The Minster Learning Alliance Design and Technology (AT10)

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

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
Financial support
Bursaries and 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

In this School Direct Trainee position you will experience teaching Design and Technology across age and ability ranges in a comprehensive secondary school throughout an academic year.

We are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and school leaders of the future. You should possess a genuine enthusiasm for Design and Technology and be able to communicate your understanding to others. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe passionately in the difference education can make to young peoples’ lives. Experience of working with young people is not a requirement for entry on to the course, but would be an advantage.

Our School Direct programme contains elements delivered by the school, the Minster Learning Alliance and Nottingham Trent University. The programme includes both academic training and assessment as well as extensive classroom practice.

The school and university work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured. You will be based in your host school throughout the year and attend university and Alliance based days with other School Direct trainees. These days are an opportunity to work with primary and secondary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school.

When applying, please select your first choice of host school from our available locations. We may also be able to offer you the option of a host school from our other locations, which will be discussed when offering an interview.

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school for a period of six weeks. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.

You will have a trained mentor assigned by the school and a University tutor who will work closely with you. From the beginning of the course, you will be regarded as a beginning teacher and will attend development and professional learning activities within your school.

Further information about placements within our host schools is available in our School Direct placement profiles via our website:

School placements

Throughout the year you will mostly be based in your host school, where you will experience life as a full-time member of teaching staff.

You will undertake a 6 week long second placement at another school in the Spring Term, which will offer you a contrasting experience. In addition, you will attend training at schools around Nottinghamshire and can experience teaching in a different phase, as well as special or hospital school experience, if desired.

You will be assigned a mentor in school who provide support throughout each week, including observations of you and other teachers to develop your teaching persona and strategies. As a member of staff at the school, you will attend meetings and training throughout the year to develop a rounded experience of life as a full time teacher.

Your colleagues will form an integral part of your training experience, offering support and an insight into the collaborative aspect of teaching, and you will become a key part of a teaching team. School Direct trainees will also undertake wider experiences such as participating in day and residential visits and seasonal events at school.

Ultimately, a School Direct training programme with us will offer you the opportunity to learn and apply an academic understanding of education and teaching while experiencing a full year as a working teacher. Our trainees enjoy this approach and feel well-prepared for their future careers.

To find out more about this placement, please view our school profiles which are available on our website:


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Carlton le Willows Academy
Wood Lane, Gedling, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG4 4AA
Magnus Church of England Academy
Earp Avenue, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG244AB
Main Site - The Minster School, Southwell
Nottingham Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0LG
Quarrydale Academy
Ashfield Court, Stoneyford Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 2DU
The Elizabethan Academy
Hallcroft Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN227PY

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

Grade 4 (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.

Personal qualities

We aim to develop the teachers and leaders of the future who will work together with us to inspire young people. We are looking for candidates who enjoy working with young people and who are passionate about learning.

Your application should demonstrate that you possess:

  • A desire to teach and work with young people
  • Effective communication skills
  • A commitment to work hard on the course
  • Determination to succeed
  • A readiness to reflect and share ideas
  • A flexible approach to learning and teaching.

Other requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) For all initial teacher training courses, applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. In addition you will be required to disclose previous offences.

Literacy and Numeracy Competence All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of ITT all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in:

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Writing
  • Data and graphs
  • Mathematical calculations Your competence in these areas will be assessed by your university at application and throughout the course.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Minster Learning Alliance is committed to identifying, training and supporting outstanding teachers of the future and the School Direct training programme provides the opportunity to recruit and develop the next generation of teachers by hosting School Direct PGCE trainees.

The Alliance has a long record of partnership with our Higher Education partners in helping to train teachers. We facilitate School Direct PGCE training for over 30 teachers per year across the Alliance.

Over the past few years, 100% of our trainees have successfully qualified and secured teaching posts within 6 months of completing the School Direct course. A large proportion of our trainees are employed by their host school, or other schools within the Alliance.

In addition to the support that you will receive from your university and your host school, the Alliance will provide support for you and your mentor, including:

  • a programme of sessions throughout the year to support and complement practice that has been taught at university and in school
  • specific additional training for key elements of phase-specific teaching, such as phonics or GCSE/A Level examinations
  • the opportunity to link and work with School Direct students in other schools across both primary and secondary phases, which has proven to be a real network of support
  • a second placement at a school in a contrasting context, with careful consideration of your transport and training needs
  • additional support from our team throughout your training.

About the accredited body

Nottingham Institute of Education (NIoE) at Nottingham Trent University is one of the foremost providers of education and training for teachers and other learning professionals. Their courses and research span all phases of learning and development.

They have partnership links with over 600 schools and institutions. Their latest Ofsted inspection praised these partnerships, recognising the strength of their links with local schools and the range of specialist placements for trainee teachers.

NIoE has a growing international reputation, but still retains a strong local presence. Staff work regularly in schools, helping to improve practice, raise standards, and change lives.

Interview process

Candidates who submit successful applications will attend an initial interview with Nottingham Trent University to assess their suitability for the course.

Following a successful university interview, candidates will then be invited to attend an interview at their chosen host school. You may also be offered an opportunity to be interviewed by other host schools, should you wish to. This will involve up to a day at the school including a number of activities designed to assess your aptitude and potential, as well as a chance to familiarise yourself with the school and programme:

  • a welcome and introduction to the school
  • a tour of the school
  • an observed 15-minute student activity, (details provided in advance)
  • a subject knowledge discussion and interview.

The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

  • enthusiasm for working with young people
  • a realistic and positive view of education and an awareness of current educational issues;
  • an ability to reflect upon your own practice,
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.

We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview.

This is a thorough process - we and you need to be sure that teaching is for you!

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

In partnership with our universities, support can be provided for applicants with disabilities and other needs.

This may be delivered through specific support from your university, additional training or resources, and consideration of your needs by ourselves and/or your host school.

As with students across our Alliance, we will endeavour to provide support on a bespoke and individual basis wherever possible. If you have a disability or additional need, please contact us to discuss this.

Contact this training provider

01636 817365
Minster School
Nottingham Road
NG25 0LG

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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