Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT Primary (3FHS)

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

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
2 years - part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The CTSN primary training programme covers the effective teaching of all National Curriculum subjects along with the development of the key skills of managing behaviour effectively, adapting teaching to the needs of all pupils, making productive use of assessment and promoting good progress by setting high standards.

The course is designed and taught by practising teachers who are able to guide our trainees to a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum. Trainees attend a pre-course induction day in July and a seven day induction in September. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in their host schools from the very beginning. Trainees spend one and a half days a week in school and one day a week at core training in their first year and two and a half days a week in school in their second year. Trainees can choose one of our two cohorts with core training days based either at Trumpington Park Primary School in Cambridge or Abbots Green Primary School in Bury St Edmunds. Some training days are also held in other partnership schools.

Each trainee is assigned an experienced mentor in each placement school and a Senior Tutor who will support and guide them through their professional development. Throughout the year trainees complete directed tasks and two Evidence Bundles which are presented to the Senior Tutor. The course leads to the award of QTS and also a PGCE (provided by Anglia Ruskin University).

School placements

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home address. Every trainee undertaking teacher training must teach in at least two different schools or settings. Candidates are asked at interview their preference of key stage for their first placement and may chose KS1 or KS2. You will spend the first year (1.5 days per week) in one school with an additional day each week at core training and the second year in a contrasting school (2.5 days per week) of which six half days per term for the first two terms will be devoted to your PGCE with Anglia Ruskin University. This will allow you to build significant relationships in this extended placement, which would last for the entirety of the second year of the part time course.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbots Green Academy
18 Airfield Road, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7PJ
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Avenue, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9EG

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that children in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality. Candidates should be good communicators with a willingness to learn and potential to become engaging, reflective practitioners. It is helpful for candidates to have some experience of working or volunteering in schools to develop their understanding of the role of a teacher.

Other requirements

We do not accept Level 2 qualifications in Numeracy and Literacy as equivalencies.

In addition to the GCSE English requirement, if English is not your first language, the IELTS Academic test (International English Language Testing System, Academic Test) with overall score of 6.5 is also required. Please note that IELTS Academic certificates are valid for 2 years.

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above (or overseas equivalent confirmed by ENIC UK).

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £11,000.

£5,500 per year (total fee £11,000), often covered with a student loan. You might also qualify for a means tested maintenance loan, depending on any income from part time employment during your training year. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

About the training provider

The Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT offers school-led, research engaged teacher training across Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk and Essex:

  • All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.
  • There is a wide range of placement schools across Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk and Essex.
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS. We have been providing school based initial teacher training for many years with training hubs in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. Choosing to train with CTSN will introduce you to a network of training and support that might well continue way beyond your initial teacher training.

Please see CTSN SCITT for more information.

About the accredited body

The Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region.

Please see CTSN SCITT for more information.

Interview process

You will be asked to an interview at one of our partnership schools. The interview will be hosted by a CTSN SCITT Recruitment Tutor and a senior teacher from the partnership school. You will be asked to prepare a short presentation to discuss with the interviewers. We would like you to bring a children’s book of your choice to read to the class. In addition, there will be a written task to assess your English skills.

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

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website. All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN SCITT will endeavour to make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact this training provider

01223 262503 x223
Comberton Village College
West Street
CB23 7DU

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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