The Shared Learning Trust
Geography (38LZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
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

Qualification Aim Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which includes 60 Level 7 credits and recommendation to the DfE for Qualified Teacher Status

Workload The workload includes two academic assignments as well as planning, teaching and assessment in school, to ensure that pupils learn and make progress. The timing of assessments and school-based training are co-ordinated.

Assignments Two, each carrying 30 Level 7 credits

How school placements work

Timetable Usually a more gradual increase in teaching timetable allocation. Students are supernumerary throughout the programme (which means that they are not left unsupervised with a class). Their teaching timetable is gradually increased up to 16 hours per week by the end of the programme.

Assessment of school based training evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards at each of the three Assessment Points over the course of the training year

Support Support provided by half termly visits of a tutor from the university as well as a teacher mentor who will meet with you each week to review your training and a Professional Mentor who oversees the training in the school.


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

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

There are bursaries for most secondary subjects of up to £26,000 tax free, subject to eligibility.



GCSEs/O levels at Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics . A Science GCSE O level at Grade C /4 above is also required for Primary General. GCSE equivalency tests are not accepted in place of GCSE qualifications.

First degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, classification 2.2 or above. For secondary trainees there should be at least 50% subject content relevant to the taught curriculum subject. If you studied outside the UK you will need to provide NARIC equivalencies of your academic qualifications

About the training provider

The Chalk Hills Academy is a Lead School for The Shared Learning Trust, working in partnership with The University of Hertfordshire. The university is accredited with the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award and is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education.

We work collaboratively with a number of schools in Luton and Bedfordshire offering School Direct salaried and unsalaried placements with the shared aim of sustaining and promoting an exceptional quality of education for the students and communities we serve. By choosing The Shared Learning Trust you will benefit from the support of extremely committed professionals who hold a pivotal position in delivering a world class education for students within our local community. Together we are achieving more than we ever thought possible. We look forward to welcoming you to The Shared Learning Trust.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Teachers with disabilities, make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. We value diversity and the unique contribution that all staff and trainees bring.

Contact details

The Chalk Hills Academy
Leagrave High Street


Applications for this academic year (2020 to 2021) are now closed.

Come back from 6 October 2020 to find out if this course is available for the next academic year.

Training locations

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Leagrave High Street, Luton, LU4 0NE
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