Pimlico Academy Primary (3946)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
The Pimlico-London SCITT
Financial support

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This is a suitable route for graduates with some classroom experience. This classroom experience could have been gained as a Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, unqualified teacher, or similar classroom-based role in a school, and we only consider graduates with this type of experience for this route.

This route is available for those who wish to teach at Primary or secondary level, and is offered in a range of secondary subjects.

You will train for one year and gain QTS and the PGCE, and will be employed by your school for at least twelve months. You could be teaching up to 21 lessons from the start of September, and could be asked to take on additional duties such as attending parents’ evenings, or doing break duty.

As with the tuition fee route, you will have a mentor in your school to guide and support you with your development as a trainee teacher.

For more information: https://www.futuretraining.org/page/?title=Routes+On+offer&pid=14

School placements

The Pimlico London SCITT is part of Future Academies, a family of schools which has built a reputation for achieving the highest standards for all its pupils. We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a host school throughout the year. To supplement this, trainee teachers will also participate in three focused placements. Trainee teachers do a three week placement in the second term, which will offer them a contrasting experience within our network of excellent schools. This network includes many independent, grammar and specialist schools.

Furthermore, trainee teachers will also benefit from a week’s placement in a primary (for secondary trainees), or a secondary (for primary trainees). They will also gain experience within the Tri Borough Alternative Provision.

Interview process

Interviews will be conducted by telephone conferencing. This will usually be with two members of the SCITT team, and you will be sent a link to this meeting on the day.

Pre-interview Tasks

You will be asked to complete a series of tasks before the interview and send to us by email before the interview. This includes a short essay on what makes great teaching and a lesson plan document you will be asked to complete based on a set learning objective.

We will provide more details about the interview when we confirm this with you.

What will happen on the day of the interview?

The video Interview

The interview will last around 25-30 minutes.

We will ask you a series of questions about why you have chosen teaching as a career, and why you have chosen our route and us as a provider. There will also be the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have.

Subject-Knowledge Task

After the interview we will ask you to complete a subject-knowledge task. This will be a past paper GCSE-level question, for which no preparation is required.

Before the course

In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course:

  • Provide proof of all qualifications
  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before starting the course
  • Undergo an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.


There is no tuition fee to pay for this route as this is covered through the apprenticeship levy in your employing school.

You will receive a salary on the unqualified teacher pay scale that is agreed with your employing school. The amount will vary depending on your duties, the number of lessons you will be teaching and the location of your school.

You can find out more about teacher salaries here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/teachers-salary-and-teaching-benefits

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a government bursary if you are applying to teach one of our secondary subjects. We also provide a highly-competitive bursary of £38,000 to exceptional candidates, which includes the payment of your £9,000 tuition fee. To apply for this route, you must send a CV and covering letter to info@futuretraining.org, in addition to applying through UCAS. We also can provide some candidates with accommodation at discounted rates.



  • A UK honours degree classed at 2:1 or above, or a recognised international equivalent. For secondary programmes, this must be relevant to the subject you are applying to train to teach in.
  • Excellent GCSE and A Level qualifications (all GCSE and A Level equivalent qualifications should be put on your application).
  • If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) prior to your application.

Applicants who do not need these requirements are urged to seek our advice before applying, to check they are eligible.

Personal qualities

We also assess applicants against the following qualities in their preliminary applications and interviews:

  • A strong academic record and passion for your subject
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.
  • The enthusiasm required to work with the children

Applicants also need experience gained from working in the classroom.

Other requirements

In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course, you will need to:

  • Have undergone an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • Have undergone an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.

About the training provider

Future Training at the Pimlico-London SCITT is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and sets a new standard in school-based teacher training and mentoring. The Pimlico London SCITT is part of Future Academies, a small family of schools in London and Hertfordshire. Our motto is libertas per cultum (freedom through education) and we have the highest expectations of our students and what they can achieve. We are committed to providing all students with a rigorous education in a well-disciplined but caring environment that will help them to compete on a level playing field with their more advantaged peers.

Throughout your training with us you will:

  • Receive weekly training from expert teachers.
  • Take guidance from carefully selected subject-specialist mentors who are trained in identifying specific, actionable feedback that will move your practice forwards.
  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Training with disabilities and other needs

The needs of the candidates will be taken into account at interview. Trainee teachers benefit from a mentor who leads their support throughout their training.

The central SCITT team meets with trainee teachers weekly through our Professional Studies programme. This allows us to regularly update our risk assessment of the trainee teacher and adapt the course accordingly. For the right candidate(s), we may also be able to support part-time. This would be discussed at the interview stage.

Contact details

Lupus Street


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