Waltham Forest Teaching School Alliance
Art and Design (36NQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
Financial support
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


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.

How school placements work

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.


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’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



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 www.equivalencytesting.com 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

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

About the accredited body

Our university partner for this programme is UCL Institute of Education (IOE), a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary education.

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:- https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/student-support-and-wellbeing

Contact details

209 Blackhorse Road
E17 6ND


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