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Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance - Whitburn Church of England Academy History (2HJJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Durham SCITT
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course is full time and runs from September until the beginning of July. Your Professional Tutor and Subject Mentor in your first placement school will provide a week-by-week guide, which will be followed throughout the year.

The course is made up of General Professional Study sessions, the Subject Specialism Programme and PGCE modules. It will also involve two teaching placements; the first runs from the beginning of September until the final week of December. The second placement runs from the middle of January until Easter. Following that, trainees return to their first placement school for the final term. There will also be enhancement programme which has been put together to provide trainees a range of experiences. By completing the visits, the trainees will gain a better understanding of a range of educational settings.

All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements, and through a series of three short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted three times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first two submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.

The PGCE is accredited by University of Sunderland and is assessed through two written assignments. The two PGCE training modules will be held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe.

If a trainee does not meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, but has passed the two PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme. (

School placements

Placement schools are selected not only based in relation to a trainee’s home location, but also on our judgments of how a trainee would fit into their subject department within each school. Whilst we try to keep, travelling to a minimum this is dependent on the location of a trainee’s home address and small travel bursaries are available for those trainees not in receipt of a DfE training bursary. (

We ensure that all trainees have the opportunity to experience teaching up to and including A level / post 16 courses. Our placement schools all share the same vision and expectations for their students and whilst trainees will experience the differences between settings, our quality assurance processes ensure that trainees get the same high quality support in each placement.

Placement A runs from September to January and Again from March to July. Placement B runs from mid-January to March.

Whitburn Church of England Academy – South Tyneside (

Newcastle High School For Girls – Newcastle (

St Hild’s Church of England Secondary School – Hartlepool (

Venerable Bede Church of England Academy – Sunderland (


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site - Whitburn Church of England Academy
Whitburn, Sunderland, SR6 7EF
Newcastle High School for Girls
Tankerville Terrace, Newcastle, NE2 3BA
Venerable Bede Church of England Academy
Tunstall Bank, Sunderland, SR2 0SX

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum of a grade 4 or above GCSE in Math’s and English, or equivalent. A degree in which at least 50% was related to the course in which you would like to study plus a level 3 qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. A-level). Degrees we would consider relevant to teach History are History, Politics and Archaeology.

Please review (

Personal qualities

You will be required to submit a written personal statement, explaining why you would like to be a teacher and what you would bring to the profession. PBTSA are happy to offer help and support with writing personal statements. Contact If you would access this service. Skills & qualities:

  • Organised
  • Resilient
  • Willing to reflect and learn
  • Committed to improving the life chances for young people

Other requirements

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides employers and other authorised organisations with details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, police reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer.
Suitable overseas conviction assessment (if applicable) Verification of identity, qualifications, medical fitness Before being accepted onto the course, trainee teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be asked to complete a confidential self-certified Health questionnaire, and if appropriate, an Occupational Health Advisor may request to see you for a more formal medical examination. Evidence of a satisfactory attendance record in previous employment or training

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

The fees for our school direct programme are £9,250 There are a range of subject specific bursaries and funding, which may be available to help cover training fees and living costs. (

About the training provider

Whitburn Church of England Academy is the lead secondary school in the Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance. (


We provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Durham SCITT (School Centre Initial Teacher Training), an OFSTED Outstanding ITT Provider.

Whitburn Church of England Academy and its partner schools work closely with Durham SCITT to provide outstanding support for teachers at the start of their careers. We have extensive experience in providing exceptional training and development opportunities for our trainees.


Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance, designated in 2014, is a unique partnership between secondary and primary schools, working with young people aged 3-19 years. This unique cross-phase teaching school of which there are, at present seven strategic partners, offers our trainees greater opportunity to experience a wide range of educational settings.

Together with our partner schools we are growing our teacher training programme within secondary schools across the North East of England.

We actively encourage applicants, and those interested in teaching, to apply to our unique school volunteering programme. This offers potential applicants the chance to meet experienced staff and present trainees as well as receiving advice to enhance their UCAS application and guide them through the process of application and selection.

About the accredited body

Durham SCITT is an OFSTED Outstanding ITT Provider. They have grown and developed new partnerships, embracing the challenge of training teachers for the 21st century. High quality trainees, impressive employment rates and effective partnerships with schools. (

PBTSA / Durham SCITT trainees receive high quality GPS sessions and Subject Specialist training. This ensures they are fully prepared and supported as they train in their ‘home’ schools.

SCITT has been training teachers in the northeast since 2005. All Durham SCITT trainees have access to their purpose built learning centre in Newton Aycliffe

Interview process

The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether we should invite you for interview. It is, therefore, important to include all the relevant information on the form to help us make this decision. If you are invited to interview and have a disability, please let the Teaching School Manager know in advance if there are any special arrangements that should be made for the interview process, for example large print copies of documentation, additional time for reading or wheelchair access to the interview rooms. On your interview, you will have a series of tasks that replicate the typical activities of a trainee and assess your suitability to train. One of these tasks is to deliver a mini lesson to Key Stage 3 students. You will be sent information about a 25-minute min and will need to plan and deliver the lesson whilst being observed by experienced teachers. You will also have a creative task and be interviewed by a staff and pupil panel. These will assess your motivations for wanting to teach in your chosen subject area and your suitability to work with young people. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. All those called for interview will be provided with detailed feedback.
You will be sent information about a subject specific teaching task together with information about the subject and year group.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance have an inclusive approach to all trainee teachers and their learning needs, offering additional support throughout the year, should it be required

Contact this training provider

Whitburn Church of England Academy
Tyne & Wear

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