Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation
Music (P654)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Tes Institute
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This one-year programme will see you placed in two of our Federation schools as an integral member of the school team, developing your skills alongside experienced professionals while accessing additional support from our subject experts and your designated in-school mentor.

You will spend four days per week gaining practical, in-school experience, gradually taking on lessons and shared responsibility for pupils. Your remaining day will be dedicated to study with our partner, Tes Institute. Their award-winning blended learning programme will allow you to develop core professional and pedagogical skills while strengthening your subject knowledge.

Your studies will predominantly be carried out on an innovative e-learning platform, through which you will gain 24/7 access to course materials, lessons and tutorials, making learning extremely flexible. You will also be able to participate in an exciting programme of face-to-face workshops and specialist teaching visits to contextualise your training.

All of our courses lead to QTS with the additional option of adding on a PGCE. There is no extra application process for the PGCE route. Should you wish to pursue this option, you can express this to us at interview stage.

In order to obtain QTS, you will be required to complete two higher education assessments of upwards of 3,000 words throughout the year. Applicants on the PGCE route will need to complete three.

Example assignment topics include:

  • The Teaching of a Foundation Subject
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Subject Knowledge Development

In addition to these formal assessments, you will continuously work on completing the tasks and objectives laid out in your Training Plan. This document will act as a structured record of your learning and professional development, providing evidential support for your application for QTS.

If you would like to find out more about our Initial Teacher Training courses, sign up for one of our upcoming Information Webinars.

Interview process

This will determine your suitability to train to teach and assess your literacy and numeracy skills and subject knowledge.

The assessment process will include a presentation, a panel interview, a group task and a short teaching demonstration.

How school placements work

You will complete two placements in contrasting schools within our Federation.

Your first and main placement will last approximately one academic year.

The second placement lasts six weeks and takes place during the Spring Term.


Your salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



To be eligible to apply, you will need:

  • an undergraduate degree from a UK Higher Education institution or equivalent
  • GCSE grades C/4 or equivalent in Maths and English
  • three years’ transferable work experience
  • permission to work in the UK

If you have an international qualification, please note that you must have it formally recognised by UK NARIC before submitting your application.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with a genuine passion for teaching and a commitment to working as part of a school community to make a difference to the lives of children in South East London.

Successful applicants are:

  • resilient and reflective
  • highly organised and driven
  • adaptable and open to new opportunities
  • motivated to further their own development
  • able to demonstrate high levels of personal initiative
  • secure in their subject knowledge

About the training provider

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation is a family of five primary schools and four secondary schools, all of which are located in the heart of their communities across the London boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Bexley.

We have been educating young people in South London since 1876 and have over 15 years’ experience of initial teacher training. Embedded in a rich culture of both tradition and innovation, we draw on our long history of educational excellence while embracing new, forward-thinking ideas.

Our vision for education is built on aspiration and achievement, which is why we provide our staff with the highest levels of support. We have a unique and engaging professional development offer that provides opportunities for collaboration and access to networks for every teacher, no matter their career stage. Each member of our community, staff and students alike, also benefit from the Haberdashers’ Advantage – a unique set of benefits and opportunities that come from our sponsorship by the Haberdashers Company.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation is an inclusive employer that strongly values diversity. We welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure that the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We want to make sure that our training programme is open to everybody. If you have a disability, we will make adjustments wherever reasonably possible in order to enable you to perform to the best of your ability throughout our recruitment process.

If you would like us to do so at the interview stage, please provide details on your application form. This will in no way affect your application.

Contact details

0207 652 9510
Haberdashers' Aske's Federation
Pepys Road
New Cross
SE14 5SF


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Choose a training location

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy
Iron Mill Lane, Crayford, DA1 4RS
Yes C
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College
Hatcham College, Jerningham Site, Jerningham Rd, New Cross Gate, SE14 5SF
Yes H
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy
Launcelot Rd, Bromley, Kent, BR1 5EB
Yes K
Main Site
Pepys Road, New Cross, London, SE14 5SF
Yes -

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