Shepway Teacher Training English (23WP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Successful applicants for the 2023-24 School Direct Programme will work in two schools - a base school and a second school, which will provide a contrasting setting.

Trainees will follow a school-based programme that will enable you to work alongside outstanding practitioners developing the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become inspirational, creative and purposeful teachers.

As a trainee you will have full access to Canterbury Christ Church University and all its facilities.

It is a requirement of all QTS courses that trainees get at least 60 days (or equivalent) training through the year, comprising at least 15 days of taught sessions at the University and ongoing professional development activities provided by the school.

Development in school will be supported by a mentor who will help you in your progress towards meeting the standards for QTS.

Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject or phase, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.

In additional to the professional studies content, all trainees will undertake various Curriculum Studies modules. These involve work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject or phase. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to develop your appreciation of what works and how.

Trainees will be welcomed as full members of the staff team and encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life including professional development days, monitoring and evaluation activity, extra-curricular activities and community events.


QTS Pathway – all students Throughout the course you will be assessed by your mentors and tutors who will grade you at key points to help you understand how well you are meeting the standards for QTS. At the end of the course you will have a final assessment. This will take the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether you have met the standards for QTS.

School Direct PGCE Pathway In addition to the above assessment process for the recommendation for QTS students who have opted for the School Direct PGCE Pathway will be required to submit three 4,000 word equivalent assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level.

School placements

Successful applicants will spend the majority of the training year in one school, generally starting on the first day of the school term in September.

Shepway Teacher Training works with secondary schools in both Folkestone and Ashford districts, which offer a range of subjects each year according to need and capacity.

In most schools you will have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 age range.

Trainees will also experience a second placement, which is 4-6 weeks in Term 3. As Kent is a selective authority, we tend to swap those in one setting with the contrasting one for their second placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

At least 50% match to the target subject, otherwise the candidate will need to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. We are happy to discuss this with any potential applicant.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who have a passion for education, are positive, enthusiastic, organised, creative, flexible, patient and have a desire to share these skills with young people of all abilities in our schools.

It is an advantage to have experience of to have experience of British mainstream schools.

Knowledge of the curriculum, the challenges a school may face in raising standards and the ability to talk about what makes for great teaching are particularly important. An awareness of current issues and an understanding of the pressures of the job will strengthen any application.

Other requirements

All accepted candidates will be required to provide proof of their educational qualifications in the form of certificates. Transcripts are not accepted. We do not require these to be shown at interview, but any offer made will be conditional on satisfactory proofs being supplied.

All trainees who are accept an offer on our programmes will be required to undergo a new Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service.

We operate a safe recruitment policy, which requires candidates to complete confidential disclosure (seen by the Head of the Teaching School), where there may be issues which would affect any subsequent DBS Check.

Fees and financial support

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

The fee above is that which applies to the QTS & PGCE route.

Those who train to achieve Qualified Teacher Status are trained at a reduced rate of £5,960.

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About the training provider

Why Train with Shepway Teacher Training?

We look for candidates with the following strengths:

  • a passion for learning and an interest in/knowledge of education
  • excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • the ability to stay calm and deal with stressful situations
  • a drive to succeed and resilience in the face of difficulty
  • the ability to be an equal part of a team
  • experience of managing teams and other adults
  • a sense of humour and the charisma to inspire and motivate our pupils
  • reflective practitioners who respond positively to feedback
  • interests outside of education

We are interested in those potential trainees who are motivated by a desire to see children thrive in their education and a commitment to see things through.

We offer a one-year, full-time, teacher training programme - a distinctive and practical school-centred pathway into the profession of teaching.

You will work alongside experienced teachers, who will act as mentors. You will have the opportunity to work in two good and outstanding schools in the Shepway district or sometimes further afield where this matches your needs as a trainee.

Interview process

Each candidate shortlisted for interview will be notified directly and by email from our team.

If candidates are notified that they have been successful in securing an interview, they may wish to visit the lead school prior to the interview.

Interviews will be generally be held at the school to which you are applying and will be conducted by senior teachers and the Head of Department. Some panels will also include a representative of the University and/or the Partnership.

Candidates should be able to discuss their recent relevant educational experience, which should be based on their work with children or young people.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate relevant skills through a brief teaching activity. You will also be asked to give a short, prepared presentation and complete short mathematics and literacy tasks.

Will also require candidates to bring proof their qualifications to interview, including their degree certificate. This is to ensure that there are no subsequent problems with eligibility to train.

We are happy to respond to questions from candidates prior to interview. The process is designed to give each applicant the best chance to show their potential to be a successful trainee.

If you are offered a place on our programme, you may also be required to visit potential placement schools for a short additional interview although this requirement applies on a case-by-case basis.

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

All reasonably practicable steps will be taken to ensure that problems relating to access or equipment do not debar disabled applicants from employment. Candidates who indicate a disability on their application form and are invited to a recruitment and selection day will be contacted in advance to discuss whether any particular access or other requirements are required, such as large print documents or wheelchair access.

Contact this training provider

01303 257280
Sandgate Primary School
Coolinge Lane
CT20 3QU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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