Landau Forte Teacher Training History (2FJ5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

On this school based PGCE with QTS programme you will be immersed in school life from day one and be based in school the majority of the week, learning from experienced teachers who will provide you with all the on the job training you will need to be a successful teacher. This will include one to one mentoring, pastoral care and subject support for your year as a Trainee Teacher. Each Wednesday you will have formal training at the University of Derby or at Landau Forte College where you will meet other trainee teachers in your subject and age specialism (11-16) and receive formal teacher education.
You will have a one day induction in the summer before you begin and further induction in September. Some of our partner schools may also invite you to join their July/September induction/inset days. Following this you will start in your main placement school and meet the team, complete all compulsory safeguarding training, shadow and observe colleagues and start to immerse yourself in school life. The first few weeks will be spent observing great teaching and getting to know your school routines and students you will be teaching. You will begin to take on classes to teach by yourself, always with the support of other colleagues in your team and at a pace you are happy with depending upon your previous experience. The formal training will provide a framework for you to develop as a teacher and support the practical side of your training with up to date academic research based input. Trainees highly value our subject training. Our subject mentors will support the development of your subject delivery and those areas which have been highlighted from your subject knowledge audit. Subject curriculum sessions will deepen your subject pedagogy in relation to curriculum needs and appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with a particular focus on how assessment and delivery can be most effectively achieved in the classroom. The focus is on practical solutions to ensure that you develop as a creative and reflective classroom teacher, who really makes the difference to the young people in our local communities.

School placements

We partner with a number of Derby city and Derbyshire secondary schools. All of your school based training will take place in one school from September to July, with a contrasting school placement in January.

Trainees will be expected to be able to travel to locations up to a 30 minute drive so that we are able to give you a contrasting experience. We also organise primary placements and a specialist placement to a local SEND school to develop your knowledge of transition to secondary and SEND. A placement is also available at a pupil referral behavioural unit for those trainees who wish to experience this. Throughout your placement, you will have the opportunity to take part in all aspects of life as a teacher. You will have a close team of people around you to support, guide and mentor you to achieve success as a trainee and feel ready to take up the challenge of being a Early Career Teacher. Training and teaching in Derby offers the best of both worlds - multicultural city life on the doorstep of a stunning rural environment. Derby is at the heart and centre of the country and has great transport links such as East Midlands Airport and train links to all areas of the country. It is home to global businesses like Rolls Royce, Bombardier and Toyota and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Derwent Valley Mills.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in history 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

A genuine interest in young people and a passion for their development and well-being are key. We expect you to be resilient, work hard and be committed, but the work will be rewarding. Teaching is a job where you can really make a difference to young people’s lives. Teaching is about working with others - pupils, colleagues, parents and carers. By working in our schools we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other trainees and with our teachers. You need to be open to feedback and be willing to learn new skills.

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the fundamentals of English and maths outlined by the Dept for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded. You will be required to undertake and pass the university’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details will be provided in due course. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check and required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary. Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back. Please visit the University of Derby website for more information or call their helpline on 01332 592000.

About the training provider

Landau Forte College Derby where our school direct hub is based, is rated ‘Outstanding’, has the leading Progress 8 and Attainment 8 results for GCSE in Derbyshire and is ranked first in the Good Schools Guide (2020). Our staff work hard to support trainee teachers whilst making a difference to the outcomes of all the young people in our care. We are justifiably proud of our learning environment and the difference we make to disadvantaged students. We have a growing partnership of good and outstanding secondary schools across the local region and we take a lot of care to match you to a school and mentor where we think you will flourish.

At the end of your training you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and the University of Derby (TEF Gold Award 2021) will recommend you for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This is the qualification you need to be able to work in schools. 60 Master’s level credits will allow you to continue your teacher education in the future, such as an MA in Education.

We have a great record of achievement for those graduating into the profession and going on to achieve successful careers in education.

Interview process

It is important to take the time and care over your application to us. Whilst previous school experience is not required, we would expect you to show a passion for your subject, especially if you are applying for a subject which is not related to your degree discipline. Once you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the assessment process either online or face to face at Landau Forte College Derby or at one of our partner schools. We ask candidates to prepare a short 15 minute lesson in your subject. An interview with a panel will include some general teaching and subject specific questions which allows you to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for your subject and why you have decided to become a teacher. We want to get to know the person behind the application. You will also be expected to complete a number of other subject related tasks; a subject knowledge audit so we can review your level of subject knowledge prior to the course, a subject GCSE exam question, a literacy task based on a piece of reflective writing and a maths challenge.

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

All our partner schools provide full disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

We will only ask questions about health that are necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach. We have a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of trainees with special requirements and disabilities. Please discuss any requirements with us at any time.

As a training provider we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to fairness and equality of opportunity to all candidates and are committed to the principle that every member of the college community is entitled to equal opportunities irrespective of age, disability, race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion.

Contact this training provider

01332 204040
Landau Forte College
Fox Street

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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