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The Swaledale Alliance Primary (5-11) Full time (2N4B)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
High Force Education (SCITT)
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

This programme is a unique partnership between the Swaledale Alliance , High Force Education SCITT and Northumbria University. It is a 10 month programme based at our Lead School: Brompton-On-Swale CE Primary. The programme is school led with strong relationships with employing schools. On successful completion of the programme, you will be a strong candidate to secure your first teaching position.

The structure of the programme has been tailored in order to provide high quality training, effective mentoring and varied school experiences that develop your skill base and ensure you are fully equipped to enter the teaching profession.

This is a professional, vocational and immersive course. As a post graduate trainee teacher, you will spend a significant amount of time in the classroom with the PGCE complementing each aspect of your training.

You will be fully supported by the SCITT team and have dedicated Subject and Hub Learning Leads who have extensive knowledge of educational theory and have considerable expertise in effective practice in schools. They will provide you with the most up to date pedagogy and give you the opportunity to engage with recent and relevant educational research.

We use a blended approach to learning with opportunities to learn at your Hub, the SCITT Centre and at home. We use technology to enable you to not only make use of learning resources, but also to inspire learners in school and establish yourself in the professional and academic networks that will be important to your own career development.

School placements

As one of four hubs for High Force Education, training with the Swaledale Alliance will take place based at our Lead School, Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary. Placements will also be undertaken in satellite schools near to where trainees live. On a Wednesday, for approximately 20 days, trainees from all four High Force hubs will come together for joint subject training.

Training in the Hub School (Brompton-on-Swale Primary)is delivered one day a week by a blended approach of both face-to-face and remote learning by the Hub Learning Lead. Our Hub Learning Lead will also work with trainees during their placements in satellite schools and carry out key observations to nurture their progress.

Placements in our satellite schools will provide trainees with diverse school experiences in each phase of primary education and an opportunity to experience a wide range of school environments, from small dales village schools to larger and more culturally diverse schools on near by Catterick Garrison. You will be placed in 3 different schools across the year to gain a wealth of experience in a range of settings.

School placements are specifically and carefully selected for you to meet your individual development needs and to widen your skills in working with a range of pupils.

Two of the placements are classed as assessed teaching practices where you will be required to be assessed in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to observe in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting, a specialist school and a residential visit to schools in Bradford with a high proportion of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bainbridge CE Primary - BAWB Federation - Associate Schools
Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3EL
Bedale CE Primary School - Associate School
Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT
Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School - Lead School
Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School, Brompton Park, Brompton-on-Swale, Richmond, Richmond, DL10 7JW
Crakehall CE Primary - Associate School
The Green, Crakehall, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1HP
Hutton Rudby Primary School - Associate School
Doctor’s Lane, Hutton Rudby, Yarm, TS15 0EQ
Leeming RAF Community Primary - Associate School
Gatenby, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9NQ
Leeming and Londonderry Community Primary - Associate School
20 Roman Road, Leeming , Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9SG
Masham Community Primary - Associate School
1 millgate, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4EG
Pickhill CE Primary - Associate School
Pickhill, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4JL
Reeth Community Primary - Associate School
Healaugh road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6SP
Richmond Methodist Primary - Associate School
Darlington Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7BH
South Otterington CE Primary School - Associate School
South Otterington, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9HD

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.

We do not accept Level 2 functional skills tests. Please contact us and we can advise you on the company we used for equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a passion to teach young children;
  • Motivate and inspire young children to reach their full academic and social potential in life;
  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching;
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to teach at an excellent level and continually improve and develop as a practitioner;
  • Communicate clearly and articulately in spoken and written standard English, with accurate spelling and grammar;
  • Demonstrate openness to learning, self- development and welcome feedback;
  • Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and respect for children, families and colleagues;
  • Value and contribute to team work;
  • Show creativity, flair and adaptability.

Other requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed above, the following ITT requirements must be met.

That all entrants:

  • Have satisfactory references
  • Have the physical capacity to train to teach
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

About the training provider

Set in an idyllic part of North Yorkshire, the Swaledale Alliance comprises of 56 member schools. These schools range from small ‘Dales Village Primary settings to large schools in Darlington and the community of Catterick Garrison serving the Armed Forces, as well as St Francis Xavier Secondary Richmond.

We are committed to providing a high-quality School Direct training environment and developing teachers for the future. We work with two outstanding providers, High Force Education at Barnard Castle and Red kite Teacher Training in North Yorkshire and Leeds, ‘Train where you Live’ concept, to provide a wide range of school environments.

With this distinct range of schools, trainees have the opportunity to experience a variety of settings. The quality of training is fully supported by expert practitioners who provide training and mentorship for candidates throughout our courses, along with highly skilled Professional tutors.

On completion of training many candidates successfully secure teaching posts within Alliance schools and continue to develop as practitioners through our highly regarded CPD programmes.

Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School, located close to Richmond, the Lead school for the Alliance, works in partnership with High Force Education in the north of our region.

Working with Red Kite Teacher Training, Alverton Community Primary is our primary training venue based in Northallerton in the south of our region.

All of our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the School of Education at the University of Leeds or Northumbria University.

About the accredited body

High Force Education is a an Ofsted Outstanding provider. We are a small provider who are passionate about nurturing and supporting you to become a highly skilled Early Career Teacher. We get to know all of our trainees and can personalise the course to reflect your needs. Our programme aims to prepare you to become an effective teacher capable of making a significant contribution to the workplace, both during and after the programme. You will spend the majority of the programme in the classroom and have a dedicated Hub Learning Lead to teach you from our ‘Learn to Curriculum’.

Interview process

High Force Education SCITT leads and manages the assessment process with the support from our Lead Hub school.

Trainees are interviewed virtually via our Hub school- Brompton-on-Swale and High Force Education.

The interview consists of:

  • Pre Interview Task
  • Interview

High Force considers a wide range of evidence to judge an applicant’s potential to train to teach including the application process, references, results of assessment day tasks and interpersonal skills demonstrated throughout the interview.

A decision to offer a place on the programme will be made as a result of the applicant’s performance through all of the different tasks. All decisions from the assessment day will be made within 24 hours of the interview. If you are successful, you will be offered a conditional place for the programme and complete an English test at induction.

We offer all candidates the opportunity to receive feedback if they are unsuccessful at the assessment day.

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

High Force is committed to equality of opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or socio-economic circumstances. For specific information and guidance on support, provision available and/or facilities for trainees with learning difficulties or disabilities, please contact the ITT Deputy Director on 01833 630487. We produce a separate Disability Statement, outlining facilities for disabled learners. This is available on request. We have a dedicated pastoral lead who can offer additional support when needed.

Red Kite believe that the teachers we train are important role models – both in their schools and in the wider community – and that they should reflect the diversity around them and help create a culture that promotes and celebrates inclusion in all its forms.

In response to this, we have built up a network of ‘Diversity Champions’, whose role it is to promote conscious inclusion and ensure that every one of our trainees, whatever their personal circumstances, feel welcomed, supported and valued.

Over years we have worked with a number of individual trainees to tackle specific barriers they have faced including, working with trainees with mobility issues, supporting trainees with autism and making course adjustments for trainees with dyslexia.

Our commitment to diversity in all its forms is evidenced by the fact that 15% of our trainees report having some form of disability.

Contact this training provider

01748 818195
Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School
Brompton Park
Brompton-on-Swale, Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL10 7JW

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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