Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub Design and technology (C917)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Teach First
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

Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub is working in partnership with Teach First to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) where you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE. Our research-led course will give you plenty of hands-on experience and our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice, to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from mid-September to July. You will have one day a week to engage in training and development to support your teaching practice, as well as a six-week placement in a different school. The programme balances developing your subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and techniques to manage your workload and wellbeing.

At the start of the programme in September, you’ll have two weeks of intensive training which will focus on the core areas of teaching such as behaviour management and lesson planning. You will have a further two weeks of intensive training later in the year. When you are in your school placement, you will spend your time with other expert teachers, observing their lessons, learning how to teach and plan lessons and, throughout the year, practise your own teaching. You will work closely with a highly skilled mentor, alongside other colleagues, who will also receive support and training from Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub.

Your weekly training day is designed in collaboration with Teach First’s expert curriculum designers and sequenced to make sure you are focused on the areas of teaching that are most relevant to that point in the year. The training will include a mixture of online and face-to-face elements and will ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a great teacher, gain your Qualified Teacher Status and your PGCE.

The programme also includes a six-week placement in another school starting in January. You will spend time working with children of a different age, this may mean spending time in a primary school, a secondary school, post-16, or in a special school setting, depending on your specialism. These experiences will ensure you have a broad experience of teaching in different schools.

At the end of the programme, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills to become an effective Early Career Teacher alongside achieving a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.

School placements

The Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub has highly developed links, enjoying productive relationships with excellent local schools. The Hub will therefore be able to place you in local schools that are best suited to you. This extended placement offers ample opportunity to observe and learn from outstanding teachers. You will become a valuable member of that teaching community, working within a department or year team to provide great outcomes for both you and the students. You will develop new skills with support a subject mentor in your school and a Lead Mentor, who will oversee your professional development. Your school mentor will support you as your teaching experience widens from initial observation of experienced teachers, then working towards teaching and taking more responsibility for whole classes in preparation for your final QTS award.

Through a weekly practical programme of professional studies, trainees can also meet regularly during their school placement to discuss their work and progress with each other. The Hub works closely with Teach First to ensure your training is rigorous and broad.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in design and technology 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We accept most equivalency test providers. You will need to have passed your GCSE equivalency test before applying to our programme; we will not be able to process your application until you have passed.

Personal qualities

You must have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for your subject specialism and for working with young people. The PGCE is a challenging course; applicants need a wide range of skills to include the ability to form relationships, good communication, commitment to learning and teaching. Trainees manage daily responsibilities and juggle lots of priorities. We would expect candidates to be proactive; taking the initiative plays a big part in teaching. You’ll need patience, energy and a positive mindset. Personal development is vital for long-term success. Being able to honestly assess your performance, strengths and weaknesses will help you develop quickly.

Other requirements

Applicants without Design Technology as a major subject are expected to undertake essential background reading before the course starts.

We expect all prospective trainees to have spent some days observing, possibly assisting, students and teachers in Design Technology classrooms to familiarise themselves with current developments. School Experience opportunities are available through the Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub.

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Fees and financial support

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

There may be a bursary available for this course.

About the training provider

Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub offers trainees a strong of expertise which means that we are at the forefront of innovative practice in this area. We can offer trainees the chance to experience contrasting school placements and curricula across our partnership.

As we deliver the Early Career Framework across Northamptonshire, we are able to offer trainees three coherent years of high quality, evidence-informed development, as you progress from qualified teacher to beginning your first teaching post in schools.

Working with our Teach First partner, 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 evaluations of the course: the academic 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

Teach First is a charity that develops teachers and school leaders and supports schools facing the toughest challenges. They have been training teachers for 20 years and are the largest Initial Teacher Training provider in the country. Teach First are committed to driving change in the system by helping all teachers to reach their potential. Teach First have shared expertise from their Ofsted-rated Outstanding Training Programme to develop our high-quality school-centred teacher training programme.

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your application. We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a vocation to work in education and your specialised phase and/or subject.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to interview at the top-performing Brooke Weston Academy, Oakley Vale, Northamptonshire. The interview day is usually within seven days of a successful application. The interview process will include the following:

  • opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
  • a panel interview
  • a subject-specific taught lesson
  • subject knowledge assessment

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

Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub aims to provide a safe and inclusive working environment for all. Our school-based teams will discuss any additional needs with you prior to placement. 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 can be made available to all trainees following training sessions.
  • Parking and transport needs can be considered when choosing your placement schools.
  • Trainees can discuss dyslexia needs with their placement school prior to starting, and mentors will be happy to help with adapting any resources for you should you need them.

Teach First’s vision is to build a fair education for all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our programmes and partnerships. You will have access to our partner university’s support services and we will take a tailored approach to all reasonable adjustments trainees may need. You will be able to apply to Student Finance for additional support dependent on eligibility, for example Disabled Students’ Allowance.

Contact this training provider

Coomb Road
Great Oakley
Great Oakley
NN18 8LA

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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