Transform Teaching School Alliance
Primary (2SK3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Nottingham
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

Transform, your placement school and the University of Nottingham work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured. You will spend four days in school and one day at the University on a Friday. Fridays will be an opportunity to work with primary and secondary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school.

You will have a mentor assigned by the school who will undertake regular training at the University. You will also be allocated a University tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor and coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a teacher and will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.


The School Direct PGCE course is assessed at postgraduate certificate level. It incorporates two 30-credit modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education.

For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations.

Practical Teaching is assessed by the University tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school based elements of the course and your own written records of such work.

The University does not allow an automatic right to re-sit practical teaching if you fail this part of the course. If the right to re-sit is granted then the opportunity is dependent upon locating a partner school which agrees to place you.

On the course, you are required to submit various pieces of work related to your course. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.

Interview process

There is a two stage process

The UoN screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. If you are offered an interview this will be at the University’s School of Education, Jubilee Campus. If you are successful at this interview you are interviewed by Transform with a school based interview and group task.

Your application

At the first screening stage the University is interested in your personal statement, your qualifications and your experience.

Use the personal statement to convince us that you genuinely want to teach and will make a good teacher. Make sure that you have given us a clear indication of the subject content of your degree. We will also look at whether you have taken care to present your application form professionally.

University of Nottingham interview

You will be interviewed by staff from The School of Education. You may be asked to carry out certain tasks that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, individually or in groups. The letter of invitation will give you details about specific requirements or expectations.

Transform School Based Assessment

A one day interview comprising: classroom task, interview with school council and one to one interview, when we will discuss your skills and experience as well as your training needs and aspirations.

We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview. We know this is a rigorous and thorough process but we and you need to be sure that teaching is for you!

How school placements work

The training provider is Transform Teaching School Alliance in partnership with the University of Nottingham. Offering School Direct Primary places since 2013, we are able to support you to reach the required standard as a newly qualified teacher and are committed to supporting you in your early teaching career and beyond. Please visit our Teaching School Alliance website for further information on the individual schools offering placements in the partnership visit []

From the very beginning of the year, trainees will be offered a base school placement. During this time you have the opportunity to observe practice and in partnership with your class teacher begin to increase your percentage of teaching from reading a story to planning and delivering your own lessons.

In the second term you will undertake a paired placement with another School Direct trainee whilst undertaking an inquiry project. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.

The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored on the Friday sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.

As part of your school-based training, Transform will be providing sessions led by experienced teachers, leaders and specialists from across Alliance schools. This will include workshops and visits focusing on areas such as autism, equality and diversity, numeracy, coaching skills, English as an additional language and being at your best.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £19,170

Financial support

You may also 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.



All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.

As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent. For primary courses you will also need GCSE science at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who:

  • have effective communication skills
  • a readiness to listen and care with an open and enquiring mind
  • have aspiration for themselves and all of our young people
  • can draw upon their experience of working with children prior to beginning teacher training
  • an awareness of current educational issues
  • are resilient, prepared and have a determination to succeed
  • are considering the possibility of a career change and ready to apply their leadership experience to teaching

Success rates on the Nottingham ITE courses are high.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’. It is important that you disclose any medical condition or disability so that we can look at the best way of supporting you if you are offered a place on the course.

You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

Transform Teaching School Alliance is offering Primary School Direct places in partnership with the University of Nottingham. Transform is committed to supporting trainee aspirations as teachers and as future school leaders. The majority of previous trainees, with an understanding of Transform values and commitment to teacher wellbeing, have selected Transform as their employer of choice.

We offer the opportunity to be part of a unique and experienced Teacher Training community which brings together the expertise and experience of the University of Nottingham and our Alliance primaries to provide an innovative, high quality teacher training route and a source of quality new teachers for local schools. We are committed to supporting you through your initial teacher training and beginning your future career with Transform Teaching School Alliance.

Transform Teaching School Alliance is largely a primary-led Alliance with greater than 50 schools from in and around Nottingham and Derby, including a small number of secondary, special and early years schools. We encourage you to join us at a forthcoming open event or experience day with the opportunity to previous trainees, teachers and school leaders. Visit [] for further details.

About the accredited body

The University of Nottingham has been involved in teacher education for over 120 years, our postgraduate Initial Teacher Education provision is one of the largest in the country.
University tutors working with our trainees were successful and innovative teachers in schools and are now experienced teacher educators, committed to developing the next generation of teachers.

We have a strong emphasis on emotional wellbeing, supporting our beginning teachers to develop their own identities, take ownership of their own professional development and embed work ethics that enable them to thrive and enjoy teaching as a profession.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’. It is important that you disclose any medical condition or disability so that we can look at the best way of supporting you if you are offered a place on the course.

The University of Nottingham is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment and we work closely with our partnership schools to ensure that any student who has a specific need is supported to thrive as a beginning teacher. We believe the teacher workforce should reflect the diversity of the pupils in our schools.

We have a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of students with special needs and disabilities. The School of Education has a dedicated Welfare Officer who works with students to ensure they access all available support from the University but also to support with any issues that specifically relate to being a student teacher.

We have many examples of supporting students with a range of needs and, in the past, have worked with students to plan placements in advance that accommodate their needs and mediated needs with partnership schools to ensure additional support is in place.

Contact details

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