Claremont Primary School Primary with mathematics (M212)

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

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
1 year - full time or part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

With us, 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.

We believe it important that every trainee teacher understands what cognitive science tells us about how children learn, retain information in their long-term memory, and develop both academic and life skills. During your time with us, you will develop an understanding of teaching methods that are practical, effective and informed by the best evidence-based research. This will include how effective teachers:

  • structure explanations effectively so that students understand and retain information,
  • question students and offer feedback in order to help them improve, and
  • support pupils, including those with specific or additional needs, towards achieving mastery in all subjects.

The course aims to provide you with the strongest of foundations, so that you have the best possible start to your teaching career. We will support you in completing the course with a strong framework of professional knowledge, having learnt to apply and refine this through your teaching practice throughout the training year.

School placements

During your training year, we ensure that you teach across the full primary age range from 5-11. You will therefore be trained to teach years 1 to 6. We consider that this will give you the strongest start to your teaching career.

You will spend most of your training year in one school (which will cover the teaching of at least three different year groups). In doing so, you will become an integral part of that school community, building a strong relationship with your mentor and other colleagues in the school, as well as the pupils. As your mentor comes to know you, they will be able to more effectively support you throughout the course.

You will also have a short second placement in another school, half-way through the course, before returning to your main placement school to complete your training. In placing a trainee in a school, we consider the individual strengths of each trainee and how they can best match the profiles of the schools, mentor and senior leaders we work with. We also consider the distance a trainee would have to travel and any preference they express at interview about where they would like to train to teach.

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. Candidates need to believe that they, as teachers, can make a difference and help children flourish. They will need to be ambitious for the children they teach and be able to show tenacity at times of challenge. They should be open to learning and reflecting upon how they can develop as a teacher.

Prior experience in an education setting is desirable, but not required.

Other requirements

Primary with Mathematics applicants are also required to have A-Level in Mathematics at Grade B or above.

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 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Most of our trainees use a student loan to pay for their fees. However, some pay privately.

Fees are paid in instalments during the course of the year, usually September, January and April.

Please visit Get Into Teaching for further information.

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)
  • 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

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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