Lawrence Sheriff School English (N312)

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

Accredited body
The Cambridge Partnership
Financial support

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

An intensive programme of initial teacher education which aims to develop your competence and confidence in the teaching of your chosen subject and in the general professional role of the teacher.

The intention is to provide you with a set of insights, perspectives and information upon which you can build as your career develops and to present a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable course.

On this course you will develop the following:

  • a broad range of practical teaching skills
  • appropriate personal qualities and professional attitudes
  • an informed understanding of curriculum and teaching methodology
  • the capacity to reflect critically on professional practice

In school you will have the support of a trained mentor, with whom you meet every week and who oversees and guides your professional development. You are also allocated a Programme Manager and a Subject Tutor and receive at least six supportive visits during the year. In addition, supporting material is provided on the VLE.

You are assessed on your teaching in the classroom, written assignments and presentations completed during the year. You must also complete an extensive electronic professional portfolio demonstrating your achievement in relation to the Teachers’ Standards for QTS and satisfy the Partnership that you have attended all parts of the course diligently throughout the year.

You will be employed and paid a salary by Avon Valley School and will work alongside outstanding practitioners.

You will spend Monday to Thursday in school and attend central training on a Friday. This includes Professional Days with the whole cohort together, which explore generic issues such as behaviour for learning and special educational needs, and Subject Days in smaller groups, which focus on subject-specific or phase specific pedagogy.

These days are held in a number of different venues (often in Peterborough) which can be quite a distance from Rugby.

In the second half of the year you will attend your placement school on a Friday.

During the summer term and before the start of the course, you will need to arrange and carry out a two-day Primary school visit and a one-day visit to a Special School. This is to see how the practice in these schools compares with that in a mainstream secondary school.

The course will start in late August with two or three induction days (often in Peterborough).

School placements

To gain additional experience you will attend a contrasting school for your placement. This will be on a Friday from mid-January until approximately the end of May.

You are expected to organise your own placement, but help can be provided if needed.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English 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.

Please contact The Cambridge Partnership to discuss this further if an equivalency test is required.


Your salary will be point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale which is proposed to be £18,419 (2021-22).

If you wish to complete a PGCE in addition to QTS, then the fee for this will be £2,000 (payable by the trainee).

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Lawrence Sheriff School is a Teaching School Hub and a lead school for School Direct. We work in partnership with a range of schools in the Warwickshire and Coventry area, as well as The University of Warwick and The Cambridge Partnership.

This is the ninth year that we have been involved with the School Direct training programme and we have successfully placed trainees throughout the area, with many former trainees in full-time employment within the partnership.

Interview process

Interviews are held at Avon Valley School.

The selection process lasts approximately half a day, during which you will attend an interview, conduct a short teaching task (usually about 20-30 minutes) and meet members of the department or school team you will be working with. There may also be a tour of the school and for Secondary applicants a discussion relating to your chosen subject.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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 have trained professional mentors available to discuss and where possible meet the specific needs of trainees and we can offer support across our range of schools.

Lawrence Sheriff School is an inclusive community which welcomes students, staff and visitors with disabilities.

Partner school accessibility arrangements can be found on their school websites.

Please contact us if you have any specific queries.

Contact this training provider

01788 542074
Lawrence Sheriff School
Clifton Road
CV21 3AG

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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