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The Rutland and District School Federation Computing (27BB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach the ICT and Computer Science at secondary school level. Time is spent in the University in lectures and seminars and in the classroom on placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.

ICT continues to be a rapidly expanding area in schools. The School Direct Information Communications Technology and Computer Science course will enable newly qualified teachers to teach ICT and Computer Science with confidence, inspiring and challenging pupils in the 11-18 age phase. The course will include education professional studies, subject application studies and school experience.

School placements

The lead school organises your placements within the teaching alliance.

The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. On Monday’s you will also spend time studying at the University.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Catmose College
Huntsmans Drive, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RP
John Ferneley College
Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE131LH
Uppingham Community College
High Street W, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2.2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach.
  • GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths
  • A levels (or equivalent) in the subject you intend to specialise in.

Other requirements

Following the interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level knowledge in the subject they wish to teach may be offered a place on the course subject to successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in the subject prior to commencing your teacher-training year.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

As a School Direct trainee, you will be entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses.

If you are a UK or EU trainee, you should be eligible for a student loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant to cover the cost of your study and will only start paying the loans back when you start earning over £21,000 per annum.

You may be eligible to receive a training bursary, dependent on the subject you train for and a degree classification.

About the training provider

The Rutland and District Schools’ Federation are delighted to announce School Direct training opportunities in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

The School Direct Training Programme is school-led initial teacher training, offering a training route to achieving qualified teacher status (QTS).

During the Secondary School Direct year, trainees will gain experience in Key Stage 3 (years 7-9), Key Stage 4 (years 10-11), and Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13. It is a requirement to have taught a minimum of two key stages in your training year.

A requirement of the course is that trainees complete two days in a primary school. This provides an invaluable insight into the importance of transition from primary to secondary. Trainees will be allocated a tutor group to gain an understanding of the importance of the pastoral role in education.

The year is designed to help trainees build up to the equivalent teaching requirements of an Early Career Teacher (ECT). Trainees receive information on teaching percentages to work towards along with information about university tasks or assignments.

Trainees will have a mentor in both a base school and second placement. The mentor is there for day-to-day support, help with planning and suggestions for university tasks, answering any questions that may arise during the year and will conduct regular observations and provide structured feedback. Trainees will also be provided with a University Link Tutor who will conduct visits during the year and provide feedback and support.

Any questions please contact: Secondary ITT Coordinator: Kelly Barrett (

Interview process

You will be invited to an interview with one of the Rutland Teaching Alliance partner schools as part of the selection process. At this interview, you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of school-based activities during a normal school day. They will include:

  • An opportunity to meet with the subject Team Leader and other colleagues
  • Teach part of a lesson to a small group
  • Individual Interview

You will also be invited to a second interview at Nottingham Trent University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Rutland and District Schools’ Federation are committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. Together with Nottingham Trent University, we will:

  • ensure that people are treated solely on the basis of their abilities and potential, regardless of race, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, marital status or civil partnership, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or maternity, sex or any other inappropriate distinction;
  • promote diversity and equality for all staff and value the contributions made by individuals and groups of people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and distinctive backgrounds;
  • promote and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment which affirms the equal and fair treatment of individuals in fulfilling their potential and does not afford unfair privilege to any individual or group.

If you have any specific questions, please contact or visit the Nottingham Trent University support page.

Contact this training provider

Catmose College, Huntsmans Drive
LE15 6RP

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021