Avenue Primary Academy Primary (2473)

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

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Avenue Primary Academy will be offering 6 primary tuition fee places (non-salaried). This will be a school-based training programme which will also offer PGCE, in partnership with the University of Roehampton. For 2023 - 2024 training places will be across a number of schools in Sutton. This PGCE programme will prepare you for a position as a primary teacher. Graduates of this programme are qualified to teach children across the full primary age range, but with a specialism in the Early Years/Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (3 - 7 year old children) or Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (7 - 11 year old children). Length of programme: 39 weeks full-time Time spent in schools: 120 days minimum across the programme in total The practical placements in school provide substantial classroom experience appropriately staged throughout the year. You will undertake block school experiences for sustained periods of time in schools, working in at least two schools for a minimum of 120 days during the programme. Placements will be in either EYFS and KS1 or KS1 and KS2. Trainees will be given the choice of the key stages they will based in for each placement. Assessment: During the school placements, you progress from participant observer, via support teacher and sharing teacher, to lead teacher. The assessment of professional development takes place at regular intervals during placements and is a collaborative exercise involving you, your class teacher and your university tutor. The assessment is based on criteria set out in a profile of professional development, taking into account the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. You will also be required to complete three 20 credit assignments for the modules above at either Postgraduate (M level) or Professional (P) level. To gain QTS you are required to pass both the PGCE programme and to have met the Teachers’ Standards. As this is a school-based training programme, we are not able to accept applications from students who live overseas who do not have a permit to work in the UK.

School placements

Candidates will be assigned a host school, where they will receive substantial classroom experience. As this is a school-based programme, trainees will be immersed in the life of the school, attending school INSET and professional development meetings as well as weekly planning sessions with the class teacher. Trainees will attend school Monday-Thursday while attending taught sessions at the university or at one of the partner schools on Friday. Additional training sessions, including some twilight sessions, occur throughout the year outside of the main assessed placements. This additional time in schools enables trainees to observe subject leaders teaching their specialist subjects as well as lessons in a range of year groups. Some partner schools have attached SEND bases for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Hearing Centres for deaf pupils, allowing trainees to observe teaching strategies and resources used to support pupils with these specific needs. Students will also be assigned a second school for a placement Jan-Feb which will be in an alternative key stage. All placement schools are in the London Borough of Sutton and consideration is given to the transport available to each trainee when placement schools are assigned.

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.

Candidates will need to use a third party equivalency test and pay the costs of the tests themselves.

Personal qualities

We seek self-motivated, highly committed and reflective trainees who demonstrate the drive and passion to become good teachers. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have classroom presence and relate well to pupils of all abilities, backgrounds, ethnicity and gender. We are looking for individuals who place the needs of children above all other concerns, who will strive to do their very best to ensure all pupils have the best education and pastoral support.

Other requirements

We will consider applications from candidates who have the results pending for ONE of the required GCSEs only.

All candidates will be required to disclose any criminal convictions and a health questionnaire to demonstrate that they are suitable to work with children and are fit to undertake the role of a trainee teacher. Candidates with disabilities/special educational needs should inform the school if special arrangements are necessary to ensure equal opportunities for candidates during the application and interview stages, as well as during delivery of the course or for placements.

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition fees are payable to the University of Roehampton. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan: To help fund your training and cover tuition fees, you could receive Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan, which is up to: £9,250 Tuition Fee Loan to pay for your course £11,354 Maintenance Loan to pay living costs

  1. Additional financial support

If you have children or a disability, extra funding is available. For instance, you could get: up to £164.70 a week (1 child) or up to £282.36 a week (2 or more children) Childcare Grant up to £1,669 per year Parents’ Learning Allowance Child Tax Credits Disabled Students’ Allowance up to £2,925 per year Adult Dependants’ Grant. Find out more information on the extra support available by visiting: getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary

About the training provider

Avenue Primary Academy is an outstanding, large primary school based in Sutton and is a member of Cirrus Primary Academy Trust. We recognise and develop the potential of each and every person, empowering them and giving them the confidence to play a positive role in society as responsible citizens. We aim high and believe we can succeed.

A commitment to development attracts the best staff to work at Avenue. Because of our size and work with other schools in the local area, teachers have career progression and promotion opportunities within the school and across the Trust. We believe this is crucial to the success of our school.

As a teaching school from 2012 - 2021, Avenue successfully trained teachers through School Direct for 8 years. Many of our School Direct trainees have continued to work at their host schools or within Cirrus Primary Academy Trust. We also successfully mentor, support and assess a number of ITT students from University of Roehampton and Kingston University each year. We will continue to offer the School Direct route as a lead school from September 2021.

If you are interested in becoming a part our thriving and successful teaching community, we offer teacher training places in conjunction with our university provider, the University of Roehampton. Please contact us to find out more.

Interview process

Details of the interview day will be given to applicants invited to attend and will include:

  • A 20-30 minute individual interview that will include questions about current educational issues.
  • a short written English task to determine your ability to work effectively in the primary classroom.
  • a short written grammar test
  • a short maths test
  • a 30 minute teaching activity based around a story with 30 pupils, the class teacher will also be present. This is to observe how the candidate relates to pupils and to help determine their potential to teach. Candidates are not expected to teach at the standard expected of a trainee or student, as for many, this will be their first experience of teaching a whole class.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Over the past 8 years, we have trained students with disabilities and special needs. The university of Roehampton has a disabilities team with designated members of staff to support students with dyslexia, physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

Avenue Primary Academy considers the mental health of pupils and staff to be a priority. A number of support staff, teachers and leaders are trained as mental health first aiders to support pupils and staff.

Contact this training provider

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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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