i2i Teaching Partnership Music (2XM2)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The i2i Teaching Partnership offers a one-year programme that will support you to achieve both your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and your Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Our supportive programme is delivered by expert practitioners, and is underpinned by the latest educational research. It will allow you to develop as a successful teacher by focusing on 7 key areas:

  • Teacher Expectations and Behaviour for Learning
  • Planning and Pedagogy
  • Subject Knowledge
  • Supporting all learners to succeed
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Professional Behaviours

Your skills as a teacher develop through your centre-based training and your school placement. Centre-based training involves spending one day per week on your Professional Studies with your fellow trainees, alongside specific Subject Studies days.

You will spend four days a week in your main placement school where you will be:

  • part of the school community from the very start
  • assigned a skilled and knowledgeable Subject Mentor to support and guide you
  • introduced to the practice of teaching in a structured way, building up your teaching experience and timetable at a pace that matches your individual progress.

In addition to your main placement you will have:

  • A six week second placement
  • experiences in Primary, KS5 and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) settings
  • experience of a Pupil Referral Unit

These will give you the opportunity to extend your practice and understand a wide variety of educational providers.

We have a multi-layered approach to ensuring that you are supported as an individual to develop into the best teacher you can be through your:

  • Link Tutor
  • Professional Mentor
  • Pastoral Tutor
  • Individual Care Plan (if appropriate)
  • Individual Support Plan

We use continuous assessment throughout the year to ensure that you are on track to be awarded your QTS. Mentors feedforward on your development in the classroom, with your own electronic Portfolio providing an overview of your progress.

The PCGE goes hand-in-hand with your training towards QTS. It is assessed through three written assessments spaced throughout the course.

By engaging with both educational theory and practice, we aim to develop your identities as creative and reflective practitioners, collaborative colleagues and professional teachers.

At the end of the year, you will have been supported through the application and interview process to secure your first teaching position.

For further information please click here to visit the i2i website

School placements

The i2i partnership consists of 26 highly successful secondary schools around Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, all committed to providing outstanding teacher training.

Placing trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:

  • Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a trainee in a particular subject (please note this may not be the most local school to you)
  • Selecting a Mentor who will be the best fit for the trainee
  • Establishing at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport.

We do not expect trainees to travel for longer than 45 minutes each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 - 40 minutes and we always do our best to accommodate trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them.

Trainees will spend the first term in their main placement school. After Christmas, trainees will be given a six-week contrasting second placement until the February half term, after which they will return to their main placement school.

All of our Initial Teacher Training courses teach the age range 11-16 so every trainee will get an exposure to teaching Key Stages 3 and 4.

In addition to your main placement you will have:

  • A six week second placement
  • experiences in Primary, KS5 and in a SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) settings
  • experience of a Pupil Referral Unit

These will give you the opportunity to extend your practice and understand a wide variety of educational providers.

All our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young children. We expect all staff and trainees to share responsibility for this.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Reigate School Training Hub
Pendleton Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7NT
Weydon School Training Hub
Weydon School, Weydon Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8UG

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

We ideally look for candidates with a degree subject that matches, or is closely related to Music. We will, however, consider applications from candidates without a related degree if they can demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge and expertise, either through work or through A’ Level subjects or further studies.

Your degree subject should be in music or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

If you are enthusiastic and determined, and aspire to become an excellent teacher then we would love to hear from you. We look for the following personal qualities:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • A passion for your subject
  • An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
  • A positive outlook and resilient nature
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities
  • A passion and drive for delivering first class education.

Other requirements

All Trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check.

All Trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigours of the teaching profession.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The i2i Teaching Partnership is an alliance of highly successful secondary schools across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire delivering a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme leading to both QTS and PGCE.

Our supportive programme provides high quality school-led and centre-based training delivered by expert practitioners and underpinned by the latest educational research. It will allow you to develop as creative and reflective practitioners, collaborative colleagues and professional teachers who care for and nurture the learners they teach.

Our programme will immerse you in a school setting right from the start, with expert Mentors to guide and support you.

Our broad network of partnership schools present exciting, varied training possibilities, including six schools with a sixth form, two special needs schools, and two training hubs; Weydon School in Farnham and Reigate School in Reigate.

At i2i we feel that it is not just about “what” we do, but also “why” we do it. Our vision for training teachers is about ensuring that the education system in our community has highly skilled teachers who can support the progress, love of lifelong learning and life chances of all the young people they work with.

By supporting you in your training year, and beyond, we know that you will help us achieve this vision and transform the lives of the next generation.

We are proud of our supportive approach and strong reputation, and invite you to visit our website to learn more about what we believe is a truly exceptional programme.

Interview process

Once we receive your application, successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview. The interview will be held at the ii2 training hub at Weydon School in Farnham and is of half a day’s duration.

The interview will consist of:

  • A short literacy test
  • A lesson observation
  • A 20 minute practical activity with a small group of children
  • An interview with the i2i SCITT Directors
  • Coffee and chat with a current Trainee

You will be asked to complete a subject knowledge competency assessment ahead of your interview.

You will be sent interview details in advance so you have plenty of time for preparation. We aim to make your interview as welcoming, enjoyable and informative as possible, enabling you to perform at your best and to gain the knowledge you need to accept a place if offered. Decisions about the offer are made very soon after the interview and the outcomes communicated through both the SCITT and DfE Apply.

All our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young children and safer recruitment procedures are followed by the i2i SCITT Partnership. We expect all staff and trainees to share responsibility for this.

Self-disclosure will be required as part of the i2i recruitment process and all successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced-level check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Click here to visit the i2i website for more information

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

Our partner schools are all committed to equal opportunities. As school sites differ, those applicants with physical disabilities should contact the SCITT Administrator for details of the partner schools best suited to their needs. All our partner schools have the expertise to support applicants with learning disabilities.

If required, any Trainees with additional needs are given extra, appropriate support through our own Risk Assessment system. This is a confidential support mechanism, tailored to the needs of the individual.

Contact this training provider

01252 900550
Weydon School
Weydon Lane

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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