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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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 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.

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 where you can find our FAQs, or access our Applicant Pack

School placements

Placement schools for trainees are selected based on experience with ITT, locality and alliance membership. We work with over 80 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

English, maths and science GCSE - grade C/4 or above. (equivalencies can be found on the University of Derby website).

A UK honours degree at 2:2 or above.

DBS checks will need to be completed and passed before enrolment on the course.

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the DfE before QTS is awarded. Trainees are required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment when you commence your course. Full details will be provided. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

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 and confidence.

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 2021 to 2022 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 with 2018 figures showing 100% good or outstanding outcomes.

Our alliance is based at the Outstanding (2018) Fairfields School in Northampton and works with a vast range of local schools and we offer opportunities for placements at special schools and mainstream schools.

We offer both the tuition fee and salaried training routes with a focus on local and needs based training.

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

Please contact us through and we would be happy to answer your questions.

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 and 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 Teaching School lead, School Direct coordinator and local senior leader.

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

Fairfields School
Trinity Avenue

Support and advice

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