Fairfields School Primary (24ZM)

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.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The programme is a school-based localised training.

Trainees will spend approximately 4 days at the University of Derby with a focus on 2 level 7 modules.

The course is school based with a main placement and a second placement over the Spring term. The second placement is in an alternative key stage to the main placement.

Localised training takes place in Northampton each Friday and the training covers all aspects of the Teacher Standards and the primary and EYFS curriculum, allowing trainees to put their training into practice at their placement schools.

We offer a 2 week enhancement period, offering experiences in secondary schools, EAL, EYFS and special schools, as well as offering bespoke opportunities to meet the needs of our trainees.

Trainees can select from a 3-7 route specialising in EYFS and KS1 or a 5-11 route focused on KS1 and KS2.

For further information, please visit our website: https://fairfields.northants.sch.uk/ where you can find our FAQs and access our Applicant Pack.

School placements

Placement schools for trainees are selected based on experience with ITT, locality and established relationships. We work with a range of different schools to provide placements to meet the needs of our trainees.

Candidates will have 2 placements, their main placement in the Autumn and Summer term and a second placement over the Spring term.

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 check with the University of Derby School Direct team as to which equivalencies are accepted. Please ensure you enquire before enrolling to complete any equivalency GCSE to ensure you will be accepted.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching and encouraging growth and development in learners.

We are looking for potential trainees with an interest in education and an awareness of what life in a school is like for a teacher, showing understanding of the career pathway.

Personal attributes include; good organisational skills, excellent communication skills, confidence and creativity.

Other requirements

DBS check

Health questionnaires will be carried out for those successful at interview.

Candidates must provide 2 good references - one academic and one professional.

Fees and financial support

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

Fees are made payable to the University of Derby.

About the training provider

Fairfields School is a truly inclusive training provider. We have an excellent track record of 100% of trainees achieving QTS. Over the last 3 years, we have had 85% of trainees exceed requirements.

Our School Direct Programme is led by the Outstanding (2018) Fairfields School in Northampton. We work with a vast range of local schools and we offer opportunities for placements at special schools and mainstream schools.

Our tailored training equips our trainees with the skills and knowledge required to be effective classroom practitioners.

We offer the tuition fee training route with a focus on local and needs based training.

We work with the University of Derby, an Outstanding ITT provider.

Please contact us through info@fairfields.northants.sch.uk and we would be happy to answer your questions.

About the accredited body

The University of Derby School Direct Programmes were judged as Outstanding in 2015 by Ofsted.

Interview process

Our interview process covers 2 experiences - school based engagement and a formal interview.

Stage 1 - school based engagement Candidates will spend time in a local school interacting with a class through the delivery of a story of their choice. Candidates will be observed on how they engage with learners throughout the delivery.

Stage 2 - formal interview Candidates will be asked to complete a priorities task, present their choice of story and complete a formal panel interview with the School Direct lead, and local senior leaders.

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

As a special school, being inclusive is at the heart of everything we do.

We treat all of our trainees as individuals and cater for all needs for successful candidates. Our vast range of schools allow us to prepare bespoke placements if needed.

Contact this training provider

01604 714777
Fairfields School
Trinity Avenue

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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