Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

United Teaching National SCITT Business Studies (3DFK)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Trainee development is overseen by our outstanding lead school, Paddington Academy in London, with regional training hubs across England from Carlisle to Bournemouth.

What do our trainees and graduates say about our programme?

Watch this video to see one trainee’s journey with United Teaching

“In my view there is no better preparation for a career in teaching than that provided by United Teaching.” – Mark

“In my past career I was bored. With United Teaching I learn something new every day, am pushed, am supported and for the first time ever I don’t dread Mondays!” – Eliza

“My professional and subject mentors have made me feel that they are both committed to my success and to improving my teaching practice. The level of support and training I’ve received has been outstanding. I feel fully at home at my school and appreciate all the opportunities I’ve been given to contribute to curriculum discussion.” – Emma

School placements

When you apply to us, you have the option to express a preference in where you would like to be placed if successful. As a national SCITT, we place trainees in a large number of schools across England. View our schools

During the assessment process, we will ask you about your flexibility in choice of location.  We endeavour to place you in your first choice of school. If this is not possible, we will seek alternatives close to your location that work for you. 

We always seek to ensure minimum travel times for trainees between home and school. 

Once you have secured an offer for your main placement school, you are guaranteed a minimum of 120 days’ school-based experience there. In addition, you will also take part in a 4-week second school placement. 


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Paddington Academy
Paddington Academy, 50 Marylands Road, London, W92DR
United Teaching Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Academy of Science and Technology, Coleridge Community College, Trumpington Community College and Parkside Community College, Robinson Way , Cambridge , Cambridgeshire, CB2 0SZ
United Teaching Cumbria
Richard Rose Morton Academy and Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 6LB
United Teaching Dorset
Glenmoor & Winton Academies, Carter Community School, Avonbourne Girls’ and Boys’ Academies and Avonwood Primary School, Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset, BH10 4EX
United Teaching Essex
Goresbrook School (primary and secondary) and Winston Way Academy, Dagenham and Ilford, Essex, RM9 6XW
United Teaching Greater Manchester
Primary: Abbey Hey Primary Academy, Cravenwood Primary Academy, Dukesgate Academy, Marlborough Road Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School, Secondary: Irlam & Cadishead Academy, Manchester Academy, Salford City Academy, Stockport Academy, The Albion Academy, The Lowry Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester, Salford and Stockport, Greater Manchester, M14 4PX
United Teaching Hampshire
Beacon View Primary Academy, The Victory Primary School and Castle View Academy, Allaway Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4QP
United Teaching Kent
Wye School, Ashford School (independent), and Newstead Wood School, Wye, Ashford and Orpington, Kent, TN25 5EJ
United Teaching Lancashire (secondary only)
Accrington Academy, The Hyndburn Academy, Marsden Heights Community School and AKS Lytham (independent), Accrington, Blackburn and Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, BB5 4FF
United Teaching Lincolnshire
Lincoln Minster School , LN2 5RW
United Teaching London - Secondary
Bacon’s College, Lambeth Academy, The Hurlingham Academy, The Totteridge Academy, Walthamstow Academy, The John Roan School, and Sedgehill School, Rotherhithe, Clapham, Fulham, Barnet and Walthamstow, London, London, SW6 3ED
United Teaching Northamptonshire
Primary: Grange Primary Academy and Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Secondary: Kettering Buccleuch Academy and Northampton Academy, Kettering and Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN16 9NS
United Teaching Oxfordshire
Primary: Hanwell Fields Community School, Hill View Primary School, Orchard Meadow Primary School, Pegasus Primary School, Windale Primary School, Secondary: North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury and Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX16 1ER
United Teaching South Yorkshire
Primary: High Hazels Academy, Worsbrough Bank End Academy, Hunningley Primary School and Hull Collegiate School (independent), Secondary: Sheffield Park Academy, Sheffield Springs Academy, Barnsley Academy and Hull Collegiate School (independent), Sheffield and Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S2 1SN
United Teaching Surrey
Guildford, Guildford, Surrey
United Teaching Sussex
Primary and secondary schools, Newhaven, Shoreham, Bognor Regis and Midhurst, East Sussex, BN43 6YT
United Teaching Wiltshire
Swindon Academy and Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1JR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in Business Studies 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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We recommend Birmingham City University or Equivalency Testing

Personal qualities

Teaching is more than just a career – it is a vocation which leaves a tremendous legacy. It is a unique opportunity to be unashamedly passionate about your favourite subject, to develop and encourage aspirations in children and to lead with creativity and enthusiasm every step of the way.

Teaching changes lives.

We are looking for someone that:

  • never stops learning
  • actively seeks feedback
  • is never too proud to ask for help
  • has high expectations of themselves and their students
  • wants to be part of a school community
  • is an effective and compassionate communicator

Other requirements

  • Clear identity and DBS checks
  • A high level of numeracy and literacy
  • Good references
  • NARIC requirements (if applicable)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,000.

Tuition Fees for the PGCE are £9000. Tuition Fees for QTS route only are £6000. You may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance to fund tuition fees and other living costs. This would be subject to your personal circumstances.

About the training provider

United Teaching is the Initial Teacher Training scheme for United Learning. With over 80 primary and secondary schools nationwide, spanning the state and independent sectors, you can draw upon the expertise of our vast network of teachers and leaders to become the best teacher you can be. 

Our bespoke programme is designed to support you during your training and beyond. Surrounded by a team of specialist mentors, you will always have someone to turn to throughout your teaching journey. 

We offer real teaching exposure in a choice of schools, a mentor system, a support network, professional qualifications, as well as continuous professional development throughout the duration of your career with United Learning if you stay in the Group beyond your training year.

Every trainee works to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but you can also work towards a PGCE with 60 Master’s level credits through our partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London.

Before undertaking the course, you will be required to attend our Summer Institute which will be held between the 4th – 8th July 2022. This is an intensive programme designed to prepare you to hit the ground running in September. Sessions will be a mixture of online sessions and face-to-face contact with the United Teaching team. 

Please be aware that places on the salaried route are highly competitive and there are a limited number of places on our programme. Please email if you would like further advice on routes available. 

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the first stage of our assessment process, which will be a Microsoft Teams interview including a teaching task to a panel of two members of the United Teaching team.  If you are successful, you will be shortlisted for the second stage of assessment. This will be an interview with the headteacher and senior leader/s in your chosen placement school. A stage two assessment will include:

  • School panel interview
  • Student panel interview
  • Tour/ school learning walk
  • Teaching activity (for salaried/ apprenticeship candidates only)

Your offer will be conditional on you: 

  • Gaining the degree qualification 
    • Having GCSE Maths and English (and Science for primary education)  at a Grade C+ (4 or above)
    • Having clear identity and DBS checks 
    • Good references

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

At United Teaching, we aim to be an inclusive provider, promoting diversity and opportunities for all. We strive to support all our trainee teachers as best as we can and work with our partner PGCE provider and our partner schools to ensure that all trainees make excellent progress.

Contact this training provider

01832 864439
Paddington Academy
50 Marylands Road
Greater London
W9 2DR

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022