North East Schools Teaching Alliance English (2J35)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

See information about our organisation.

Contact Nicki Smith for further details / to arrange a visit.

School placements

Trainees will usually be placed in Nunthorpe Academy or Rye Hills Academy. Training will focus on KS3 and 4, although we are able to offer KS5 experience as well.

Trainees will have a main placement (Autumn Term); a short second placement (half a term) and a third placement (which will be back at their original school). The second placement will be a contrasting place at a local school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Where the degree is not in the chosen subject or is in a related subject the applicant must have an A Level in the subject & complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course by 1st September.

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.

We accept equivalency tests via There is an Exam only route or a Tuition & Exam route. Costs must be covered by the applicant.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who have a PASSION for working with young people and their subject; a PERSONALITY to inspire and motivate & the POTENTIAL to be an outstanding classroom practitioner.

RESILIENCE & a POSITIVE approach to life and the challenges of teaching are also essential.

Classroom experience is very desirable.

Other requirements

Standards of literacy & numeracy will be checked as part of the course. Intervention will be provided if required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Tuition fees £9,250.

Bursary available.

Student Finance may be available (T&Cs apply).

About the training provider

The North East Schools Teaching Alliance offers School Direct Primary and Secondary ITT places. The Secondary subjects include English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, MFL (German, French, Spanish), Art and Design and Design Technology. We aim to recruit up to 20 trainees - 10 Primary and 10 Secondary. We work in partnership with Northumbria University and the course leads to QTS and PGCE qualifications.

Trainees must have GCSEs at Grade C / Level 4 in English and Maths for Primary and Secondary teaching. Primary trainees also need Grade C / Level 4 in Science. Trainees also need an Honours degree preferably in the subject they wish to teach (if this is in the Secondary phase). If your degree is not in the subject you wish to teach you must have an A Level in that subject as a minimum qualification and complete an 8 week Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. 3rd class degrees are not acceptable.

We are a small provider who offer excellent support and guidance throughout the training year and beyond. We have an excellent record of trainees completing and passing the course and gaining NQT positions, often within the Alliance.

If you are interested in this course please contact Nicki Smith who will invite you into the Alliance base at Nunthorpe Academy for a chat about your next steps to becoming a qualified teacher.

About the accredited body

Our accrediting body is Northumbria University who deliver some of the Friday training sessions. The majority of these will be conducted remotely with only a couple of sessions taking place at Northumbria University’s Coach Lane Campus. The University provide excellent training and support - they lead on the PGCSE element of the course which entails trainees completing 3 assignments. One is an essay, one a piece of action research written up as a Power Point presentation and one is a collection of evidence to show that the Teachers Standards have been met.

Interview process

The interview will consist of:

  • a welcome;
  • a tour of the academy;
  • time spent supporting in a classroom
  • a formal interview with a panel of approx. 3.

Candidates will be required to pre plan and resource a lesson on a topic of their choice for a year group of their choice. This should outline what students will learn, what they will do, how you would challenge the higher and lower ability students and how you would check learning at the end. This plan will be discussed with the interview panel - it will NOT be taught to students.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the interview promptly.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We would be delighted to consider applicants with disabilities and other needs. Please contact Nicki Smith if you wish to discuss this further.

Contact this training provider

01642 310561 ext. 1048
Nunthorpe Academy
Guisborough Road

Support and advice

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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).

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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