Waltham Forest Partnership Computing (Q233)

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

Accredited body
UCL, University College London
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


School placements

Candidates will undertake two placements in contrasting schools within the Waltham Forest Partnership. 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.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Buxton School
Terling Close, Leytonstone, London, E11 3NT
Eden Girls’ School
Silver Birch House, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 5QJ
Frederick Bremer School
Siddeley Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4EY
George Mitchell All Through School
Farmer Road, Leyton, London, E10 5DN
Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form
Wiseman House Site, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 3EA
Kelmscott School
Markhouse Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 8DN
Lammas School and Sixth Form
150 Seymour Road, Leyton, London, E10 7LX
Leytonstone School
Colworth Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 1JD
Norlington School for Boys and Sixth Form
Norlington Road, Leyton, London, E10 6EJ
Walthamstow School for Girls
Church Hill, Walthamstow, London, E17 9RZ
Willowfield School
109 Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 6DL

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in computing or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 5 (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.

Equivalency tests will be carried out by UCL

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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. We work in partnership with NELTSH (North East London Teaching School Hub)

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.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Training with disabilities and other needs* School Direct students can access the services provided by both the UEL and UCL support and wellbeing team https://www.uel.ac.uk/teacher-training/secondary-teacher-training https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training?gclid=CjwKCAjwgISIBhBfEiwALE19Sa33NP-ybOh7jJ84ph1yLmD0sT8WqDdstZmC1BQqBRD39NT_xAiEqRoCIsAQAvD_BwE

Contact this training provider

209 Blackhorse Road
E17 6ND

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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