The Swaledale Alliance
Primary (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.

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


About the course

The Swaledale Alliance School Direct programme is a 10 month programme. The programme runs under High Force SCITT with the PGCE awarded by Northumbria University. The programme provides you with the necessary experiences required to become an effective teacher. Focussing closely on the National Teaching Standards, 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. A Professional Tutor and the Lead Mentor support you throughout your training.

This rigorous programme provides you with a wide range of experiences across a varied Alliance of schools. You will spend 120 days in school settings and will encounter one of the most varied range of schools in the country. From small village schools with 20 pupils on role to large schools (400+) in Darlington and in Catterick , Europe’s largest Army Garrison with a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. You can gain a wealth of experience and the prospect of employment within the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.

You would undertake four placements during the programme with a minimum of two being in different settings. The placements focus on particular areas of teaching and trainees are fully supported by School Based Mentors in each setting.

You are provided with detailed training sessions that allow you to collate the evidence required to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Evidence towards these standards is submitted at various points throughout the programme where Professional Tutors assess the evidence. These skilled Tutors are able to support you and provide constructive feedback to enhance your development.

Also, you will spend 60 days at the training centre at High Force, Barnard Castle. Here you will be taught the skills required to be an effective teacher and have access to a range of experts including leading practitioners, SLEs and Senior Leaders.

The Swaledale Alliance has an excellent working relationship with High Force SCITT who are an ‘outstanding’ training provider (Ofsted, 2015/16) with a 100% pass rate.

This excellent combination will provide you with the hands-on experiences and quality training to ensure you are fully prepared for the role of a teacher in the 21st Century.

Interview process

High Force Education SCITT leads and manages the assessment process with the support of the lead partnership school. The assessment day is a half- full day and you will complete a number of different tasks designed to assess your skills, knowledge, understanding and aptitude for teaching.

The assessment day includes:

  • group task
  • teaching activity with a group of 6 children
  • literacy skills test
  • a formal interview with set questions.

The assessment panel will consist of the ITT Lead, a Headteacher and one other colleague from a partnership school. The ITT Lead will be on each panel to ensure consistency of interview procedures.

High Force Education SCITT considers a wide range of evidence to judge an applicant’s potential to teach including the application form, references, results of assessment day tasks and assessment day skills demonstrated through 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.

We offer all candidates the opportunity to receive written feedback if they are unsuccessful at the assessment day, this can be requested in writing.

How school placements work

High Force Education SCITT is a partnership of 20 primary schools leading initial teacher training in the North East. Each school provides a diverse and unique school ethos to provide you with the widest range of school environments to learn within.

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, requested specialisms and to widen your skills in working with a range of pupils

We also arrange school placements on the criteria below:

  • previous experience (if applicable)
  • travel time
  • your areas for development/targets
  • a different context

You will complete 4 school placements across the year. Two of the placements are an assessed teaching practice where you will be required to be assessed in both KS1 and KS2. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to observe in EYFS, a specialist school and a school with a high proportion of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).


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 £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

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.

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.



  • A degree (with honours) from a Higher Education Institution of a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2
  • Applicants can apply from any degree subject discipline however, applicants are required to demonstrate at interview how the skills, knowledge and understanding developed within the degree are applicable to primary teaching.
  • GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at a standard equivalent to a grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • 2 A levels or equivalent.

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a passion to teach young children
  • Motivate and inspire young children to reach their full educational potential in life
  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to teach at an outstanding 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, innovation and adaptability
  • Have resilience
  • Be able to meet deadlines

Other requirements

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

That all entrants:

  • Have satisfactory references
  • Are ‘Fit to Teach’
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check

About the training provider

The Swaledale Alliance is a well-established Teaching School Alliance with Brompton-on-Swale Primary School as the Teaching School. Set in an idyllic part of North Yorkshire, the Alliance comprises of 60 member schools. These schools range from small ‘Dales Village’ Primary settings to large schools set within Darlington and the community of Catterick Garrison serving the Army and the RAF.

With this distinct range of member schools, trainees have the opportunity to experience a wide range of settings. Due to the diverse nature of our schools, trainees are able to undertake a variety of training experiences within the 10 month programme.

The quality training is fully supported by Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) who provide training and support for candidates throughout the course along with highly skilled Professional Tutors and Peer Support Teachers.

The vast majority of trainees successfully complete their training and are deemed outstanding practitioners. Many candidates are successful in securing teaching posts within Alliance member schools and continue to develop as practitioners through the highly regarded NQT and RQT training programmes. This is an essential part of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) at the beginning of your career and is recognised by the Alliance as a vital part of your development.

About the accredited body

High Force Education is an Ofsted outstanding provider that produces inspirational, creative and high quality teachers of the future.

High Force Education SCITT is a well-established teacher training provider in the North East working with a partnership of outstanding and good primary schools across Tees Valley, Darlington, Durham and North Yorkshire.

The SCITT is a small provider and as a result, all colleagues are accessible to you and trainees feel well supported and listened to. Many of the mentors and tutors trained at High Force and they share with you the real demands, challenges and joys of primary teaching today.

Training with disabilities and other needs

High Force Education SCITT 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 Lead on 01833 630487. High Force Education SCITT produces a separate Disability Statement, outlining facilities for disabled learners. This is available on request.

Contact details

01677 422160
Leeming & Londonderry Primary
Roman Road


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