Developing Teachers, Schools and Academies (DTSA) Primary (2KT2)

PGCE with QTS full time

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

We are currently offering Primary Schools Direct places. For successful applicants DTSA will allocate a place in a school that best meets your needs. Benefits include:

  • The possibility of beginning your teaching career in a school where career progression through ITT, as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and a Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) are well-developed, offering you the opportunity to study for a masters qualification on an established route
  • Well-developed links between schools across the Alliance from all phases allowing you to experience a range of Key stages; Special School experience and Early Years’ experience
  • Local professionally facilitated networking with other DTSA School Direct students; access to a range of local curriculum forums and links with Newly Qualified Teachers training and events DTSA will ensure that each student is allocated an excellent mentor in their host school. Mentors attend regular network meetings to ensure they keep their skills up to date and for them to share good practice. Your relationship with your mentor is key and DTSA will carefully monitor the quality of mentoring including taking feedback from students on the programme. All students will also be allocated a University Link Tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor. Please note that when applying to DTSA School Direct, you are not applying to work at a specific school, your individual training experience will lead to you being deployed in the schools which the Alliance feels will offer you the best possible opportunities to complete your training successfully.

School placements

Please note that when applying to DTSA School Direct, you are not applying to work at a specific school, your individual training experience will lead to you being deployed in the schools which the Alliance feels will offer you the best possible opportunities to complete your training successfully.

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.

Equivalency tests must be taken with to be accepted.

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate potential and show strong commitment, be ambitious, passionate and enthusiastic about teaching You must have the following:

  • A desire to teach and work with young people
  • Effective communication skills
  • A commitment to work hard on the course
  • Determination to succeed
  • A readiness to listen and share
  • A flexible approach to learning and teaching

Other requirements

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 which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Developing Teachers, Schools and Academies (DTSA) offers Primary and Secondary School Direct places (with Chellaston Academy) for courses beginning in September every academic year. We are working in partnership with The University of Derby to deliver high quality training for all students. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded by the University of Derby. Our particular specialisms are to train teachers for Derby and Derbyshire; to provide an understanding of STEM subjects; and to provide good levels of student support, both academically and practically.

Interview process

Below you will find a detailed programme explaining what will happen on the interview day.

Candidates arrive and receive PowerPoint presentation about the course Basic Skills Test in Numeracy and Literacy Group interview
Candidates deliver child activity (teaching) One to One Interview Candidates do mini discussion/admin/test feedback

Children activity: To prepare and deliver a 20min activity of your choice for x6 Year 3 and Year 4 children that will motivate discussion and develop speaking, listening and literacy skills.

Please note you will be required to provide a lesson plan

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

Our facilities provide full disabled access as do many of the schools in the partnership. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

PO Box 8540
DE65 9EL

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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