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Alfreton Nursery School Geography (B889)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Bursaries and 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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

Our School Direct programme is a school-led teacher training course where, as a trainee teacher, you will become embedded within your school teaching team from day one.

Our programme has been written in collaboration with The University of Derby. Trainees are supported through school mentors, The University of Derby’s link tutors, as well as within their School Direct peer support network.

Our bespoke package enables students to train in our neighbouring secondary school, David Nieper Academy as well as other local schools. Training days take place locally at David Nieper Academy or The University of Derby.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Education; secondary school direct programme leads to qualified teacher status, together with 60 masters credits.

The programme fully prepares students for the practical demands of teaching, with experienced outstanding teachers sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Our innovative and integrated programme is at the cutting edge of teacher training, we aim to produce outstanding reflective practitioners who can provide creative, challenging and purposeful teaching and learning.

There are no formal examinations however you will be continuously assessed throughout your course so you become the best you can be for your future students and career as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

School placements

You will spend the Autumn and Summer term in David Nieper Academy, your main host school, gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the role of a teacher; working closely with an experienced and skilled practitioner and mentor. To gain maximum experience, during the Spring term you will move to a complimentary placement school, with a contrast to your first placement. There will also be the opportunity to engage in Enhanced Placement weeks of your choice, again broadening your knowledge and experience.

We want all our students to gain maximum benefits from their School Direct placement schools. We will work with you to ensure you are placed in the right schools for you through our bespoke package of support.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Geography 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

We are looking for motivated students with a passion for teaching, with the ability to build caring relationships with students. You must be friendly and approachable and demonstrate a strong work ethic and resilience.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

University tuition fees, £9,250, are payable by you and you will be able to access the standard financial package of student support available to all students in England.

About the training provider

Alfreton Nursery School is an outstanding DCC Maintained School. The school has been consistently outstanding for 22 years, becoming accredited as a National Teaching School in Sept 2015 in recognition of its hard work and collective drive to constantly raise standards in school. As all Teaching Schools were de-designated in September 2021, Alfreton Nursery School is now a key partner of Potentia Teaching School Hub (TSH)

We provide opportunities for working in both urban and rural settings, within diverse communities. Specialisms include EYFS, KS1 and Primary as well as Secondary through David Nieper Academy.

The rich opportunities available from working in staff teams within our local Schools offers our graduates high quality teacher training opportunities.

We offer enhanced Teacher Training for professional studies, building inclusive practitioners, skilled in Special Educational Needs, behaviour for learning and closing the achievement gap, harnessing expertise from our strategic partners.

From day 1 you will be fully immersed in our staff teams, hitting the ground running; attending staff meetings and development days.

You will spend most of your school year in one host school, with a mid term placement in an alternative phase; gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the role of a teacher.

You will be assessed throughout the course by both your link tutor and school mentor, whilst receiving the most up-to-date training and pedagogy from the University of Derby and our teaching professionals.

We will inspire you to teach and look forward to hearing more about you.

About the accredited body

For our Primary and Secondary courses we work in partnership with The University of Derby to provide bespoke School Direct teaching programmes. Students are immersed in school practice for the duration of their course, spending days at the University to build on knowledge, experience and expertise.

Offering practical classroom experience throughout, our courses help students join a new generation of talented school teachers.

All trainee teachers are mentored by a teacher and link tutor.

Interview process

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.

To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Please note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

The UCAS form requires candidates to provide the details of two referees. If candidates have studied within the last 5 years, an academic reference must be provided. Ideally, candidates should choose someone who can comment on your character and suitability to enter the teaching profession. The other reference should be a school or employer’s reference. Please be aware that if references are not appropriate, they may delay the processing of your application

Interviews will be held at David Nieper Academy.

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

As a fully inclusive school and Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence (CoE), we support candidates with disabilities and other needs as long as all our entry requirements can be met.

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Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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