PACE Academy Trust Primary (B843)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Schools Direct training will be delivered by Specialist Leaders of Education and Senior Leaders from our trust schools and this will be enhanced by training and support sessions provided by Roehampton University on a selection of days throughout the year. Please note: you will be in your allocated base school from September to July, coming out for one placement in another school during the Autumn term. You will not be based at the university, but instead viewed as a member of the school community.

Our mentors are outstanding teachers and are also required to undertake training to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. The level of guidance and advice that trainees receive is of an exceptionally high standard and we pride ourselves in the successful relationships we foster with each student.

In addition to this, you will be part of a strong team of students who will meet regularly to train, share experiences and build on good teaching practice adding a support network accessible throughout the year.

During the course of your training, you will gain experience working within different settings and with children of differing abilities. This will ensure that you receive a broad understanding of the range of teaching required to suit the differing needs, ability and socio-economic backgrounds of the pupils.

School placements

As stated, you will be given a base school once accepted onto the programme. This is usually confirmed with you in the June prior to you starting in the September. You will be a member of the school team for the full school academic year - September to July. Within this time, you will have 1 additional placement in another of our trust schools in the Autumn term. You will also have to opportunity to visit other schools and provisions for days within the year. There will also be a two-week placement in the ‘missing key stage’ e.g. EYFS should your main placements be in KS1 and KS2.

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees who have a genuine interest in young people and how they learn best and who demonstrate passion for wanting to help them achieve. Candidates should be enthusiastic about their subject, have effective communication skills and an ability to understand, speak and write clearly in standard English. You should be creative, open to new ideas, be able to share best practice and to able to review personal progress. Above all we are looking for ambitious and motivated trainee teachers who have a real desire to work with young people of all abilities.

Other requirements

Applicants should be able to provide evidence of skills and attributes they have developed from another job or profession, over approximately a 2 year or more period of time. Applicants who can demonstrate some recent and meaningful experience working with young people, will have a much better idea about what makes an effective teacher and a less effective one. This doesn’t need to be paid work but any kind of helping activity, classroom observation or learning support. You will also need a DBS check, carried out by your base school at the start of the programme.

Fees and financial support

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

School Direct (Fee-paying) Open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee to Roehampton University.

About the training provider

PACE Academy Trust, in partnership with Roehampton University, provides bespoke, school-based teacher training with exceptional levels of support and guidance for all our trainees. We offer a PGCE with QTS as the accreditation for all school direct students, whether salaried or fee-paying trainees and we base our students in school for the entirety of the academic year. We create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers all feel valued and supported and this leads to a culture of enthusiasm, commitment and outstanding achievement.

We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences across our local area. The School Direct Lead School for PACE is Chipstead Valley Primary School, an Ofsted Outstanding school in Croydon. Within our trust, we have New Valley Primary and Keston Primary in Croydon and Stanford and Beecholme in Merton.

Our outstanding practitioners have a proven track record in training and professional development and all our trainees receive the highest level of continual support throughout their training. This covers all aspects of teaching life including behaviour management skills, planning and assessment, subject knowledge, professional enrichment, SEND, inclusion, pastoral care and a wide range of pedagogy. All students have the opportunity to work closely with an experienced, trained mentor and will become part of the school ethos from the first day of entry.

100% of students we have trained agreed that if they were to do it again, it would be with us!

About the accredited body

The School Direct Training Programme (tuition fee) route is open to all high quality graduates. Applications are made to individual schools. Trainees carry out training at Roehampton and within their school.

This route leads to a PGCE with 60 Master’s credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year. You will spend at least 120 days in school and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in the school that you have applied to and there will also be a shorter placement in another school which will add breadth to the experience.

Interview process

We are fully aware that the majority of our applicants may never have stepped foot in front of a class, so we aim to make the interview process as relaxing for everyone involved as possible. The interview process involves approximately 3 head teachers from our trust schools, alongside the trust School Direct Lead. We also offer a tour of our lead school, as although you may not necessarily be based there if successful, we work very closely as PACE academy trust and offer many similarities in our delivery of the curriculum, sharing similar values within our school communities.

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

Chipstead Valley Primary has an Enhanced Learning Provision Unit (ELP) for pupils on site, which means that we have full accessibility for those with physical disabilities (ramps, wheelchair access, refuge areas, lifts etc). We can provide modified materials for those with dyslexia or visual impairments and are happy to support all other disabilities in any way necessary. Please contact us to discuss the needs you would have and we can discuss how we can provide you with tailored, specific support.

Contact this training provider

Chipstead Valley Primary School
Chipstead Valley Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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