Harris Initial Teacher Education
Geography (2KH7)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time with salary

Accredited body
Harris ITE
Financial support

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Assessment and Accreditation The Harris School Direct programme leads to the award of QTS through Harris Initial Teacher Education (an accredited SCITT provider), with PGCE and Masters Level Credits awarded in partnership with a London university. You will be assessed through a professional portfolio, in which you build evidence of how the standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are being met. Evidence will include observations of your teaching, and written assignments demonstrating a clear understanding of the profession, phase and subject area. Classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme, as your confidence and ability develops. You will also be supported in undertaking two research assignments based on teaching and learning, facilitated by our partner university, to help you to develop a reflective, analytical approach to teaching and build critical research skills. These are equal to 60 Masters Level credits and will form part of your final QTS and PGCE award.

  • Course arrangements and content may be subject to change in line with training partnerships with DfE requirements.


This is a salaried training programme. If you are eligible for a salaried training place the programme fees will be met by the academy.

Interview process

In order to be considered for interview, you should complete a full application and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete a written task relating to your chosen subject area or age phase and attend a formal selection day, as well as teach an introductory lesson. Please be prepared to bring any ID documents or qualification certificates we may request from you.

How school placements work

You will learn on the job with a one-year main placement at one of our brilliant and thriving academies and will benefit from a contrasting experience on second placement. In addition to these placements, you will attend weekly practical training sessions at our central Bermondsey training centre which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and great practice away from the classroom, as well as presenting opportunities for you to interact and network with other trainees from across the Federation.


If you are eligible for a salaried training place the programme fees will be met by the academy. Your salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



GCSE Applicants must have English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above, or equivalent to train in secondary teaching.

DEGREE Applicants should have a good honours degree (2.2 or above) and an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject.

SKILLS TESTS Applicants must achieve a pass in the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests before training begins. For further information please click http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests/>here.

Personal qualities

We’re looking for people who want to become outstanding teachers; people for whom teaching is a passion and who will be relentless in securing academic and aspirational progress for every child. You will need the ability to develop effective relationships with relevant stakeholders: children, parents and carers, colleagues and peers, as well as external agencies. Further essential qualities are outstanding organisation and communication skills, a proactive approach, good interpersonal skills and a commitment to securing the best education for all children. You should also have determination and energy, high standards of literacy, numeracy and personal presentation and excellent subject knowledge.

About the training provider

We offer year-long primary and secondary teacher training programmes to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession through our Harris School Direct programme, offering a strong support network and exciting environment in which to train. We have combined the best elements from a range of training routes to ensure that our beginner teachers leave the course feeling supported, confident and well-prepared.

All our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) and 60 Masters Level credits, giving you access to first class training, invaluable school and classroom practice and learning on the job at a placement in one of our 48+ academies.

Benefit from bespoke weekly training days in Bermondsey with your fellow trainees; tailored subject-specific training days; personalised mentor and team support and a second placement in a contrasting school environment, as well as earning a salary on the job or training bursary, subject to eligibility, as you train.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our training programme is open to everyone who meets the academic criteria. If you have a disability, we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme, if you are offered a place. All candidates that have accepted a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, Harris ITE provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer Employee assistance programme (EAP) services to all Harris employees. To support those with a physical disability, whenever we build new schools within our Federation, we ensure they have full wheelchair access. However, when an existing school joins the network, we have to work with the existing buildings and these can sometimes have limited accessibility. Our placement academies and core training facilities make full use of a range of technologies and specialist equipment.

Contact details

Harris Initial Teacher Education
55 Southwark Park Road
SE16 3TZ


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