Important

Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub Primary (298R)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northampton
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
http://www.northamptonshireteachingschoolhub.org

Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022

Contents

Course summary

Throughout the PGCE Primary programme you will be enhancing your subject knowledge in conjunction with curriculum and pedagogic knowledge to enable all children to make progress.

There are two modules

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Professional Studies.

These are taught at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus by experienced and expert tutors and the course aims to address Initial Teacher Training Content, National Curriculum coverage and national priorities in primary education.

Over the year, there are blocks of centre-based learning events and school experiences. There are assignments, which are spread over the year. The School Experience Library is an excellent resource offered to students to enhance their use of research and resources to inform practice in the classroom. The University of Northampton is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

School placements are spent in the partnership schools of the Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub, which offer contrasts in size, intake and organisation.

School placements

The PGCE programme includes three school experiences and one self organised experience. The normal pattern is referred to as ABA where the autumn term and summer term are based in school A in the same class and the spring term in school B in the alternative key stage.

Both school A and school B are Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub partner schools and are chosen to give a good contrast, to help trainees to become confident of their ability to teach in any school. In each school, an experienced teacher will mentor a trainee to offer support and challenge. Mentors work closely with the university.

The self-organised experience normally takes place in the spring term.

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.

If you are considering taking a GCSE equivalency test, please contact Admissions for advice prior to your application.

Personal qualities

To be considered for entry for the PGCE, prospective candidates must have the necessary personal attributes, meet the entry requirements required by the Teacher Regulation Agency for schools and provide suitable references to support their academic qualifications and/or their prior experiences.

Personal attributes include commitment to working with children and making a difference to their progress, organisation and time management skills, ability to work with others and respond to advice, and use of standard spoken English.

Other requirements

You must be interviewed, and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association and Prohibition checks.

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition fees for the 2022/2023 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

About the training provider

Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub offers trainees a strong, ever-growing network of expertise which means that we are at the forefront of innovative practice in this area. We can offer trainees the chance to experience the wide variety of school organisations and curricula across our partnership.

Working with our university partners, we seek to ensure that trainees graduate from the course feeling supported, confident and well equipped for teaching. Completion and employment rates are high. Trainee satisfaction is also at a very high level, as shown by the evaluations of the course; the university training, the opportunity to discuss issues with peers, the level of support and the feeling of being valued are all particularly appreciated.

About the accredited body

The University of Northampton has over forty years of successful experience in initial teacher training, education and research. Initial teacher training received an Ofsted grade of ‘Good’ in November 2014.

Individual students are very well supported during their training and into their teaching posts. All trainees have access to purpose-built teaching and learning resources on the new Waterside Campus, allowing them to develop their professional abilities. Facilities include fully equipped rooms; teaching and learning involves using technology, high quality teaching resources, workshops and group work relevant to the variety of educational settings in which students will be working.

Interview process

Applicants selected for interview will have an individual interview with a member of staff and a teacher from a partnership school. This will explore an applicant’s commitment to teaching, prior experiences and awareness of current educational contexts. It is intended to be a positive experience, not a daunting one.

It is the policy of The University of Northampton that candidates should not be prejudiced as a result of any disability and reasonable adjustments will be made to mitigate unfair discrimination. Therefore, all candidates with disabilities are encouraged to identify and/or request support for actual or potential circumstances.

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

The University of Northampton offers support for applicants with a declared need. Individual meetings are held with trainees throughout the year with the Head of Initial Teacher Training and Programme Leader to discuss needs and signpost support.

Leicester School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor will contact all trainees who declare a disability and offer advise about the support which they may be entitled. They ask trainees to tell us how their disability may affect their learning and any adjustments they needed in order to access their studies.

These requests, with trainees’ permission, are passed on to the relevant tutors, lecturers and schools so that they can accommodate all needs. Trainees can contact the School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor and the University’s AccessAbility Centre for further advice or to report a problem.

Some examples of how we support trainees with disabilities include:

  • Accessible school placements provided for trainees with a physical disability.
  • Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of trainees with mental health difficulties.
  • Slide presentations and resources are made available to all trainees at least 24 hours before a session takes place.
  • The AccessAbility Centre provides after hours appointments for PGCE trainees who are on placement and unable to attend during the day.
  • Disabled parking permits are provided to enable trainees with physical disabilities to park close to university buildings.
  • A variety of lesson planning templates is discussed with trainees with dyslexia to identify one that meets their needs and aids progression.

Contact this training provider

Email
itt@northantstshub.org
Telephone
01536397013
Website
http://www.northamptonshireteachingschoolhub.org
Address
Coomb Road
Great Oakley
Corby
Great Oakley
NN18 8LA

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.

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.

Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022