Barrow CEVC Primary School Primary (L911)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, CTSN SCITT
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
15 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

As a school based provider of initial teacher training, CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. All the tutors on the course are experienced teachers, able to guide trainees into a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum and appropriate pedagogy, informed by both research and the tutors’ own practice. During the course, trainees will spend one day (usually Thursdays) in Core Training, and the remaining 4 days a week in school. Whilst in school, trainees carry out specific teaching tasks, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing expert teachers; working with children in smaller groups; one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment and planning; reading, writing and research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee has a mentor (usually the class teacher) with whom teaching and other tasks are planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. In addition, each trainee is assigned to one of the senior tutor team who visit the trainee in school and support their learning throughout the year. This provides a strong support network for the trainee throughout the course. Trainees will have a choice of attending core training in either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. The course will lead to the award of both QTS and PGCE (Anglia Ruskin University). For further details please follow the link to CTSNSCITT.

School placements

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home. You will spend the first term in one school and then, after Christmas, move to a contrasting school for the remainder of the course.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbots Green Community Primary School
18 Airfield Rd, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7PJ
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Ave, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9EG

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.

You would need to have GCSE qualifications (grade C/4 or better) in Mathematics, English and Science, or a confirmed equivalent qualification.

Personal qualities

As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that children in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

£9,250, often covered with a student loan. You would also qualify for a means tested maintenance loan. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

About the training provider

Teaching is one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging career choices and Barrow CEVC Primary School, which is a Lead School for Suffolk and Norfolk and the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network SCITTs, is proud of its contribution to the recruitment of high calibre teacher trainees.

Barrow CEVC Primary School is an outstanding, one-form entry primary school; a vibrant learning community where excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils are promoted within a strong Christian ethos. At Barrow, children are valued as individuals and teachers are passionately committed to their achievement and personal growth.

Barrow School CEVC Primary School offers a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all learners. Teachers strive to craft a learning environment which nurtures pupils’ minds, bodies and souls to develop happy, healthy and well-rounded citizens of the world.

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning; they are involved as far as possible in reviewing the way they learn and prompted to reflect on how they learn best. The school’s performance data is almost always above the national and county averages, sometimes significantly so.

Barrow CEVC is a provider of continuing professional development for teaching, learning and leadership in primary schools through ‘ConnectED’.

More information about the Initial Teacher Training providers with which Barrow CEVC Primary works can be found below.

About the accredited body

CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region:

  • All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
  • There is a wide range of placement schools.
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with the Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS.

Please see CTSN SCITT for more information.

Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to teach a Key Stage One or Key Stage Two class for 15 minutes; you will be advised of the year group prior to interview. In addition there will be a short written task, a maths test and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT training venues in Ipswich and Norwich have full disabled access as do partnership schools. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.

The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network (CTSN) feels that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of schools in which they work. If you have special requirements, and you are invited to attend an interview, please let CTSN know beforehand so reasonable adjustments can be made. CTSN wants all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability.

All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if adjustments are required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in its training. Trainees are encouraged to disclose all relevant information with placement schools to enable them to make suitable provision. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact this training provider

01284 810223
Colethorpe Lane
Bury St Edmunds
IP29 5AU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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