United Teaching National SCITT Business studies (F134)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

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United Teaching is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider part of United Learning which is committed to bringing out the “best in everyone”. We work with primary and secondary schools nationwide, spanning the state and independent sectors, where 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 ITT and beyond. Surrounded by a team of specialist mentors, you will always have someone to turn to throughout your teaching journey.

The course is designed to bring out the best in your teaching skills quickly, professionally, and comprehensively. We aim to develop the teachers and education leaders of the future. Being part of United Teaching means you are not only learning how to develop students academically but how to develop their ‘character’ and broaden their horizons through our commitment to ‘Education with Character’, part of our Framework for Excellence. This means getting experience of school pastoral systems, enrichment opportunities and extra-curricular activities.

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. Goldsmiths have been training teachers since 1904 and are renowned as leaders in the field of teacher training.

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

What do 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. 

How will I be inducted?

Before undertaking the course, you will be required to attend our Summer Institute which will be held in July 2023.

The Summer Institute 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.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement 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 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 North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
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 using Birmingham City University or Equivalency Testing (equivalencytesting.com).

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.

So, who are we looking for?

Quite simply, somebody 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 set of A level results including A or B grade in subject to be taught. BCC is lowest combination considered (each application is considered on individual merit and exceptions can be made to this if a candidate is exceptional in other areas) 


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Fees and financial support

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 in July 2023. 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 train@unitedteaching.org.uk 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 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 or senior leader of your chosen placement school.

Your offer will be conditional on you: 

  • Gaining your degree qualification (if you are still at university)

  • Having GCSE Maths and English (and Science for primary education) or approved equivalency qualifications in these subject areas

  • Having clear identity and DBS checks 

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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