Upton Meadows Primary School Primary (5-11) (2XHD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northampton
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The Upton Meadows Primary School Alliance has successfully worked in Partnership with the University of Northampton for six years providing high quality teacher training. This programme will develop highly employable and reflective teachers capable of transforming lives, and inspiring and leading change in schools.

Throughout the PGCE Primary programme you will be enhancing your subject and pedagogic knowledge in order to become a creative, dynamic and innovative teacher. Overall there are five modules; three placement modules and two modules at Level 7. The two modules at Level 7 are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies. These are taught at our purpose built Waterside Campus by experienced and expert tutors and address the ITT Core Content Framework, National Curriculum coverage and national priorities in primary education. Over the year, there are blocks of centre-based Learning Events and three school-based training experiences (placements). There are two assignments, which are linked to the Level 7 modules.

The University of Northampton has an extensive School Experience Library which is an excellent resource offered specifically to trainee teachers to enhance their classroom practice.

School placements

Successful candidates will have three placements in schools over the Year. They will complete placement 1 and 3 in their preferred Key Stage and the shorter placement 2 in their alternative Key Stage. Upton Meadows will arrange for these placements to be in different schools across the NPAT trust to give the candidates a variety of school experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

This will be agreed with admissions at the University.

Fees and financial support

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

Fees are paid to the University of Northampton see website for details.

There will be additional costs for travel to placements, optional visits within modules, and paper based materials for recording and storage of evidence.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial support would need to be discussed with the University of Northampton.

About the training provider

Upton Meadows Primary School is the lead school working in partnership with NPAT schools across Northampton. We work in partnership with the University of Northampton to offer Schools Direct Initial Teacher Training and to ensure that you leave us well equipped to embark upon your career in the classroom. The schools in our alliance offer a diverse range of experiences.

We ensure you are fully supported to get QTS. Our School Direct training course is ideal for trainees who are looking for hands-on in-school training, learning from teachers who deliver lessons every day, as well as pedagogy and theory from the University of Northampton. We have a good record of employment with our trainees, many of whom go on to gain employment within our alliance.

Interview process

Interviews are held at the University of Northampton and if candidates are successful they will be invited for a further interview at Upton Meadows Primary School. During this interview process the candidates will be observed working with children.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

The Upton Meadows Primary School alliance and the University of Northampton are able to provide support for candidates with additional needs and disabilities.

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Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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