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Derby Teaching Schools Alliance 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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

  • Honours degree: a UK undergraduate degree or a recognized equivalent qualification
  • A GCSE grade 4 or C or above in English, Science and Mathematics or a recognized equivalent qualification
  • A reference submitted with your application All places offered are contingent on successful applicants also meeting the ‘suitability’ (DBS) and ‘fitness to teach’ (mental and physical health) requirements. If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website for a statement of Comparison.

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 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Derby Teaching School Alliance 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.

About the accredited body

What will you study

  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy 1
  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy 2
  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy 3
  • Theories of Learning and Teaching: The Pupil as Learner
  • Developing Teacher Enquiry: Research Informed Practice

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

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

Chellaston Academy
Swarkestone Road
DE73 5UB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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