Nottingham Catholic Initial Teacher Training Partnership Primary (3C7L)

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

Accredited body
University of Derby
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
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Schools available:

  • Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy , Alfreton, DE55 7EN
  • English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy, Long Eaton, NG10 4DA
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Voluntary Academy, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 0JE
  • St Alban’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby, DE21 6NU
  • St Anne’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Buxton, SK17 7AN
  • St Charles Catholic Voluntary Academy, Hadfield, SK13 1PJ
  • St Edward’s Catholic Academy, Swadlincote, DE11 0BD
  • St Elizabeth’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Belper, DE56 2JD
  • St George’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby, DE23 1GG
  • St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby, DE24 0PA
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby, DE23 6SB
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Matlock, DE4 3FT
  • St Margaret’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Gamesley, SK13 6JH
  • St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby, DE22 1AU
  • St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Glossop, SK13 8NE
  • St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Marple Bridge, SK6 5BR
  • St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, New Mills, SK22 3BL
  • St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy, Glossop, SK13 8DR
  • St Thomas Catholic Voluntary Academy, Ilkeston, DE7 4LF
  • The Priory Catholic Voluntary Academy, Eastwood, NG16 3GT

Study options - Full-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee - £9,250 per year (2018/19)

Course level - Postgraduate

Qualification - PGCE

Start date - September

Location - Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

How you will learn You will spend most of your time learning how to teach in schools linked to our network of partner schools. Located across the Midlands, they will work together in clusters to support you on placement. The placements and enhanced school opportunities will provide you with challenging and exciting experiences.

You’ll also spend time at the University of Derby, working in their excellent facilities with University and school-based tutors, in order to develop your growing understanding of what it takes to become a great teacher.

How you’re assessed All assessments relate to your school placements; you will complete three assessed teaching placements, two in your main school and one in a second school, and additional enhanced school opportunities, which will provide you with the challenging and exciting experience you need. There will be in-depth teacher enquiry on school-based issues.

You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss your developing subject knowledge of the core and wider curriculum subjects, as well as developing your skills in research-informed practice.

School placements

With the support of your mentor and link tutor, you will undertake two assessed school experiences as well as shorter school experiences.

For ‘Professional Practice: Becoming a Teacher’ you will observe experienced practitioners in the classroom, teach alongside your mentor and begin to take responsibility for the class as a whole. You will put into practice the skills of planning, delivery and assessment that you cover in your University-based training. You will also gain the wider professional skills demanded of a teacher such as dealing with parents, contributing to after-school activities and planning school trips.

For ‘Professional Practice: Aiming for Excellence’ you will be placed at a different school or setting, with the opportunity to work with children from another age group. At first, you will be given time to observe other teachers and get to know your class. You can then expect to progress more quickly to taking fuller responsibility for the class.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alliance Primary Schools
Nottingham Catholic Initial Teacher Training Partnership, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QY
Christ the King Primary (Derbyshire)
Firs Ave, , Alfreton , Derbyshire, DE55 7EN
Holy Cross Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy
Leen Mills Lane, Hucknall, Nottingham, NG15 8BZ
Saint Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy
Rsoemary Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 6AA
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School
Newstead Avenue,, Chaddesden, Derby, DE21 6NU
St Anne’s CVA Primary, Buxton (Derbyshire)
Lightwood Rd, , Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 7AN
St Charles Catholic Primary School, Measham
Bosworth Road,, Measham, Derbyshire, DE12 7LQ
St Edward’s Catholic Academy, Swadlincote
Newhall Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0BD
St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy (Derby)
Mill Hill Lane, , Derby,, Derbyshire,, DE23 6SB

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

These must be from an approved University of Derby provider

Other requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.

To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Pease note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

School Direct trainees are responsible for paying their own training fees. Please contact Student Finance UK for further details.

About the training provider

We are delighted that you are considering training with our partnership and we would really like you to apply to join us. Providing a high level of care and support for our trainees is part of our ethos. Our places are open to all applicants who share our values and are passionate about supporting the learning of our students.

Our partnership is founded on the principle of collaboration and an absolute belief that by working together we can improve outcomes for all students in all of our schools. Our schools have a long record of partnership with our Higher Education partners in helping to train teachers. School Direct gives us the chance to select and train our own outstanding teachers of the future.

If you choose to train with us you can expect:

  • successful trainees will obtain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by the end of the programme
  • a programme that gives you four days a week in school and one day a week at University
  • the chance to observe and work with outstanding teachers
  • outstanding mentoring from an experienced and trained mentor
  • a bespoke programme of support sessions
  • a comprehensive induction programme
  • a second school placement in a contrasting school

We are working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, University of Leicester, University of Derby and Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

We are committed to identifying, training and developing outstanding teachers of the future.

About the accredited body

The University of Derby has a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.

Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our teacher training courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout.

At Derby, you’ll discover exciting teacher training courses which will prepare you to teach the age group of your choice, we offer a choice to suit you.

Interview process

When applying, we will contact you to ask which school you are interested in training at. If you can’t see the location listed for the school you wish to train at, please contact us and we will provide you with the details.

Interviews are currently taking place remotely online.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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 coordinate support and access arrangements for disabled applicants with specific learning difficulties. We work with academic staff, Universities and external agencies to meet individual access requirements.

Our commitment is to ensure that everybody has an equal opportunity to become an active part of school life irrelevant of their needs.

The Teaching School is committed to equality and aims to comply with the Equality Act (2010).

Contact this training provider

0115 982 4280
The Becket Way
Wilford Lane
West Bridgford

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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