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.

Harris Initial Teacher Education Psychology (X281)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
Harris ITE
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
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
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

Our full-time courses last for one academic year, from September to July. As a trainee teacher, you’ll be based at one of our 52 Harris Federation academies or partner schools, where you’ll learn to teach alongside expert classroom practitioners in an exciting, vibrant environment.

During the course you will spend one day a week at Core Training, based at Harris Academy Bermondsey in South East London. The rest of your time is spent in your school placement. School Direct is an immersive programme where you will be teaching across the year.

The training sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners who will model outstanding planning, teaching and assessment, to support your development as a teacher. You will have lots of opportunities to interact and learn from peers from across subjects and phases.

There are a number of Subject-specific training days as part of the Core Training which includes the following content as a minimum:

There are a number of Subject-specific training days as part of the Core Training which includes the following content as a minimum:

  • The curriculum in psychology at KS4
  • The curriculum in psychology at KS5
  • Links to other curriculum areas in KS3
  • Adaptive Teaching in psychology
  • Lesson Planning in psychology
  • Behaviour for Learning: psychology
  • Questioning/Assessment for Learning in psychology
  • Literacy and Numeracy in psychology
  • Subject pedagogy in psychology

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 Master’s Level Credits awarded in partnership with Kingston University.
  • As a trainee teacher, you will be assessed holistically against the Harris ITE Curriculum, across the training year in both your school-based training and Core Training. By the end of the course, this will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards as required for Qualified Teacher Status.
  • The elements that make up the holistic assessment include: Mentor reports; Evidence bundles; Final QTS Assessment panel presentation; Subject and curriculum knowledge; Attendance and punctuality; Professional behaviours; Mathematics and English proficiencies; and engagement and input in training.
  • The PGCE element of the programme is assessed by: Master’s level assignments; School experience.

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

School placements

In order to ensure a well-rounded School Direct experience, you will undertake two school placements. You will be placed at your main placement academy for the majority of the year.

At your main placement academy, you will have your own personal mentor – an experienced teacher who will oversee the school-based element of your training year. They will support you, be a model of effective practice, observe your practice and meet with you weekly.

You will also benefit from a short second placement at a different Harris academy or partner school. This means you can experience teaching in a contrasting school, to help you to develop your skills in a different context or age-range. We organise this based on a range of criteria to ensure an enriching school experience.

During the course you will spend one day a week at Core Training with your fellow trainees at Harris Initial Teacher Education, largely based at Harris Academy Bermondsey in South East London.

Our Primary courses cover the age range 3-11 and our Secondary courses cover 11-16. This means you will have experience across these age ranges. There are also opportunities for trainees to teach at Key Stage 5, if appropriate to their subject.

When selecting your main school placement academy we take in to consideration the distance from your home, childcare or caring responsibilities, mode of transport and any other pertinent information. Please note, once you have accepted an offer, we are unable to make changes to the main placement academy.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Psychology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

If you are required to complete an equivalent GCSE, you will be responsible for meeting the cost. We recommend:

  • A star equivalency (preferred)

You need to have completed these equivalency examinations and have the results prior to the start of the course (1st September 2022). The minimum grade is equivalent to a grade 4.

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 English, maths and excellent subject knowledge.

Other requirements

Alongside meeting all of the eligibility criteria, and having original certificates of all your qualifications, you must pass the pre-programme checks. These will include an Enhanced DBS Check, Barred List and Prohibition Order checks, and a Medical Questionnaire to assess your fitness to work.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

On this Tuition-Fee route you will be required to pay the fees.

The fees that you are due to pay can be split into three termly payments or they can be paid in full at the start of the academic year.

About the training provider

Our vision is to work with commitment and integrity to engender change and have a positive impact on schools, communities and the teaching profession as a whole.

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. We offer a strong support network and exciting environment in which to train to ensure that our trainee teachers leave the course feeling supported, confident and well-prepared. Our provision has been graded as Outstanding by OFSTED.

All our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and 60 Master’s Level credits. We give you access to first class training, invaluable school and classroom practice and opportunities to learn on-the-job at a placement in one of our 52 academies across the Harris Federation and partner schools. We work in partnership with Kingston University to deliver the PGCE element of our programme.

You will benefit from bespoke weekly Core Training with your fellow trainees; tailored subject-specific training days; personalised mentor and team support and a second placement in a contrasting school environment. You could earn a salary or receive a bursary, subject to eligibility, while you train.

About the accredited body

Harris Initial Teacher Education (Harris ITE) is the accredited training provider and has responsibility for recommending trainees, who successfully complete the programme, for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Interview process

If your application is successful, we will invite you to the first stage of our interview process which will take approximately half a day. This consists of:

  • An interview with Harris ITE Tutors where you will teach a 5-minute starter (that you have planned in advance) and a formal interview where you will answer some questions designed to assess your suitability to train to teach;
  • A group discussion;
  • Two independent written tasks designed to assess your subject/phase knowledge and your understanding of professionalism.

We will also be assessing your English proficiencies and collecting your eligibility documents for verification.

Please be prepared to bring any ID documents and original qualification certificates we request from you.

If you have been successful at first interview, we will organise a visit to your potential placement school where you will be interviewed by the Principal or Senior Leader. When you apply to us, you are applying to the Harris Federation as a central provider, which means we can select your placement academy in discussion with you at first interview stage. We will work with you to agree a suitable placement.

Following a successful second interview, we will make you a formal offer, which you will need to accept to secure your place on the course.

All offers are subject to the satisfactory completion of pre-programme checks including an Enhanced DBS Check, Barred List and Prohibition Order checks, and a Medical Questionnaire to assess your fitness to work.

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

Our training programme is open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria. If you have a disability, we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate and support you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme, if you are offered a place.

All candidates who have accepted a place must complete a pre-commencement medical questionnaire. If this reveals you have a support need, Harris ITE provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for you 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.

The physical health, mental health and wellbeing of our trainees is important to us. Our team are trained as Mental Health first aiders. We incorporate wellbeing sessions throughout our Core Training and offer regular, additional academic writing support as required.

Contact this training provider

Harris Initial Teacher Education
55 Southwark Park Road
SE16 3TZ

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