English (AT88)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

This secondary teacher training programme provides an ideal balance of school-based experience with professional and subject-specific training. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option to complete a Masters Level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the University of Hull. You will be fully integrated into the subject department at your host school where you will learn from an experienced mentor and other host teachers. You will receive training in how to teach across the 11-16 age range, including techniques for managing classroom behaviour and ensuring pupils of all abilities and needs can learn and make good progress. You will also have opportunities to teach post-16 lessons and get involved in a range of extra-curricular trips and activities. You will not be “thrown in at the deep end”. Instead the course has a carefully phased approach which allows you to begin by observing lessons and participate in team-teaching before teaching full lessons. Typically, you would progress to teaching about 6 hours a week by Christmas, 10 hours by Easter and 14 hours by July. This helps to build your confidence within a manageable timetable so that, by the end of the course, you are able to make a smooth transition to the NQT timetable expected in your first teaching year. Each week you will receive high quality one-to-one mentoring from a subject specialist as well as core Professional Studies training delivered by Specialist leaders in Education (SLEs). There are also regular Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (SKAP) training sessions, and university-led tuition to support your PGCE assignments. As well as your two main placements, we also arrange visits for you to spend time in a Primary school, Special School and Free School as part of your programme to enable you to gain further experience of the education sector. You are assessed at half termly review points throughout the course by your mentor in conjunction with a SCITT Link Tutor. These assessments are based on reviewing the progress of the classes you have been teaching as well as your ‘evidence bundle’ of lesson plans, resources and observations etc which is kept electronically on a SharePoint Cloud system. At each review point, personalised targets will be set to help you progress further towards meeting the Teacher Standards to the highest possible standard.

Interview process

All short-listed candidates will first be asked to complete a literacy and numeracy test. If you pass these tests successfully, then you will proceed to the formal interview stage with a panel that consists of representatives from the School Direct partnership. The interview panel will seek to gauge your potential, motivation and suitability for the teacher training programme, and will ask about your previous school experience, subject/curriculum knowledge, as well as your understanding about education and the role of the teacher. Candidates are also expected to deliver a mini lesson to some KS3 students as part of the interview. Further details about this will be included in the interview invitation letter.

How school placements work

You will spend the full academic year in your host school, with a six week second placement in a contrasting secondary school, usually in the second half of the Autumn term. You will be fully integrated into your host school, so that you feel truly like a member of staff. You will be given responsibilities for morning registration time, your own personal academic tutees to mentor, and you will be invited to join in all relevant school events and activities. Your two placements will be in high-achieving departments in successful schools so that you are guaranteed to be working alongside excellent classroom teachers, curriculum and pastoral leaders and learning from the best practice. You will have at least one placement in St Mary’s College. Your other placement will be at one of our partner secondary schools - The Marvell College, Kelvin Hall School or The Boulevard Academy.


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,325
EU students £8,325

Optional PGCE = £925 Therefore, total QTS and PGCE = £9,250

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.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans. Financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.



Degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent. GCSE grade C (grade 4) or equivalent in Mathematics and English

Personal qualities

A proactive mentality: you show initiative, are self-motivated and seek out useful learning experiences and opportunities. A love for learning: you reflect upon what you have learnt and constantly strive to improve. A ‘can do’ attitude: you are resilient, determined and flexible. A collaborative worker: you work well in a team and engage with others to get the best out of situations. Excellent communication skills, especially communicating with young people Excellent organisational skills Humility, empathy and respect Professional appearance and manner

Other requirements

Recent experience in a Secondary school in the UK which allows candidates to have a clear understanding of the role of a teacher in terms of relevant skills and time commitments required for the profession. A commitment to safeguarding young people, equal opportunities and raising standards Following successful interview, all conditional offers will include: Health and physical capacity to teach standards met (assessed through an occupational health questionnaire) Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check Satisfactory criminal record check for overseas Satisfactory check to ensure there is no prohibition order to teach in UK or European Economic Area (EEA)

About the training provider

Hull SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) works passionately to train the best teachers for Hull and beyond. The clue is in the title ‘School Centred’; our trainees are in school on day one learning and developing alongside our experienced mentors and school based coordinators. School based provision is supported by core training delivered by Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).

“Centre-based training draws effectively on the expertise of SLEs from partnership schools, ensuring that it reflects current educational thinking” Ofsted 2017

When asked to identify the most beneficial aspects of our programmes previous trainees frequently refer to our “hands on approach”. We deliver a personalised programme that builds upon trainee’s previous experience, strengths and learning styles. We carefully select and match trainees to the school and mentors with whom they will be working.

“Leaders are determined to put trainees first to ensure that they have a successful start to their teaching career” Ofsted 2017

Employment rates for the last 2 years have ben 100%, teachers trained by Hull SCITT are sought-after by employing head teachers. The nature of our programme ensures a smooth transition into the teaching profession. Our partnership with Hull Collaborative Teaching School and the University of Hull further support ongoing professional development.

“Head teachers are delighted that NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) ‘hit the ground running’ and commented that graduates of the SCITT need little support in their transition to employment because of the breadth of their training” Ofsted 2017

Training with disabilities and other needs

We work closely with our Occupational Health partners to ensure support is put into place as needed.

Contact details

01482 308650
Dorchester Primary School
Dorchester Road


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