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Upton Meadows Primary School Primary (G822)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Northampton
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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Upton Meadows Primary School Alliance works in partnership with the University of Northampton.

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 contrasting schools to give the candidates a variety of experience in schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or recognised equivalent) and the classification should be a 2:2 or above. You will need to have GCSE passes at grade C/4 in English language, mathematics and science, or recognised equivalent.* 

  • If you are considering taking a GCSE equivalency test please contact Admissions for advice prior to your application.

You will benefit from having experience of working / volunteering in a school.



Fees and financial support

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.

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

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