St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester Primary (2CFF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Durham 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Durham SCITT primary trainees will be allocated a ‘home school’ but will also complete a second placement in one of the other primary partnership schools. On each placement you will be allocated a Mentor who will support and guide you through the school based training.

The centrally based training is delivered by highly skilled practitioners from our Partnership Schools as well as SCITT staff, producing highly reflective trainees with a very good understanding of how children learn. There is a strong emphasis on giving you the knowledge and understanding to secure pupils’ progress in the core subjects, English, Science and Mathematics. The course will also enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of other subjects in the curriculum.

The training has been designed to reflect local and national priorities and covers a wide range of general professional subjects including Behaviour Management and Special Educational Needs.

All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements, and through a series of 3 short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.

The PGCE is accredited by University of Sunderland and assessed through 2 written assignments. The 2 PGCE training modules will be held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe.

If a trainee does not meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, but has passed the 2 PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme.

School placements

You can select your placement school on application however we do reserve the right at St Bede’s to place you on site here or with one of our partner schools, depending on how many places are available at the time you apply.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
All Saints RCVA Primary School, Lanchester
Kitswell Road, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0JG
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
Dunsmuir Grove, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 4QL
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Esh Winning
Durham Road, Esh Winning, Durham, DH7 9PA
Our Lady Queen of Peace RCVA Primary School
Station Road, Penshaw, Houghton le Spring, DH4 7JZ
Our Lady and St Joseph Brooms Catholic Primary School, Leadgate
St Ives Road, Leadgate, Consett, County Durham , DH8 7SN
Primary School Course via St Bede’s Catholic School & Sixth Form College
Consett Road, Lanchester, DH7 0RD
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Byermoor, Burnopfield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE16 6NU
St Alban’s RC Primary School
Rothbury Avenue, Pelaw, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 0QY
St Anne’s RC Primary School
Off Pickering Green, Harlow Green, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 7HX
St Augustine’s R.C. Primary School
Colegate, Leam Lane, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 8PP
St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, Sacriston
Front Street, Sacriston, Durham, County Durham, DH7 6AB
St Bede’s RC Primary School, Washington
Hampshire Place, Washington, NE37 2NP
St Benet’s Catholic Primary School, Ouston
St Benet’s Way, Ouston, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH2 1QX
St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, Chester-Le-Street
Ropery Lane, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH3 3PH
St Godrics Catholic Primary School, Thornley
Thornley Road, Wheatley Hill, Durham, Co Durham, DH6 3NR
St John Boste Primary School
Castle Road, Oxclose, Washington, NE38 0HL
St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School, Birtley
Mitchell Street, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH3 1LU
St Joseph’s Catholic Middle School, Hexham
Highford Lane, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 2DD
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Blaydon
Croftdale Road, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4BG
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Gilesgate
Mill Lane, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 2JQ
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Ushaw Moor
Durham Road, Ushaw Moor, Durham, County Durham, DH7 7LF
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Stanley
Front Street, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0NP
St Joseph’s RC Junior School, Birtley
School Street, Birtley, Co Durham, DH3 2PN
St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Washington
Village Lane, Washington, NE38 7HU
St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Rowlands Gill
Whinfield Way, Highfield, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2JE
St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School
Stella Lane, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4NE
St Mary’s Catholic First School, Hexham
Hencotes, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 2EE
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Blackhill
Pemberton Road, Blackhill, Consett, County Durham, DH8 8JD
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, South Moor
Hustledown, South Moor, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 6PH
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Whickham
Duckpool Lane, Whickham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE16 4HB
St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Esh Village
Esh Village, Durham, County Durham, DH7 9QY
St Oswald’s RC Primary
Easington Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 7LH
St Patrick’s RC Primary School, Consett
Stanley Street, Consett, Consett, County Durham, DH8 6LN
St Patrick’s RC Primary School, Dipton
North Road, Flint Hill, Dipton, Stanley, DH9 9BB
St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Langley Moor
Goatbeck Terrace, Langley Moor, Durham, Co Durham, DH7 8JJ
St Peter’s RC Primary School, Low Fell
Dryden Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5TU
St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School
Ellison Road, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2QU
St Pius Xth Catholic Primary School, Consett
Thornfield Road, The Grove, Consett, County Durham, DH8 8AX
St Thomas More Primary School, Belmont
Thorndale Road, Belmont, DH1 2AQ
St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School
Old Ford Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 0DJ
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School - Gateshead
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 1LR
St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
Highfield Lane, Prudhoe, NE42 6EY
St. Michael’s Catholic Primary School
Durham Road, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH5 8NF

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.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

By choosing to do your training at St Bede’s you will be immersed in school life from the outset, interacting with students and learning first hand from outstanding teachers. We provide an innovative initial teacher training programme which will develop all aspects of your teaching repertoire and thoroughly prepare you for your NQT year. You will practise a broad range of skills in a bespoke training programme that will aim to develop you into an outstanding practitioner from the outset. You will be allocated a subject mentor from our staff with vast experience to support you through the year. These outstanding classroom practitioners will introduce you to school life and help you to learn how to teach your subject and also provide you with regular feedback and guidance to improve. St Bede’s works closely with Durham SCITT (School Centre Initial Teacher Training). You will also complete a Primary placement and Placement B at a chosen Secondary School. By choosing to train with St Bede’s, you will be working with other enthusiastic and talented trainees as well as outstanding staff.

Interview process

The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether or not we should invite you for interview. It is, therefore, important to include all the relevant information on the form to help us make this decision.

If you are invited to interview and have a disability, please let the Course Administrator know in advance if there are any special arrangements that should be made for the interview process, for example large print copies of documentation, additional time for reading or wheelchair access to the interview rooms.

You will be sent information about a 30 minute subject specific teaching task and we will advise which year group and how many students. The interview panel will then ask you several questions to establish your motivation for wanting to teach in your chosen subject area and some administration questions. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. After the teaching task and formal interview, you will have a timed written and numeracy activity to complete.

The formal interview panel will be made up of the HT and Subject Leader. A representative from Durham SCITT may also be present.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

St Bede’s Catholic School & Sixth Form College strives to ensure that their provision does not place applicants with declared disabilities at a disadvantage. We make anticipatory adjustments to promote positive equality of access for disabled applicants, including access to benefits, facilities and services. We provide as many opportunities as possible for applicants to identify any special arrangements they may require, for example when inviting them for interview and continue to provide this level of care throughout their journey with us. We also ensure timely risk assessments are carried out to meet the needs of the individual.

Contact this training provider

St Bede's Catholic School & Sixth Form College
Consett Road
Co Durham
DH 7 0RD

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).

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