Landau Forte College Derby SCITT
Geography (2FJ7)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Landau Forte College Derby SCITT
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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

You will be based in a school from the start and feel part of the team, learning from outstanding professionals who will provide all the hands on training and support you need on a daily basis. You have a subject mentor and follow a programme that is personalised, based on any previous experience you may have. An experienced Subject Knowledge Tutor and mentor will support the development of your subject delivery. Throughout the course you will have weekly Professional Studies sessions which 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. This will include sessions delivered by the University of Derby lecturers who will facilitate the PGCE content of the programme and support you with evidence based research assignments. The majority of your training will take place in one school, with a shorter second placement in a contrasting school.
An important part of the programme is regular feedback. You will have formal observations by your mentor on a weekly basis, and support in reflecting learning from the experience. Your mentor will also guide you in the evidence you should present in order to meet the assessment criteria for Teachers’ Standards. Each term you will review your progress with your mentor and your programme will be adapted accordingly. In order to meet the requirements for a PGCE with Master’s Level credits, you will be required to complete assignments, relating to theory and practice, demonstrating that you meet Level 7 standards of academic work. Your final assessment will take place in the summer term and will involve observations, meetings and discussions with your tutors, mentors and you; reviewing your portfolio of evidence. You may also meet with an external moderator as part of the quality assurance processes.

Interview process

Once you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment process which will last approximately 2 hours. We ask candidates to lead a short 15 minute lesson in your subject area to a small group of students. An interview with a small panel will include some general teaching and subject specific questions which allows you to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for learning.

How school placements work

Our partner schools are located in Derby, Derbyshire and Tamworth, where you may be placed to teach pupils in the age range of 11-16 years. Most of your training will take place in one school, with a shorter second placement in a contrasting school. We try to place candidates in a location that is suitable for them to get to. Throughout your placement, you will feel like a member of staff: taking 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 Newly Qualified Teacher.


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

The fees are £9,250 for QTS with PGCE. If you are training to be a teacher, you can apply for finance to cover course fees.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £17,000
  • a bursary of £15,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be able to take out a student loan to pay for your tuition fees and living costs.



You need to have a pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE grade C/ grade 4 or above, or have a certification in a standard equivalent to Grade C/ grade 4 at GCSE. Applicants need a UK degree or equivalent qualification, which will be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline, at least 50% of your first degree should be directly relevant to the subject you want to teach. You might want to develop your subject knowledge before starting the course and there are a number of subject knowledge enhancement courses designed to support this.

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.

Other requirements

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All trainees will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check including a check of the children’s barred list.

About the training provider

At Landau Forte College Derby SCITT, we can recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status and, by working in partnership with the University of Derby, you will be awarded PGCE with 60 Master’s level credits. As the lead school, Landau Forte College Derby, is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (May 2012). We have a growing partnership of secondary schools across the local region, where you may be placed to teach students in the age range of 11-16 years.

We have a great record of achievement for those graduating into the profession and going on to achieve successful careers in education, with the majority employed within the local area. We are proud of our history of employing many of our trainees within the partnership and of the career progression they demonstrate once qualified.

If you do decide to begin your journey as a teacher with us, we will offer you opportunities which span your career and as a Newly Qualified Teacher, you will be able to join a range of professional development courses that we offer.

Teaching is a very rewarding profession where you can make a real difference to the life of a young person and have a real impact on their future. Teaching is more than a job; it’s an exciting career where no two days are the same!

About the accredited body

Throughout your training, you will feel like a member of staff; taking part in all aspects of life as a teacher.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Landau Forte College Derby has 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.

Contact details

01332 204040
Landau Forte College
Fox Street


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