Advance Learning Partnership
Primary (5-11) (AK03)

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.

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


About the course

ALP primary trainees will be allocated a ‘home school’ but will also do a second placement in another primary partnership school. On each placement you will be allocated a mentor who will support and guide you through the school based training.

The centrally based training is delivered by highly skilled practitioners from our Partnership Schools as well as SCITT staff. We aim to support you in becoming a highly reflective trainee with a very good understanding of how children learn. There is a strong emphasis on giving you the knowledge and understanding to secure pupils’ progress in the core subjects of English, Science and Mathematics. The course will also enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of other subjects in the curriculum.

The training has been designed to reflect local and national priorities and covers a wide range of general professional subjects including behaviour management and Special Educational Needs.

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 3 short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.

The PGCE is accredited by University of Sunderland and assessed through 2 written assignments. The 2 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 2 PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme.

Interview process

The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether or not 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 Course Administrator 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. The interview process will take place at ALP’s central offices (located at Whitworth Park Academy).

If you are invited to interview, you will be sent information about a 15 minute teaching task. The activity should be devised to be appropriate for a class of primary school children (year group will be notified beforehand). The interview panel will then ask you several questions to establish your motivation for wanting to teach in the primary age range and some administration questions. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. The interview process will include a numeracy and literacy exercise.

Your performance on the day will be assessed against criteria linked to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

How school placements work

Primary trainees will be allocated a ‘home school’ but will also do a second placement in one of the other primary partnership schools. The course is full time and runs from September until the beginning of July.

The course will provide a rigorous and structured programme of training leading to QTS after one year. There are three compulsory elements:

Professional Studies Programme (PSP) Reflective Practice Programme (RPP) Classroom Practice Programme (CPP)


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



Requirements 2.2 or higher honours degree (or equivalent). GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. Additional GCSE’s showing a good spread of curriculum subjects and at least 2 A levels.

If your degree classification is lower second then the following additional requirements will apply:

GCSE grade 5 or above in English language. GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics and Science. Other GCSE’s required showing a good spread of curriculum subjects and at least 2 A Levels at grade C or above.

Please email if you need further guidance re your qualifications before you apply.

Personal qualities

Expert communication and listening skills Deep knowledge and passion for your subject matter The ability to build effective relationships with students Friendliness and approachability Excellent preparation and organisation skills Strong work ethic Community-building skills

Other requirements

Health Check Before being accepted onto the course, all 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

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.

About the training provider

By choosing to train to teach with the Advance Learning Partnership you will learn first-hand from outstanding teachers and be immersed in school life from the outset of the course. Advance Learning Partnership is a not-for-profit Multi Academy Trust consisting of a mix of primary and secondary academies across the north-east. All academies within our trust work closely with each other as a ‘family of schools’. The trust as a whole is not a separate body or group of people, but rather one single organisation made up of all our academies with one single vision and shared set of values. We work together to ensure that all children, irrespective of their starting point, receive an excellent education. Whether you are a new graduate, about to graduate or you are considering a career change, our school direct initial teacher training courses, will provide you with the foundation you need for your career in teaching. Our School Direct Programme Our route offers trainees an extended professional practice placement in one main school, supplemented by an additional placement (around 6 weeks) in another ALP school. Trainees will also spend time at Durham SCITT working in their purpose built training centre with their team of subject specialists, attending general professional study sessions and following a programme of enhancements. This ensures an experience of teaching in different settings.

About the accredited body

Durham SCITT has been training teachers since 2005. It’s the personal attention we give to our trainees which makes this a great place to learn. We pride ourselves on the personal approach. We know there is no such thing as a “typical trainee” so we don’t provide a one-size-fits-all course. We will help you to grow and become a great teacher. Our secondary Subject Specialist programme (SSP) was recognised by Ofsted as outstanding and highly innovative practice. High quality trainees, impressive employment rates and effective partnerships with schools, mean we are in the position to offer outstanding teacher training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At ALP we pride ourselves on the personal approach and fully support candidates with disabilities during the interview process and throughout the course. The Occupational Health Service provides an assessment and advisory service on the occupational health aspects of trainees. As part of the recruitment process, you will be required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire and, if any needs are identified, they will be followed up.

Contact details

01388 825 285
Advance Learning Partnership
Whitworth Lane
DL16 7LN


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