Sunderland Aim High Alliance
Primary (2MC4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our School Direct Programme includes spending 4 days a week in one of our Academy or partner schools and one day a week studying at the University of Sunderland. The course is full time and runs from September until the end of June with the expectation that you will be part of the school teaching team for the full academic year from September until July.

You will be allocated a mentor within school who will oversee and monitor your development and support you with effective classroom strategies which may include planning, classroom preparation and effective classroom strategies. Your mentor will also support you with guidance and feedback to enable you to reflect on your learning to date and allow you to develop further understanding of effective classroom practice.

During your time at University of Sunderland, assessments will include written assignments, case studies and assessments of your teaching practice. Your studies at the University of Sunderland will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group project work and individual learning. The University will provide support with your assignments and any practical research that you are likely to encounter throughout the year.

The programme is tuition based and you will pay a tuition fee for your course.

Interview process

Following a successful application you will be asked to attend one of our Trust schools or one of our partner schools for interview. The interview will usually consist of a practical activity which may include reading a story to a group of children, short written activities, group activities and a formal one to one interview. We will also require you to reflect on past or current working or volunteering experiences which you feel will support you in working within a primary school.

How school placements work

You will be based in one of our Academy schools or one of our partner schools for your placements, You will be placed within one of the schools for the majority of the year with a shorter placement in an alternative setting

You will be based in one of our Academy schools or one of our partner schools. Newbottle Primary Academy Gillas Lane Primary Academy Dubmire Primary Academy Hetton Primary Deaf Hill Primary Kelloe Primary

You will be placed in one school which will be the main placement school with a short teaching experience in a contrasting placement during the year.


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

Financial support

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

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Minimum of GCSE Grade C in Maths, English and Science (or equivalent - as accepted by University of Sunderland)

University Degree of 2:2 or above

Personal qualities

You will need to be enthusiastic and committed to working with young children within a school setting. You will also need to show that you have some voluntary or working experience within a setting or workplace that would support you in your future work within a primary school.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about teaching and will inspire all children that they teach to achieve the best that they can.

You will need to have very effective communication and interpersonal skills and be able to develop outstanding relationships with pupils and staff in school.

Other requirements

An enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Baring Service) A satisfactory medical assessment Relevant work or voluntary experience with young children

About the training provider

Aim High Academy Trust is a not for profit, publically accountable, Multi Academy Trust within the clear geographical context of the Coalfields area of Sunderland. With a predecessor primary school history going back to 2006, the trust has the expertise, capacity and experience to secure transformational change and sustainable improvement within our schools. Our vision is to provide tailored and specific solutions to all the schools in our trust, through the involvement and co-ordination of our core improvement team (Executive Head Teacher, Assistant Executive Head Teacher, Academy Improvement leads and Finance lead) along with the sharing of outstanding practice between our families of schools. Aim High Academy Trust is committed to inspiring, supporting and enabling all pupils to aim high, believe in themselves, achieve their full potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life. Our Trust consists of 3 primary schools: Newbottle Primary Academy, Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Dubmire Primary Academy. Within our School Direct Alliance we are currently working closely with Deaf Hill Primary, Kelloe Primary and Hetton Primary. All schools offer high quality teacher training experiences and work together to support teaching students within their schools. We offer tuition route school direct places: You will pay a tuition fee for your course.

About the accredited body

Aim HIgh Academy is pleased to work with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners. Through our partnership with the University our trainee teachers benefit from the support of primary tutors who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the University who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement: “We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.” On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability related queries: Tel: 0191 5152952

Contact details

Houghton Road
Houghton Le Spring Tyne & Wear
Tyne and Wear


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Main Site
Houghton Road, Newbottle, Houghton le Spring, DH4 4EE
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