Claremont Primary School
Primary (2BVM)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
Teach Kent & Sussex
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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Over an academic year, student teachers will train on the job in classrooms, from day one. The course is designed to ease trainees into gradually taking on the full responsibilities of a class teacher, including a sizeable teaching workload by Easter. Training in school is supported and enhanced by academic study and independent research.

Trainees will spend four and a half days in school carrying out a range of professional activities, including observing other teachers, team-teaching and solo-teaching. The remaining half day a week will be for professional development through weekly training sessions, facilitated by Teach Kent and Sussex based at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. Click here for more information.

Teach Kent and Sussex was recently rated OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted. Click here to read the full inspection report. Regarding the professional development programme, Ofsted reported that:

“The course provides trainees with an outstanding grounding in recent, highly credible research into teaching, learning and the curriculum. From the outset, trainees learn about how pupils gain and remember new knowledge. They develop a secure understanding of how curriculum content can be selected and sequenced to ensure that pupils master key concepts.”

All Trainees will be based in a class in their assigned school for the entire year, except during a six-week second school placement. Trainees will be fully supported throughout the year by an assigned mentor, an experienced teacher who will themselves be trained and supported by Teach Kent and Sussex. Trainees will benefit from weekly meetings, regular observations with constructive feedback, planning guidance and on-the-job advice. Click here for more information.

Trainees will be regularly assessed against the Teaching Standards through a combination of informal and formal observations by their assigned mentor. For QTS, all Trainees are observed teaching in four separate year groups. They are also required to gather evidence in support of the Teaching Standards.

Trainees have the opportunity to select from either a QTS or PGCE with QTS route. The PGCE route is the more academic option and essential if trainees wish to teach abroad. We offer this through the University of Sussex. Click here to find out more.

We also offer the course part-time (over two academic years). Please feel free to contact us at traintoteach if you would like to discuss either the PGCE component or part-time option.

Interview process

Once an application is live on UCAS, it will be assessed for suitability. If an applicant is considered suitable, they will be invited to a distance interview over Zoom by Senior Mentor or senior member of staff within the partnership.

As part of our half-day selection process you will need to:

  • Give a short presentation about how you have helped a small group of children or adults learn something (instructions will be given in advance).
  • Engage in a Reading Aloud task (instructions will be given in advance).
  • Participate in two informal discussions - one about the course and the other about the primary curriculum (no preparation is required in advance for either of these discussions)
  • Participate in a formal interview, during which you will be asked about why you wish to teach, and how you can show you have the capacity and personal characteristics to do so.
  • Complete a written task and a short Maths test (for which no preparation is required).
  • Complete our safe recruitment checklist and provide appropriate certificates (e.g. your degree certificate).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of schools, all parts of the interview will be carried out remotely using Zoom. You will, therefore, need to have access to a device capable of web conferencing and a printer (if possible).

How school placements work

The candidate’s school will be carefully selected to meet the needs of both the candidate and the schools within the network. All schools used for teacher training have been graded Good by Ofsted, and many are Outstanding. All schools used are within Tunbridge Wells or the surrounding area.

Trainees will have one placement at their base school (which will cover the teaching of three year groups) and one short term placement (lasting about six weeks) in a contrasting school. All trainees are required to gain experience and be assessed in four year groups and both primary key stages.

Part-Time Course Arrangements: The part-time course has a more flexible approach to school placements. For the duration of the two-year course, trainees will spend the equivalent of two days within their placement school. This could be four half days, two full days or a combination of both full and half days. Preferences will be explored as part of the interview process, and the pattern ultimately agreed with the main placement school. The contrasting placement will take place over two short terms on the part-time course.

Additionally, part-time trainees will be required to attend Professional Development sessions every Wednesday afternoon for the entire duration of the course. During the first year, these focus on teaching pedagogy, skills and current aspects of education, followed by the PGCE sessions in year two. The Wednesday afternoon sessions are immovable and a flexible approach cannot be taken with them. Therefore all candidates interested in the part-time course must be available on a Wednesday afternoon for the full two years.

Trainees will also need to attend twilight subject tutor sessions during the two years. These typically take place twice a short term and might involve trainees attending the sessions on a day they would not normally be at their placement school.

Please contact us at traintoteach if you would like to further discuss the arrangements for the part-time course.


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

The course fees for the QTS-only option are currently £6,660 in (2018/19). The 2019-20 QTS-only fees have not yet been confirmed.

The part time course fees will be £4,875 per year, and therefore £9750 over the two years.

Please visit Get Into Teaching for further information.

Fees are paid in three installments during the course of the year.

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.



A standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science and a UK Undergraduate Degree.

We will consider all candidates on their own merits. Please contact us before applying if your qualifications do not meet the criteria above.

If you studied outside of the UK, visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to the above qualifications.

Prior experience in an education/teaching setting is not required but desirable, as you will gain valuable skills and an idea of what a commitment to the teaching profession entails.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who are ambitious, determined and willing to work hard to make a difference to the lives of young people. You will need to be prepared to go the extra mile to secure academic progress for every child whilst playing a role in shaping their resilience and character. You will need to be committed to sharing our vision that great teaching transforms the life opportunities of all students.

You will need a high standard of literacy, numeracy and personal presentation.

At interview candidates will need to discuss their reflections on school visits and/or school-based work experience.

Other requirements

Teach Kent & Sussex and our partner schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment.

To that end, offers to train with us are made on condition of:

  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or equivalent
  • Satisfactory clearance of Prohibited Teachers check
  • Satisfactory clearance of Children’s Barred checklist
  • Satisfactory pre-employment health clearance
  • Identify check and verification of entitlement to work in the UK
  • Receipt of two satisfactory references.

About the training provider

Claremont Primary School is the lead primary school for the SCITT. We are an Outstanding school, which has been designated as a Teaching School and National Support School. We work in partnership with Teach Kent and Sussex.

Teach Kent and Sussex was recently rated OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted. Click here to read the inspection report.

The Ofsted report stated that “The overall effectiveness of this popular and rapidly growing partnership is outstanding. Trainees achieve excellent outcomes because their training course, informed by the most up-to-date research available, is carefully sequenced and expertly led. In addition, well-trained mentors provide trainees with strong support and challenge during their school placements.”

As a Trainee Teacher, you will benefit from being part of a teaching and learning community that prides itself on being ‘A hub of educational excellence and innovation, supporting and valuing everyone’.

By applying through us, you will train in any one of Teach Kent and Sussex’s partner schools.

About the accredited body

Teach Kent & Sussex is an Ofsted Outstanding ITE Partnership dedicated to developing world-class teaching. We are passionate about providing training for teachers that transforms the opportunities young people have. Teachers who have been inspired by high-quality initial teacher training and professional development will inspire our students with their expert knowledge on how children can flourish. Nothing else is as important.

Click here to find out more.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We wish to ensure that every candidate can show their potential to become a great teacher. We work closely with candidates who declare a disability or additional need to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made at interview to ensure that all candidates have an equal chance to show their potential to teach.

If offered a place to train to teach, we will agree with you an independent support plan which is reviewed on a termly or more frequent basis if necessary. This helps to ensure that our provision is the best it can be. Such reviews have shown to be helpful and effective in the past and are an essential part of our provision.

Contact details

01892 531395
Banner Farm Road
Tunbridge Wells


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