Achieve with TELA Primary (2NYH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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

The Achieve with TELA school direct programme is an established programme with a successful track record working in partnership with University of Leicester and other School Direct partners.

The course structure during your training year is split between time at university, with school direct delivery partners and three high quality teaching placements over two schools. During your school placement you will have an experienced, supportive mentor in school and cover teaching practice across the varied age ranges.

You will also be part of the Achieve Primary Network sessions that run during your school placements and are led by a primary Head Teacher from TELA alliance.

Taught sessions are with school direct partners for the Maths and English strands and are delivered at the university by current practising subject specialist teachers from our schools, they will link theory with practice. University specialist deliver the other primary stands and prepare you for completion of your assignments. All these sessions introduce you to the principles and theory of good teaching practice in preparation for your teaching placements.

You will be required to select a specialism at the beginning of your course. In addition to maths and lower primary, other options may include inclusion, science, and English (subject to availability)

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by a personal tutor who’ll meet with you regularly to provide guidance, as well as monitoring your progress. On each of your teaching placements, you’ll also be supported by a visiting university tutor whose role is to ensure things run smoothly and that you have the best possible experience.

Your progress will be assessed throughout the course by your personal tutor, school-based mentors and other University tutors.

You’ll also be required to complete two, 5,000 word written assignments. These are closely linked to the time you’ll spend in school and require you to reflect critically on your experience and learning during your placements.

All students on our PGCE course begin on the Masters-level route. Depending on your attainment in the written assignments, you’ll graduate with one of two awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which provides 90 Level 7 Masters credits.

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which does not carry Masters level credits.

For students who meet the assessment criteria, both qualifications lead to recommendation for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

Training teachers to change children’s lives in the local community…

School placements

School placements are three high quality teaching placements over two schools covering the primary age range. Your teaching experience in the autumn, spring and summer terms will be preceded by blocks of time at the university.

During your school placements you will have an experienced, supportive mentor in school along with the support from Achieve and the University.

Were possible we will tell you which schools your placements are in prior to you starting the course. This gives you the opportunity to visit your placement schools and meet the teams you will be training with before you start your placement. If you have a preference for a placement in one of our alliance schools, please do let us know and if we can we will try to accommodate your request, subject to availability.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Arnesby School
Mill Hill Road, Arnesby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE8 5WG
Badgerbrook Primary School
Badger Drive, Whetstone, Leicester, LE8 6ZW
Cosby Primary School
Portland Street, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1TE
Hallbrook Primary School
1 Hallbrook Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LE9 6WX
Richmond Primary School
Stoke Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3EA
Sketchley Hill Primary School
Burbage, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE10 2DY
St Peters Primary School
Wale Road, Whetstone, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE8 6NJ
St Simon & St Jude Church of England Primary School
Astley Road, Earl Shilton, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 7AE
Thomas Estley Learning Alliance
Lead School : Thomas Estley, Station Road, Broughton Astley, LE9 6PT
Townlands C of E Primary Academy
Meadow Court Road, Earl Shilton, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 7FF
Ullesthorpe Church of England Primary School
Ashby Road, Ullesthorpe, Lutterworth, Leicester , Leicestershire, LE17 5DN

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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.

Personal qualities

The Achieve School Direct programme is a challenging course and we aim to recruit the best. We are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge and relevant experience as well as a passion for working with young people.

This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people, being able to develop positive relationships with young people and adults. An ability to listen, be sensitive, work collaboratively and respond to the needs of others are all crucial. You will need to be able to express your ideas confidently both orally and in writing.

Other requirements

All trainee students will be subject to enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

You’ll pay the University tuition fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries or scholarships.

Please check the University website for confirmation on their tuition fees and support available. The Get into Teaching website will contain the most up to date information on bursaries or scholarships that are available.

About the training provider

Achieve with TELA school provides school based initial teacher training in primary and secondary education. We are an established programme with a successful track record of recruiting the best and providing a high-quality experience. Our ethos is to train, employ and grow our own teachers and future leaders in Leicestershire and surrounding areas.

“The experience and opportunities you will receive are invaluable” English Trainee

You will learn from practicing teachers and university specialists. You will develop your knowledge of how academic theory underpins your classroom practice. Our course structures cover the areas you need to feel completely prepared to enter your early career teacher classroom.

“The training sessions were relevant and pragmatic. As well as the content it was always great to meet up with other Achieve trainees” Science Trainee

We work with a community of local schools and many of our graduates find employment within our alliance. Our school based provision includes high quality teaching placements with experienced, supportive mentors in schools.

“A very supportive alliance. Talented staff with a passion to teach people how to teach” Drama Trainee

Our course partners include the Leicestershire SCITT, University of Leicester and Warwick University.

All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters Credits.

“Getting to experience a number of different schools during training was incredibly worthwhile “ Math’s Trainee

Children and young adults are at the heart of everything we do, - Achieve with TELA are with you every step of the way.

Interview process

Interviews will be held in one of the alliance primary school. Thomas Estley Community College is the administrative hub for primary and secondary School Direct and will co-ordinate the recruitment process.

On receipt of your UCAS application, it will be screened to ensure that you met our criteria. We are looking for evidence across the following areas:

  • Suitable academic qualifications (refer to entry requirements)
  • Experience (paid or voluntary) in UK schools or educational-related settings, or in wider working with children or young people environment or how your skills are transferable to working with young people.
  • A personal statement which shows an ability to reflect on your experiences. Consider how your experiences, skills and achievements provide evidence that you have the potential to be a great teacher. Pay particular attention to reflecting on relevant experience in a way that indicates a capacity for critical reflection and an awareness of key issues in education.
  • References, you will require an academic and non-academic reference. Please refer to the see the Get into teaching website for more guidance on suitable referees.

If your application is successfully you will be invited to an assessment at an Alliance primary school. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. The day will include:

  • Classroom observation task
  • Fifteen -minute presentation
  • Staff panel interview

If successful at the school assessment we will recommend you for a further interview at the University.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are happy to receive applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the candidates needs across the alliance.

Contact this training provider

01455 283 263 ext 3206
Station Road
Broughton Astley

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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