Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance
Physical Education (Special Educational Needs) (35Q4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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

Put your career plans on a firm footing – with a PGCE, recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status, 60 credits at Masters level and most of the year spent on placement learning what it takes to become a great teacher. Our School Direct route provides the ideal combination of highly regarded qualifications and hands-on experience, giving you a strong career advantage.

As part of the course, you will undertake three fully assessed teaching placements, supported throughout by our trained school mentors and subject link tutors. You will also spend time at the University to help put your school experience in the context of educational policy, principles and evidence-based practice.

Alongside your two main teaching placements, you will have the chance to visit other schools and to work with children from different backgrounds. You will also focus on your subject specialism to improve your practice and will study school-related issues at Masters level.

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy 1
  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy 2
  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy 3
  • Understanding the Pupil as a Learner: Theories and Models of Learning and Teaching for Inclusive Professional Practice
  • Developing Teacher Enquiry: Research Informed Practice

Whilst you will spend most of your time learning how to teach in your placement schools , you will also benefit from wider perspectives about teaching, learning and the educational landscape at the University. Working in our excellent facilities with University and other experts in the wider educational field, you will develop a deeper and more critical understanding of what it takes to become a highly effective teacher.

To supplement the University programme, each week you will attend CPD sessions at Blackfriars Teaching School where you will be taught by highly experienced tutors on a wide range of subjects pertinent to your stage in your career. These weekly sessions are also an excellent opportunity to network and share experiences with other trainees from schools in our alliance.

At a time when rapid policy shifts are transforming the educational landscape, we will help you to meet the challenge of change in the modern classroom. You will be taught by a highly competent and qualified team of tutors, including published authors and influential researchers whose work is helping to shape the future of the profession.

Interview process

We select trainees who are able to demonstrate subject knowledge and who have shown through their experiences of engaging with educational establishments that they are able and committed to meet the challenges of a career in teaching. Candidates must meet all the entry requirements for the programme and demonstrate competence through the alliance’s recruitment and selection procedures.

You will be invited to interview at your selected school wherever possible or one of our other schools within the Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance. There will be a formal interview, a micro-teach (you will be provided with information before your interview so that you can fully prepare for this) and you may be asked to complete a Literacy and Maths test. Perhaps the most important part of this interview is your interaction with a group of pupils (either in a classroom or group setting).

We always ask for their opinions on your involvement; their voice matters to us!

How school placements work

You will be recruited as a trainee and based mainly in one of our alliance schools. For this particular course programme, your main placement will be at Walton Hall Academy with a shorter second placement at one of the mainstream schools in our consortium.

All of the schools in the Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance are incredibly experienced in welcoming and nurturing Trainee Teachers. From day one you will be made to feel part of the team and will be surrounded by passionate people who are dedicated to making a difference. As well as receiving excellent support from our mentors in school, all Trainee Teachers within the Blackfriars Teaching School partnership are offered a weekly CPDT Programme which supplements the University programme. These CPDT sessions offer Trainee Teachers the opportunity to learn from practitioners who are experts in their field and also allows time to share best practice and network.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs. Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included. The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page on the University of Derby’s website – search for your course and look for the section on fees. The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.

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

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary. Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back. Please visit the University of Derby’s website for more information or call their helpline on 01332 592000.



  • An undergraduate honours degree (preferably 2:1) or equivalent in a relevant subject. You must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject curriculum specialism.

  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths.

  • Trainees completing an ITT Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals in English and Maths outlined by the DfE before QTS is awarded. You will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when the course commences. Details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course.

Personal qualities

We are looking for energetic and skilled individuals who have a real passion and commitment to working with children and young people.

We are looking for individuals who:

  • Are good at explaining things to others;
  • Enjoy working with a wide range of people;
  • Are enthusiastic;
  • Have a strong knowledge in particular subject areas;
  • Are good time-managers;
  • Have the ability to work in a team as well as using your own initiative;
  • Keep cool under pressure;
  • Have patience and a good sense of humour;
  • Cope well with change;
  • Enjoy a challenge.

Other requirements

  • Several weeks of recent experience in a UK secondary school.This could be either before or after selection (undertaking this before the selection process commences will strengthen your application);
  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the provider;
  • Satisfactory references.

About the training provider

By offering the opportunity to embark on a Teaching Career with Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, we know that by recruiting the very best individuals who are committed to the profession, we will make a positive difference to the lives of future generations. Such a strong moral compass highlights that ‘collaboration and networking’ are at the core of our Teaching School Alliance and recognises the importance of working together for ‘the greater good’.

We have a strong partnership of schools covering Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. All of our schools are incredibly experienced in welcoming and nurturing Trainee Teachers. From day one you will be made to feel part of the team and will be surrounded by passionate people who are dedicated to making a difference.

As well as receiving excellent support from our mentors in school, all Secondary Trainee Teachers within our partnership are offered a weekly CPDT Programme which supplements the University programme. These CPDT sessions offer Trainee Teachers the opportunity to learn from practitioners who are experts in their field and also allows time to share best practice and network.

We welcome visits to our partnership of schools from potential applicants.

For further information or to contact us, please go to our website

About the accredited body

Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career in Teaching, one where you can truly make a difference. With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted rating us ‘Outstanding’. Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of our teacher training courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors and tutors throughout.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please enquire with the accredited provider for this programme.

Contact details

Blackfriars School
Priory Road


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