAT works closely with the University of Hull to offer teacher trainees a high quality programme which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as enabling candidates to achieve a PGCE. The Secondary PGCE programme concentrates on the teaching of 11 - 16 year olds, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching. It is delivered by the University from its Hull campus together with Academies within Tollbar MAT. Our Academies are based in Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire region.

Trainees spend one third of their course studying at the University with dedicated subject tutors, and the remainder is spent on two teaching practices in two Academies within the Trust. On placement every trainee has the benefit of both a professional tutor, and a subject specific, personal mentor to guide them through their teaching practice.

English The course will prepare you to be an English subject specialists across the 11 - 16 age range, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching. We are seeking applicants who have a high degree of vocational motivation as well as strengths in the academic fields of English language and literature.

Trainees are given a thorough grounding in the requirements of the National Curriculum, and in the practical classroom strategies. There is a strong emphasis on trainees’ individual creativity in developing learning resources. The course also encourages the development of critical literacy, through reflection on teaching methodologies and engagement with current research in the field.

The course places a strong emphasis on the requirements of GCSE and A level subject planning and assessment, and on increasing trainees’ grammatical confidence and awareness. Work on Shakespeare involves collaborative practical sessions and an approach to play texts as enjoyable, popular, performance material needing interactive classroom activities.

School placements

Practical Classroom Experience All trainees have two school placements and teach in two Academies within Tollbar MAT. The two periods of teaching experience are approximately 12 weeks in length. Each teaching block is preceded by a developmental phase of structured preparation. This involves observing experienced teachers working with individual pupils, working with groups of pupils, team teaching, and eventually taking responsibility for whole lessons. In their practical teaching, trainees are advised and guided by their subject mentors in schools, and observed teaching by University Method Tutors. Trainees each have a Journal and Profile Document in which they and their mentors record their development. This document is both formative and summative because you use it throughout your training and it also contains two sections for completion at the end of each major period of teaching.

Tollbar MAT has extensive experience in supporting trainees through their placements. Staff at each of our Academies have a vast experience of supporting and guiding trainees to develop their craft. The Trust is keen to develop reflective practitioners who are passionate about delivering a high class education to our students. Subject mentors have received the necessary training from the University and are highly competent practitioners who are keen to aid the development of trainees. The Trust also allocates a senior member of staff on each site to oversee the support that trainees receive. During placements, bespoke sessions are ran for trainees to enhance their knowledge which underpins their classroom experiences.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

If degree held is not in the chosen subject area applicants will be expected to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course.

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Personal Criteria We a looking for someone who is:

  • Motivated to work with young people and enthusiastic about their subject.
  • Adaptable, hardworking and committed to teaching all pupils
  • Able to think on their feet, with good communication skills.
  • Work as a member of a team as well as being independent and resourceful.

Other requirements

Professional Requirements You will be well qualified in your subject and to be able to talk about it with understanding and enthusiasm.

Experience of working with young people or, at least evidence that you have done some research into teaching, such as undertaking some classroom observation, will be viewed positively.

Protection of Children Admission to all Initial Teacher Training programmes will be subject to the relevant Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced checks. Entrants to Initial Teacher Training also have to show ‘physical and mental fitness’ to teach and will be asked to provide evidence along with completing a self-disclosure form.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Fees and Bursaries Please contact the Teacher Education Team on 01482 466028/465974 for information on Fees.

If you are an International student from a non-EU country you will be charged the standard overseas student fee.

Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit DfE website.

About the training provider

Tollbar MAT Family of Academies

Tollbar Family of Academies is a unique Multi Academy Trust (MAT) led by experienced educationalists responsible for one of the largest and most successful schools in the country. Tollbar MAT aims to offer a world-class, 21st century education to the young people in all its Academies, providing life-long learning opportunities and creating centres of excellence, which model the successful practices at Tollbar Academy, bringing confidence and pride to the local community.

It is a learning community, run by a team who have proved their worth by maintaining their own outstanding outcomes for the 2,200 students at Tollbar Academy, while mentoring six further Academies, Primary and Secondary, and taking two of these from ‘Special Measures’ and ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in a short space of time.

Such is their success, that Tollbar Academy has not only been rated ‘Outstanding’ on three consecutive occasions by Ofsted, but it is also designated as one of the UK’s high-performing schools.

Tollbar MAT are delighted to offer the opportunity to train with our Trust. We have extensive experience of working with trainee teachers across a number of subject areas (Biology, Chemistry, French, Geography, History, Maths, Physics, Primary and Spanish). A large number of our past trainees have remained with the Trust having been offered teaching roles following successful completion of teacher training.

Interview process

Applications should be made as early as possible, of the academic year immediately preceding the proposed date of entry.

Suitable applicants will be called for interview. The interview process will involve staff from Tollbar MAT and University of Hull. Candidates will complete a teaching task and formal interview as part of the process. Full details are sent to each candidate who has been selected for interview.

For more information contact: Paul Donnelly - HR Officer and School Development for Tollbar MAT Email: Phone: 01472 502299

Teacher Education Team, Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education, School of Education and Social Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX Tel: 01482 466028/465974

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

The Company is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all applicants. We aim to create an environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of their gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age (the protected characteristics).

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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).

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