David Ross Education Trust Primary (2P9W)

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

Accredited body
University of Northampton
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The David Ross Education Trust works in partnership with the University of Northampton.

The programme is aimed at those who want to teach children in the 5–11 age range, that is, at Key Stages 1 and 2.

In order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status trainees must meet the Teachers’ Standards set by the Government and so the programme is designed to enable trainees to achieve this by offering a balance of school and University-based periods during the year.

The programme is one-year, full-time and its structure is closely linked to the term dates of local schools, with registration taking place in early September and the course finishing at the end of June.

School placements

Successful candidates will have three placements in schools over the Year. Usually they will complete placement 1 and 3 in the same school and the second placement 2 in their alternative Key Stage in a different school. The David Ross Education Trust will arrange for these placements to be contrasting schools to give the candidates a variety of experience in schools.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbey CE Academy
Vicar Lane, Daventry, NG11 4GD
Briar Hill Primary School
Thorn Hill, Briar Hill, Northampton, NN4 8SW
Cedar Road Primary School
Cedar Road East, Northampton, NN3 2JF
Eastfield Academy
St Albans Close, Northampton, NN3 2RJ
Falconers Hill Academy
Ashby Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 0QF
Greenfields Primary School
Highfields Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6HY
Kings Heath Primary Academy
North Oval, Kings Heath, Northampton, NN5 7LN
Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School
Trinity Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JW
Newnham Primary School
School Hill, Newnham, Daventry, NN1 3HG
Rockingham Primary School
Rockingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1AJ
The Arbours Primary Academy
St Gregorys Road, Northampton, NN3 3QF
Welton CE Academy
Well Lane, Welton, Daventry, NN11 2JZ

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with

  • A commitment to primary education
  • An ability to motivate and inspire children of all abilities
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Effective interaction with children
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • Perseverance and flexibility
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work co-operatively
  • An awareness of current educational issues
  • A broad subject-knowledge base
  • Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn
  • Awareness of what being a primary teacher entails

Fees and financial support

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

Fees are paid to the University of Northampton (see the University of Northampton website for details).

There will be additional costs for travel to placements, optional visits within modules, and paper based materials for recording and storage of evidence. We provide financial support for your placement travel costs according to the annually reviewed process

Financial support from the training provider

Financial support would need to be discussed with the University of Northampton.

About the training provider

Our Lead School, Humberston Academy, is an Ofsted Outstanding academy.

With our courses, we put you at the centre of your training and development to become an outstanding teacher with a long-lasting career. As part of your course placements with us, you will be allocated a Professional and Subject Mentor who will meet with you weekly to focus on your development.

Interview process

Interviews are held at the University of Northampton and if candidates are successful they will be invited for a further interview at an academy within the Trust. During this interview process the candidates will be observed working with a group of children.

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 will always ensure that should you have any disabilities or training needs that we will provide appropriate support to ensure that you are not disadvantaged in any way.

Your in-school Professional Mentor and University course tutor will support you and ensure that appropriate access arrangements are put into place.

Contact this training provider

01509 320148
Humberston Academy
Humberston Avenue
Humberston, Grimsby
North East Lincolnshire
DN36 4TF

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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