Castle Newnham Partnership
Primary (T780)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
University of Bedfordshire
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.

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


About the course

Castle Newnham works in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire to provide you with a course that has a predominantly professional focus.

You will undertake placements in two different schools covering Reception and KS1. You will also spend one week in a secondary setting during your training.

You will be supported throughout by a skilled, energetic and dedicated Primary teaching team and an experienced mentor.

Each Friday is spent at the University of Bedfordshire alongside other PGCE students.

Interview process

The school part of the interview will take place at Castle Newnham with social distancing in place. You will be able to meet teachers, discuss why you wish to teach in a primary setting and ask us questions about the course.

The university interview

The university will be using webinars and video interviews to replace face to face methods during COVID19 - please apply as normal. The interview will consist of an introductory talk, followed by a group activity and finally a personal interview. University lecturers and representatives from partnership schools will conduct the interviews. You should be aware that subject knowledge across Reception and Key Stage 1 will be explored at interview to help set you subject knowledge development targets ahead of the start of the course and you should prepare for such questions.

How school placements work

Over the year you will have two placements. You will spend four days per week in your school placement and Fridays are spent at The University of Bedfordshire with other PGCE trainee teachers.

During your course you will spend a minimum of 120 days across two different schools so that you can develop your teaching skills for reception and KS1 and ages 3-7.

We are firmly committed to developing the skills of all our staff and we are the lead school in the training partnership (Schools Direct) with the University of Bedfordshire.

We hold weekly teaching and learning briefings to which all staff make a contribution to ensure we include evidence, research and debate in our practice.


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

For fee details contact admissions at The University of Bedfordshire

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.



Applicants must possess, or be working towards achieving a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in any subject.

All applicants must have GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and science. Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C/4 English language must have a valid IELTS certificate with an average score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each area.)

Other requirements

All suitable applicants will be interviewed and any offer of a place will be subject to receiving DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and medical clearance.

About the training provider

Our partnership includes a group of very successful and growing secondary schools and a number of very well established primary schools. Each school has great experience in supporting trainees and new entrants to the profession and each is staffed by dedicated, ambitious and supportive colleagues. Trainees will find themselves well supported and with access to innovative practice and high-quality professional development.

Why choose the Newnham Partnership? Our partnership has been built on ambition - for our pupils and for our staff - and this includes our trainees. Our schools are expanding and developing and always keen to recruit the very best new teachers to work with our wonderful pupils.

Our trainees strongly recommend the course on the basis of the training they receive, as well as the feeling of being part of a warm and supportive partnership.

About the accredited body

‘Aspirational partnership, inspirational teaching’

Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates.

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Contact details

Polhill Ave
MK41 9DT


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