North Avon Teaching School Alliance
Mathematics (2TZZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cabot Learning Federation SCITT
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will follow a blended course which sees you attending both Cabot Learning Federation Institute and school led training, based at the North Avon Teaching School Alliance (NATSA), and of course, two placements in our schools. We offer the School Direct route to PGCE. Further information can be found at NATSA

At Cabot Learning Federation Institute you will attend sessions on how to teach your subject and to ensure your subject knowledge continues to develop in order to be able to deliver the National Curriculum at KS3, KS4 and KS5. You will learn how to plan lessons and pedagogical theories relating to the delivery of your subject. You will learn in a group with other trainees who are following different routes allowing you share your own experiences and to learn from their experiences in other schools. These are supportive and practical sessions.

At NATSA you will attend sessions focused on Professional Development, learning all you need to know as a teacher about e.g. safeguarding; behaviour management; how to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs; assessment, marking and giving good quality feedback; lesson planning; working with parents and other professionals; how to manage workload and keep healthy etc. These sessions and lively, interactive and delivered so you also pick up ideas to use in your lessons in school. They are taught by teachers with many years of classroom experience.

You will teach for a minimum of 120 days in two of our schools, although in reality, this is often in excess of 135 days, as we organise our course to maximise your learning in our school settings. You will begin with observing teaching and work your way towards a full 80% teaching load over the year. However, it is not a race! We encourage you to develop at your own speed, focusing on delivering outstanding teaching as you slowly increase your contact time. You will teach at KS3 and KS4 and have access to teaching at Post 16.

Your teaching will be assessed against the Teaching Standards four times over the year. You will complete 4 academic assignments (set and marked by University of West of England tutors); at least two of these at Master’s level. The topics are carefully chosen to enhance your teaching and develop your understanding of how research can impact positively in the classroom.

Interview process

If your academic qualifications are appropriate, your personal statement is convincing (and accurate in terms of grammar) and your references supportive, you will be called to interview. Interviews will take place in one of our schools*.

Typically, an interview day consists of:

  • working with groups of students -the opportunity to talk with students/staff -interview tasks to complete -an individual interview -the opportunity to demonstrate subject knowledge

We also include: -a tour of the school -a group discussion -a presentation

You will be interviewed by one of our ITT co-ordinators and either the Headteacher or Head of Department from the school you are interviewed at. If you need to prepare any materials you will be informed of this beforehand, however, we make no apologies for asking you to sometimes ‘think on your feet’; this is an essential skill you will need for teaching! You will be told if you are going to be offered a place as soon as we have decided – often by the following day. It is a rigorous process, but we want to choose the best candidates to train at the North Avon Teaching School Alliance. We want prospective teachers who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject, committed to a career in teaching and ready to face the challenges of the training year.

  • During these unprecedented times – we may face further restrictions on entry into schools or further lockdowns. If this is the case, we will continue to recruit, but will run interviews remotely.

How school placements work

We select your teaching placements by considering your strengths, attributes and skills for your first placement. When we have got to know you a little more we then carefully select your second placement to allow you to develop still further.

All our schools are within South Gloucestershire, the furthest being 16 miles from our lead school, Bradley Stoke Community School, however, most are within 15 minutes travelling time. They vary from urban, suburban to rural in nature.

All schools are comprehensive and mixed schools with our primaries covering Early Years to Y6 and almost all our secondaries are 11-18 and all have Post 16 provision. We have 11 secondary schools and 9 primary schools. You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year – often very much more than this as we are deeply committed to a schools-based training programme.

You will be placed in two schools over your training, generally in two separate, consecutive blocks of time. These are the schools we work with at Secondary– links to their websites and a brief description of each school is available on our website NATSA

Abbeywood Community School; Bradley Stoke Community School; Brimsham Green School; Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy; The Castle School, Thornbury; Chipping Sodbury School; Downend School; Mangotsfield School; Marlwood School, Alveston; Patchway Community School; Winterbourne Academy


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

We are not able to support with travel costs, however, all schools are really close to each other – no further than 15-20 minutes travel time from our lead school in Bradley Stoke.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.



  • Degree (usually at 2:2 or above)
  • Secondary: GCSE Maths, English at C grade or equivalent
  • Primary: GCSE Maths, English, Science at C grade or equivalent
  • Appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy

The English qualification MUST be in English as a first language. If you do not currently have these qualifications, you may still apply to us but must have these in place before you commence the PGCE course.

Personal qualities

We are looking for creative and dynamic individuals who can motivate and inspire young people. Resilience, good communication and inter-personal skills, determination, self-awareness and a willingness to learn through success and mistakes are essential personal attributes for a career in teaching. Being well-organised and reflective will help you to progress quickly. We expect applicants to come from a wide range of backgrounds and have a wide range of skills. Whether you are coming straight from university or making a career change, all are very welcome; we believe our School Direct Programme is enriched by this variety.

Other requirements

  • Complete the DBS process and health checks
  • Evidence of recent school experience in a state school (or a well-informed understanding).
  • Appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy (assessed)
  • You may need to complete an additional Subject Knowledge Enhancement course if, e.g., your first degree is different from the subject you wish to teach; you are applying to do the PE with Ebacc course; you are applying to do Design Technology. These courses are fully funded and often have a bursary attached. They are intended to deepen or extend your subject knowledge prior to teaching. This will be discussed at interview.

About the training provider

The North Avon Teaching School Alliance brings together two very highly regarded consortia based in the north of the city of Bristol and South Gloucestershire: Castle Consortium and Concorde Partnership. Most of the schools are members of two local Academy Trusts, Castle School Education Trust (CSET) and Olympus Academy Trust (OAT). Further information can be found at NATSA We work closely with local universities to provide high quality Initial Teacher Training. We offer our own School Direct PGCE courses accredited by Cabot Learning Federation SCITT; the PGCE element is approved by the University of the West of England. Trainees on the School Direct programme will be awarded PGCE and QTS at the end of the training year, with perhaps the possibility of being employed by one of our schools. We are committed to developing teachers to serve our local communities and our Teaching School reflects our passion for and expertise in developing teachers and support staff in our institutions and beyond; providing excellent Continuing Professional Development in teaching and learning, career development and leadership skills at all stages and levels of teaching and education. Working together allows us to provide a wide range of placements for PGCE trainees in the North Avon area in both secondary and primary phases; we have schools which are urban, suburban and rural in nature – all are comprehensive. By applying for a place on the School Direct route you will be placed in one of our schools for each of your two teaching placements.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from anyone interested in training to teach. If you have additional needs, we will support you in your training. We working closely with CLF SCITT to facilitate you in accessing training and to provide additional support for, e.g. written assignments.

All of our schools are fully accessible and we pride ourselves on our inclusivity for both our pupils and staff.

Over the years we have trained teachers with a range of additional needs from medical needs, to ASD through to high level dyslexia. We are also keen to support trainees with mental health needs, again, through accessing CLF SCITT support or by being involved in our active staff wellbeing programmes in our schools.

Most students find themselves needing a bit of help at times as they juggle different priorities and demands. Common concerns include balancing study, work and social life, personal issues, friends and relationship difficulties, health or loneliness.

  • Disability and Accessibility
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Money Advice

Contact details

01454 252059
Fiddlers Wood Lane
Bradley Stoke
Bradley Stoke
BS32 9BS


Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Winterbourne Academy, 17 High Street, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JL
Yes -

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

Get support and advice about teaching

Register with Get Into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Website support

If you have feedback or have had a problem using Find postgraduate teacher training you can contact us by email.

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.