North East Schools Teaching Alliance Geography (2J3G)

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

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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. 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 applicants require an A Level in the subject & to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course by 1st September.

Your degree subject should be in geography or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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 & 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 2023 to 2024 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 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 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

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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