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.

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


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 expert 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 experienced 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Also, 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 2021 to 2022 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 can be one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging careers you can choose. And, if you decide to become a teacher, you will want to know that you have got off to the best possible start to your career. 

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT programmes have all been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted (May 2013). Trainee outcomes have been consistently high over the past three years with 76% of our primary trainees achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’ and 100% a grade of ‘good’ or better over the past two years. 100% of the 2016-2017 primary cohort secured a teaching post at the end of their training year.

Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT is the largest provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training in the country and their SCITT programme regularly ranks in the UK top 10 (Good Teacher Training Guide Buckingham University).

You can apply for a place on the SCITT Salaried PGCE programme through Barrow CEVC Primary School, the lead school in the ConnectED Teaching School Alliance.

Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to teach a Key Stage One or Key Stage Two class for around 20-30 minutes; you will be advised of the year group prior to interview. In addition there will be a short written task, a maths test based on the Key Stage Two maths expectations and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.

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 has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. 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.

f you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want 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 there are adjustments required. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. 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

01473 265077
The SCITT Centre University of Suffolk Ipswich

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).

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