The Northworthy Alliance
Drama (2XHL)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

From the beginning of the academic year, you will be a full member of the Drama department in your school and engage in all areas of school and department life.

You will be based in your school 4 days a week where you will gradually build up your teaching time, observe examples of best practice, participate in tutor group activities and wider professional development. You will have a dedicated mentor who will meet with you formally once a week to discuss your progress and help you succeed.

Your Wednesdays will be dedicated to your professional development with sessions delivered at both the University of Derby and at our hub base at The Long Eaton School.

The university sessions will predominantly focus on the Masters level modules and assessment for the PGCE element. The hub sessions have a strong focus on classroom based teaching and learning with lots of practical ideas for you to take away and use.

You will also have subject based sessions with other trainees in your subject area within the alliance. These are led by an experienced practising classroom teacher to explore the best teaching and learning approaches in Drama.

Interview process

We have a thorough interview process to ensure that we are matching potential trainees to the right schools and departments.

Our interviews involve:

  • tour of the school
  • a short teaching task
  • numeracy and literacy assessments
  • and a formal interview with a 5 minute presentation

Full details are provided prior to the interview.

Getting to know trainees background and prior experience has ensured that our placements are successful with 100% retention and completion rates.

How school placements work

All trainees are allocated a main placement school which they are based in during the Autumn and Summer term. During the Spring term trainees have a second placement school where they develop their skills in an alternative context. There are also opportunities during this term to pursue areas of personal interest such as SEND, Overseas visits, Primary and Alternative Provision.

Throughout your placement, you will have a dedicated mentor who will support you and work closely with our Alliance team.

Information regarding all of our placement schools is available on our website: Alliance Schools

We will consider specific requests made by you but may not be able to guarantee your first choice of placement school. Reasonable consideration will be given for travel and personal circumstances.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Studying for a postgraduate qualification 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 courses are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included. They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities.

The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website 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 our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.



The qualifications that you need for this course are:

  • Degree in relevant subject (by July 2020)
  • GCSE English and Maths, grade C (new Grade 4 or equivalent)

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range.

Teaching is a very rewarding but demanding job and as such we are looking for trainees who are resilient, committed, reflective and prepared to embrace all aspects of school life.

Other requirements

School Experience is desirable.

You must pass enhanced DBS check prior to starting the course. This is completed after an offer has been accepted.

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in Fundamentals of English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before QTS is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment when you commence your course. Full details of the required assessment will be provided in due course. Please note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

About the training provider

The Northworthy Alliance is a fantastic place to work and train with an excellent reputation for teacher training. We provide bespoke school based training in collaboration with the University of Derby. Our Alliance has a straightforward, but powerful vision – ‘Nurture, Challenge, Aspire’.

We have a strong record in training teachers; last year 100% of our trainees completed the year as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ teachers with high levels of employment and around 1/3rd securing employment across the trust.

You would spend most of the programme in a main placement school, where you gradually take on classes, supported by an experienced mentor and the school coordinator. You are given membership to your subject professional association and also allocated a Subject Specialist Expert, who leads sessions on the best approaches to teaching your subject. The weekly training day alternates between the university and alliance hub base at Long Eaton; the perfect blend of academic rigour and practical classroom practice.

We offer a range of school placement experiences across our alliance in Derby City and Derbyshire. The schools vary in size and student profile, enabling us to match you with the right school. We also offer contrasting and enhanced placements, so that you have a rounded experience, such as teaching in alternative provision, primary, SEN schools and even overseas!

For more information, please visit our website Northworthy Trust Teacher Training

About the accredited body

Our School Direct course is delivered in collaboration with the University of Derby. For more information, please visit the University of Derby Website:

Secondary School Direct

Training with disabilities and other needs

Accessibility varies from site to site, please contact us directly if you would like to discuss your requirements and how we can meet them.

Contact details

0115 973 2438
Long Eaton School
Thoresby Road
Long Eaton
NG10 3NP


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Belper School and Sixth Form
John O’Gaunts Way, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 0DA
Yes B
Ecclesbourne School
Wirksworth Road, Duffield, Belper, Derby, DE56 4GS
Yes E
Main Site
The Long Eaton School, Thoresby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 3NP
Yes -

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