Tidal Teaching School
Primary (2L6G)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Hull
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This one-year PGCE programme is focused on the 3-7 year age phase covering the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula. The programme has been designed so that student-teachers’ knowledge and understanding develops to meet the standards set out in the School of Education & Social Sciences document: Qualifying to Teach and thus are eligible to gain the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All taught course elements are planned to reflect the links between the taught course and the experiences in schools. Teachers from our Partnership Schools contribute to the recruitment process, to the planned and taught elements of the course, and also act as mentors on the teaching practice placements. There is a build-up of responsibility in the classroom that matches the staged course-based training. There is also continuous contact throughout the year with teachers and schools that are in close partnership with the University.

The course programme derives from close study of the child as a developing individual and interactive member of a group. The course places considerable emphasis on developing skills in planning and the assessment of learning, and on the curriculum for the age range. Emphasis is also placed on the quality of the classroom as a stimulating environment designed to accelerate learning and development. Student-teachers will encounter all areas of experience appropriate to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula.

The University-based element of the programme comprises

  • Core subjects
  • Foundation subjects
  • Professional Studies Course

The school-based element of the programme is largely taken up by two Teaching placements but there are also many other half and full-day visits to schools.

Interview process

Competition for places is strong. Successful applicants will a full day at the university. This will begin with a general introduction to the PGCE programme by the Programme Director, followed by an opportunity to ask questions. The rest of the sessions comprises four activities:

  • A 20 minute teaching sequence to a group of 6 to 8 pupils
  • A written task to assess the quality of your written English
  • A numeracy task
  • An individual interview with a member of the Tidal team and a headteacher from one of our partner schools.

How school placements work

Trainees undertake two periods of teaching; one in the spring term and one in the summer. Each placement is of eight weeks’ duration and is preceded by two weeks of preparatory time in the placement school. The aim is to give every trainee a wide range of experience, encompassing pupils of different ages and schools of different size and type. We work in partnership with over 150 primary-phase schools in the region, ranging from small, rural schools with approximately 50 pupils to large urban schools with over 600 pupils.

For each teaching placement, trainees are assigned a university tutor who offers support and guidance before and during the placement. This complements the role of the school mentor, who is able to monitor and assist the trainees’ development on a day-to-day basis.

University tutors and school mentors work closely in partnership with one another to ensure the best possible outcomes for all trainees.

During the year trainees will have the opportunity to teach all primary curriculum subjects, with an emphasis on English and mathematics. The overall teaching load for the spring placement is 60-65%, with an increase in the summer to 70-75%. This provides a firm basis for the 80% teaching load during the NQT year.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,800

Actual fee to be confirmed for 2020-21 entry, the fee published was for the fee for 2019-20 entry. Please contact FACE Admissions Team (Hull University) on 01482 466530/465974 for any further information required on Fees. If you are an International student from a non-EU country you will be charged the standard overseas student fee. Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit the following website for information. (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview)

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

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.



Entry requirements: Applicants must possess GCSE at grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science and a degree of a British university, or equivalent. The University states that prospective applicants hold a degree 2:2 or above. However we will also consider applicants who hold a 3rd Class Degree alongside vast school experience.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities We are looking for applicants with

  • A commitment to primary education
  • An ability to motivate and inspire children of all abilities
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Effective interaction with children
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • Perseverance and flexibility
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work co-operatively
  • An awareness of current educational issues
  • A broad subject-knowledge base
  • Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn
  • Awareness of what being a primary teacher entails

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check

About the training provider

Tidal Teaching School is an alliance of high successful schools in Hull and the East Riding.

Schools in the partnership range from the ethnically diverse and inner city, to rural and market town but share a common attribute in that they offer an outstanding professional training experience for graduates new to teaching.

Secondly, where teaching opportunities within the partnership arise, outstanding qualified teachers who have trained with us have the strongest chance of gaining employment.

Our PGCE Initial Teacher Training Programme will:

  • Be based predominantly around school experience, with outstanding training delivered at the host and alternative placement schools, in collaboration with the University of Hull.

  • Lead to full PGCE with QTS and Masters Credits (linking to your Continuing Professional Development within the partnership).

  • Lead to a planned career path within our partnership, provided we are able to offer you a position.

In 2019 100% of Tidal graduates were successful in gaining employment.

For 2020/21 Tidal Teaching School Alliance will be offering Primary (5-11) and EYFS (3-7) focussed School Direct routes to gaining a postgraduate teaching qualification:

For 2020-2021 a third of the training will be provided by University of Hull and the remainder will be led by outstanding practitioners and specialist leaders of education from within a school setting, as well as experienced mentors from across the teaching school alliance.

Tidal also offer placements within an outstanding Special School and Behavioural Unit.

About the accredited body

The University of Hull are committed to providing their students with top-class facilities and an ideal environment in which to live and learn, which is why they’re undergoing a £200-million project to dramatically improve their buildings and facilities.

Hull has been identified as the UK’s most affordable city for students in 2018* and was identified as the City of Culture for 2017.

The University of Hull has very strong partnerships with local schools and teaching school alliances offering excellent guidance and support.

  • Information taken from Natwest Student Living Index 2018

Training with disabilities and other needs

All schools in the partnership have up to date accessibility plans and are continually working to ensure all needs are accommodated in our schools.

Any candidates with additional needs receive additional time when completing University skills tests as part of the recruitment process.

Contact details

Spring Cottage Primary School, Dressay Grove


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