Pen Green Centre for Children and Their Families
Primary (3CT3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Trainees are immersed in the school environment right from the outset. Every trainee is carefully matched to a class in their ‘home school’ where they work and train for most of the year, becoming a valued member of the school team.

The core training is facilitated through five study weeks, giving an immersive learning experience during taught sessions. During the study weeks, some sessions will be facilitated by guest speakers and school visits.

Themes covered include:

  • Forming a Learning Community
  • Reflective Practice
  • Beliefs and Values
  • Underpinning Theory about how Children Learn
  • Adult Pedagogic Strategies
  • Safeguarding
  • A Teacher’s Legal Responsibilities
  • Involving Parents in their Children’s Learning
  • Children’s Progress in Learning over time: Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Subject Knowledge for Teaching
  • Children’s Literacy Learning with a Focus on Phonics
  • The Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science
  • The Foundation Subjects
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Multilingual Childhoods
  • Teachers as Researchers

QTS assessment is via a portfolio of evidence, gathered across the year.

Trainees working towards a PGCE undertake a series of three academic assignments, worth 20 credits each, throughout the year. These assignments are based on trainees’ developing teaching practice and trainees are often able to base their assignments on information gathered for their QTS portfolio. The PGCE is accredited by Birmingham City University who provide two days of teaching and a tutorial day for each assignment.

Interview process

The interview process seeks to ascertain the strength of the applicant’s skill set and depth of understanding of the role and responsibilities of a teacher.

Applicants will be required to:

  • Attend Pen Green Research Base or a Partner School for one full working day
  • Spend time in a classroom/nursery space
  • Deliver a 2 - 5 minute presentation
  • Participate in a group discussion
  • Carry out a teaching and learning activity with a small group of children
  • Undertake a short written task reflecting on the teaching activity
  • Participate in a formal interview

How school placements work

Each trainee is carefully matched to a ‘home school’ during their training year. The trainees will be placed in either EYFS or Key Stage 1. In the Spring Term, all trainees are given the opportunity to experience a placement with an alternate age phase in a different school, after which the trainees return to their ‘home school’ for the remainder of the programme.

The trainee is linked with a school based tutor (SBT) who is their mentor and guide for the year. The SBT works closely with the trainee in school on a daily basis: carrying out lesson observations, setting training targets and helping to organise in-school training opportunities to enhance and develop the trainee’s practice.

As a Teaching School we have strong partnerships with Maintained Nursery Schools, small village Primary Schools, Academies and Special Provisions across Northamptonshire. The school placements are arranged by Pen Green tutors and our partner schools. Each new partner school is visited prior to placing a trainee to ensure the school will approach the training year in accordance with Pen Green’s aims for the training programme.

Pen Green tutors are thoughtful of the travel distance whilst placing a trainee to a ‘home school’ and will endeavour to arrange placements near a trainee’s home town. However, there will be instances where trainees will have to travel further afield to their school placements.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

(Please note, current course costs may be subject to change in 2020)

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • Bachelors’ Degree with Honours or equivalent
  • GCSEs or equivalent, grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science


  • A commitment to teaching as a career
  • Understanding of early years and primary education
  • Understanding of the role of the early years and primary teacher
  • An understanding of the rigour required to study at Masters Level
  • Clear and accurate written and verbal communication
  • ICT confidence and competency

Personal qualities

  • Work on own initiative and manage workload
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with people from a diverse society
  • Build relationships with children that promote learning
  • Interests and talents that will enhance children’s learning experiences

Other requirements

  • Clear criminal record
  • The right to train in the UK

A full career history accounting for any gaps in employment will be required if you are invited to interview and references will be followed up for safeguarding purposes.

Successful applicants must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure and Barring Service check.

About the training provider

The Pen Green Teaching School works alongside the Integrated Children’s Centre, Nursery School and Research, Development and Training Base. Our vision is to inspire and challenge trainee teachers to become reflective, innovative and resilient teachers.

Pen Green Nursery School has been consistently judged Outstanding by Ofsted and in 2018 was awarded ‘Overall School of the Year’ and ‘Early Years Provision of the Year’ by the Times Educational Supplement.

Our Initial Teacher Training provides successful trainees Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for Primary and enables our trainees to focus on the 3 - 7 years age group. Pen Green offer both Salaried and Tuition Fee funded routes with or without a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE).

About the accredited body

The Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership is an established primary teacher training provider in Milton Keynes with 17 years’ experience leading initial teacher training. As part of the Milton Keynes Teaching School Alliance, Two Mile Ash provide CPD for teachers throughout their career, which gives the ITT team added expertise to bring to the trainees’ learning journey.

Birmingham City University accredits both the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Training with disabilities and other needs

We encourage potential applicants with disabilities, or other additional needs, to visit the Partnership and discuss any programme adjustments that might be deemed reasonable. All efforts will be made to support an individual’s needs.

Trainees are invited to complete a self-assessment checklist at interview or induction. If their score indicates they may have additional needs, or they already have a needs assessment in place, then they will be given the opportunity to be assessed by a qualified specialist teacher who may make recommendations.

Following this, the student, school based tutor, and lead tutor will put in place a mutually agreed Study Needs Agreement outlining what the student & teaching team will do to support their study and meet their needs.

Students with a declared disability may be eligible for additional financial support through the student loans company. Eligibility may be assessed via a Disabled Students’ Allowance assessment centre.

Pen Green Research, Training and Development Base has level access and the majority of teaching takes place on the ground floor. The café area is on the ground floor. There is a lift giving access to the upstairs library and tutors’ office.

Contact details

Rockingham Road
NN17 1AG


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