Middlefield Primary Academy Primary (2C9X)

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

Accredited body
University of Bedfordshire
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
5 to 11
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This School Direct training route provides trainees with a balance of academic study, formal training and ‘on the job’ school experience which includes coaching & mentoring. Trainees attend lectures and seminars at the University of Bedford one day a week, with the rest of the time spent in one of our Diamond Learning Partnership Trust schools. The training course covers the age range from five to eleven years, and operates either as a full or part time course.

  • Full time: over one school academic year.

  • Part time: over two school academic years.

You will have a base school where you will carry out the majority of your placement. A contrasting placement in a second setting is undertaken during the Spring term. This will provide a broader view of educational issues and experiences. On the part time course, you spend the whole academic year in one school and then transfer to a contrasting school in the second year.

You will be assigned a school-based mentor. They will meet with you on a weekly basis to provide guidance and support. Starting on a zero % teaching timetable, with the support of your mentor this will gradually increase over the academic year until you are eventually teaching around 80% of a full timetable independently. Teaching time on the part time course increases in a similar way over the two year period.

Upon successful completion of the course, all trainees will have achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and credits towards a Masters degree.

School placements

All of our placement schools are part of the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust (DLPT). The schools are in the St Neots, Fenland and Royston areas. When placing trainees, we consider the distance they will need to travel from home to school, as well as matching them to a school that will suit their individual need. They will not necessarily be placed at our Lead school. Our schools are: Middlefield Primary Academy (Lead school), The Round House Primary Academy, Winhills Primary Academy, Great Staughton Primary Academy, Kimbolton Primary Academy, Braybrook Primary Academy, Roman Way Academy, Glebelands Primary Academy, Gorefield Primary Academy, Thomas Eaton Primary Academy, Murrow Primary Academy, King James Academy Royston and Leverington Primary Academy.

Full time trainees have two placements during the year, each placement being in a different key stage. The base school is where trainees undertake their placement in the Autumn and Summer Terms, they will then be placed in a contrasting school during the Spring Term. This ensures trainees are provided with a broad view and experience of primary education and have the opportunity to teach in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Trainees spend four days a week in school so they can be immersed into school life right from the start. They become a member of the teaching team, taking part in all staff meetings and whole school staff development, with the opportunity to also get involved in after school extra-curricular activities and school events.

Part time trainees also have two contrasting placements, namely one placement per school academic year. They spend two days a week in school.

All trainees have a mentor who is based in their placement school - this is usually the class teacher. Our mentors are fully trained and receive annual update training. They are experienced teachers and support their trainee to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident classroom practitioners.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

If you do not have the above GCSEs, we will accept certain approved equivalent examinations but please check with Admissions before embarking on a course of study. Equivalencies that we can accept are the following:

Equivalencies that we cannot accept

  • Adult Numeracy and Literacy
  • Key Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Units within an Access course (post 2014)

Personal qualities

We want to train the most ambitious, enthusiastic and committed graduates who aspire to make a difference to the life chances and education of children and have a rewarding and challenging career.

Applicants should have:

  • excellent communication and organisational skills
  • commitment to working hard
  • ability to establish good working relationships within a professional team
  • confidence and ability to engage positively with children
  • commitment to excellence in teaching
  • flexibility
  • an interest in, and understanding of, the holistic and learning needs of primary aged children
  • some knowledge of current educational issues

Other requirements

Subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. It is requirement that you gain satisfactory DBS Clearance before commencing this course. For more information, please see (www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

For the part time route, course fees are split equally over the two years of training.

About the training provider

Diamond Learning Partnership Trust (DLPT) is the choice for you if you wish to train with a provider that prides itself on treating every trainee as an individual, tailoring the training experience to meet individual requirements and providing a strong support network.

We want to train the most ambitious, enthusiastic and committed graduates who aspire to make a difference to the life chances and education of children and have a rewarding and challenging career. They will embrace all the opportunities we offer at the beginning of their journey to becoming outstanding teachers.

Diamond Learning Partnership Trust comprises 14 schools in the St Neots, Fenland and Royston areas (see website) and trainees take up placements in two of these schools. They are a mixture of large and smaller town schools, and small village schools.

Our pupils are at the heart of all we do. We are focussed on providing the perfect balance between an excellent education, uncompromising pastoral care and the nurtured development of every individual child’s qualities. We believe our staff are our greatest asset, so we invest in them to ensure they also reach their full potential. Professional development of staff is a key priority.

During your training, you will experience teaching in different settings to deepen your understanding of a range of educational contexts. A large proportion of your training will be in classrooms learning from enthusiastic, highly skilled and experienced mentors. All of our previous trainees have gained QTS status and been employed, 75% within the DLPT.

About the accredited body

The University of Bedford has an excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years. It has a strong working relationship reinforced by working with a number of School Direct partners in both primary and secondary phases. The Gateway building features high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres; as well as a new student services centre. The university Teaching Practice resource collection offers a wide range of items that students can take into the classroom to enhance their teaching including books for children, audio-visual materials and boxes of artefacts.

Interview process

How we select our trainees.

The Head of ITT (Initial Teacher Training) at Diamond Learning Partnership Trust shortlists from all applications made to the course, and the University of Bedford checks all applications to verify the applicants meet the entry criteria. Those who are shortlisted will be invited to two separate interviews, one being a school-based interview and the other with the university. Interviews aim to assess a candidate’s suitability for teaching. For the school-based interview, you will be asked to carry out 2 short activities with a small group of children, 20 minutes each, before having a short interview. You will also have a tour of the interview school and the opportunity to ask questions about the course. The interview will be conducted by the Head of ITT and either the Head or Deputy of the interview school. The university interview will involve taking part in a range of activities and a formal interview. Following the interviews, Diamond Learning Partnership Trust and the University determine whether a candidate is suitable for the course and offers are made within ten days of the second interview date.

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

We support any trainees with disabilities and other needs. Please contact us to discuss any support you may need.

Applications from students who have the necessary academic qualifications/experience are also passed to the Disability Advice Team at the University to make a provisional assessment of educational and related personal support needs. Read more here: https://www.beds.ac.uk/student-support/disabilities2/

Contact this training provider

01480 277494
Andrew Road
St. Neots
PE19 2QE

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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