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Waltham Forest Partnership History (36NK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


School placements

Candidates will undertake two placements in contrasting schools within the Waltham Forest Teaching School Alliance. The allocation of placement schools provides trainees with a varied but equitable experience across the two placements. we work as a collaborative of 8 schools across the borough and work closely to train and support trainee teachers. Weekly professsional studies sessions allow all trainees to regularly network and support each other and to go and experience all of the schools in the Alliance.

Trainees can expect to teach across the 11-18 age range across the two placements.

all schools are in close proximity and are easily accessible by public transport.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A first or second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or overseas qualification of an equivalent from a recognised higher education institution. UCL does not accept third-class degrees for ITT programmes. The equivalence of all overseas degrees is verified by UCL according to their requirements for international qualifications. This is in addition to any assessments by NARIC. Grade 5 / C or above in English and maths GCSEs UCL does accept iGCSE English Language or Science or Maths. An equivalent can be undertaken to at least grade 5. UCL does not accept equivalency tests from any other organisations.

Personal qualities

We are looking for those with a genuine liking for young people who want to make a difference to young lives through their passion, commitment and love of teaching their subject.

Ideally you will have previous experience of working with young people.

Other requirements

Confirmation you have the health and physical capacity to commence training.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Willowfield School is the lead school for the School Direct programme in Waltham Forest. All of the Waltham Forest secondary schools work collaboratively on a range of professional development initiatives to recruit, train and develop our teachers in the long term. We have a strong record of training and retaining teachers in our schools with a firm commitment to a “cradle to grave” development opportunities. We have worked hard as a partnership to provide our fantastic students with a high quality education and we are the only London borough in which all secondary school’s are rated good or above according to Ofsted. Training to teach in Waltham Forest provides trainees with opportunities to experience a variety of different settings: single sex schools, all through schools, sixth forms, faith schools, free schools, academies and local authority schools comprise our Alliance and we endeavour to ensure that all trainees have a varied experience in order to equip them for a long term career. Our students are truly amazing young people and the support and subject expertise of our mentors ensures that trainees are supported and developed to become highly effective practitioners in our diverse and vibrant school communities

Interview process

If you are successful at the school interview you will be invited to a second-stage interview at UCL Institute of Education. At your interview day you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a self-guided campus tour.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Training with disabilities and other needs* School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:-

Contact this training provider

209 Blackhorse Road
E17 6ND

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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