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.

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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


Course summary

Over an academic year, trainee 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.”

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 course curriculum expectations or 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 years). Please feel free to contact us at traintoteach if you would like to discuss either the PGCE component or part-time option.

Teach Kent and Sussex also offer two Mathematics specialist courses - ‘Primary with Mathematics’ and ‘7 to 14 Mathematics’. Please email ( if you would like to explore these options and the course requirements.

School placements

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 main placement 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.

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.


i) The Administration Manager will review the Department of Education equivalency tables in order to ascertain an initial equivalence of overseas qualifications. A NARIC comparability statement would be required by successful applicants which they are responsible for obtaining.

ii) If a potential trainee is deemed to have the relevant understanding and knowledge, but does not hold a GCSE qualification (or NARIC recognised equivalent) in either maths, English or science the trainee will undergo equivalency testing as specified by the SCITT strategic director.

Given the complexity of the overseas qualification process we will provide advice and support for potential applicants to support a prompt and accurate assessment of their situation, for equivalency issues related to both qualifications for entry and for financial support.

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.

Other requirements

Teach Kent & Sussex and our partner schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. 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.

Fees and financial support

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

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

The course fees for the QTS-only option are currently £6,910 for the full time (2020/21 ).

Please visit Get Into Teaching for further information.

Fees are paid in three instalments throughout the course of the year for full time.

Fees for international students are to be confirmed. Please email ( to enquire.

Financial support from the training provider

There are no bursaries available for the standard QTS with PGCE course at any UK ITE providers.

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.

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 interview by Senior Mentor or senior member of staff within the partnership.

As part of our 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 the former and instructions will be given in advance for the latter)
  • 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).

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

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 this training provider

01892 531395
Banner Farm Road
Tunbridge Wells

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.

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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