Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership Primary (L206)

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

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This modular programme runs for one year and is available to high quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Candidates are entitled to a tuition fee loan and may be eligible for a bursary.

The tuition fee programme offers:

  • full-time school-based training with University of Greenwich

  • placement in two Good or Outstanding local schools from the Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership

  • approximately 24 weeks in school with remaining time at university

-* interactive sessions at the university focused across a range of modules

  • visits by your own personal tutor

  • choice to specialise in EYFS, KS1 or KS2

  • support by mentors and experienced teachers

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Final School Experience and Professional Development (30 credits)

  • Inspiring Primary Learners (30 credits)

  • Initial School Experience and Professional Development (30 credits)

  • Children’s Learning and Development (30 credits)

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as ‘Outstanding’ in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.

  • You engage in core practice and learn the professional values of teaching.

  • You will undertake a minimum of 24 weeks’ comprehensive training in two adjoining age ranges.

  • Voted in the top two universities in London with 96% student satisfaction in 2018 (NSS 2018) and 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017).

School placements

There will be two teaching practices during your training year- an initial placement from November to February and a final placement from April to June. These will be in consecutive phases i.e. EYFS and KS1.

Trainees will normally be placed in two of the 15 schools in our partnership. We offer our prospective trainees the opportunity to visit and give preferences over which schools they wish to train in. This unique opportunity to be part of the placement process ensures you are placed in the best school for you.

The majority of your training will take place at within Teach Thurrock schools with a range of colleagues. The training programme will be personalised to the individual’s professional needs but will include training on the following areas: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community. All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers’ Standards and the new ITT Core Content Framework.

Candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced and outstanding teachers. Support and mentorship will be given by senior leaders.

The Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership offers an enhanced Professional Studies programme with trainees from all our schools coming together each week to study through a research based curriculum. With the unique guidance of the Thurrock Primary Teaching School Alliance trainees will use action based research to develop into outstanding teachers of the future. In turn, you will be part of a wider support network where you will have opportunities to share ideas and strategies with fellow trainees.

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 advise that you use www.equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone who:

  • has good organisational skills

-*has excellent time keeping

  • is approachable, empathetic and enthusiastic

-*has the ability to be decisive, consistent and to set priorities

  • is an effective communicator (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences

  • has the ability to develop good relationships within a team and ability to be a supportive team player

  • has a commitment to personal professional development

  • has the ability to relate well to all involved in school life, showing sensitivity, consideration but also a sense of humour when needed.

Other requirements

All PGCE students will be required to carry out DBS and other employment checks before they commence any teaching practices.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Applicants are strongly advised to seek a student loan to pay for their course. Teach Thurrock offers a £1000 travel bursary for all of our student teachers. This is paid in two installments throughout the training year.

Financial support from the training provider

Teach Thurrock offers a £2000 travel bursary for all of our student teachers. This is paid in two installments throughout the training year.

About the training provider

“Teach Thurrock ” is an innovative one year primary school-based Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme through School Direct, in partnership with the University of Greenwich. The programme is delivered by highly experienced lecturers, head teachers and outstanding teachers. The programme is essentially, a school based course within the partnership’s fifteen schools which is supported by input from Greenwich University.

All trainees are allocated to a home school and are supported by an experienced mentor. Trainees will have the opportunity to gain experience of working within a variety of phases of education within the diverse range of schools within the partnership.

At the end of the course trainees will either be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) plus 60 Masters credits or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is expected, that on completion of the programme, all successful candidates will be supported in gaining a teaching post within one of the partnership schools or a school in Thurrock.

To register your interest, and for more information, contact Andrea Parfett at 01708 852128. Dilkes Academy is the Lead School in the partnership but you will be able to search for Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership.

About the accredited body

The University of Greenwich is an outstanding ITT provider.

Interview process


All application forms will be vetted for the following: 1) Applicant meets the academic entry criteria 2) Applicant has written a strong personal statement 3) Applicant has been given a strong reference. This should be an academic reference if the applicant has been in education within the last five years.

Teach Thurrock and the University of Greenwich work together to interview applicants. In order for your application to be considered you should complete a full application and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted you will be asked to complete written tasks and attend a formal interview as well as teaching a small group of children at the lead school, Dilkes Academy.

The interview process is in two stages:

The first stage will comprise of a maths and English task. The second stage will involve an interview with a panel and a teaching task.

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

We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed.

The University of Greenwich has a Disability & Dyslexia Centre which can provide assistance at any stage in your application process and at any point in your studies. Advice and guidance is based on your individual requirements, and includes support for students with mental health needs and long-term medical conditions.

Contact this training provider

01708 852128
Dilkes Academy
Garron Lane
South Ockendon
RM15 5JQ

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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