4Derbyshire Teaching School Alliance
Primary (2XNM)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

From the beginning of the academic year, you will be a full member of the school and engage in all areas of school life. From day one you will be observing, working, teaching and learning in a classroom.

You will be based in your school 4 days a week where you will gradually build up your teaching time, observe examples of best practice, participate in group activities and wider professional development. You will have a dedicated mentor who will meet with you formally once a week to discuss your progress and help you succeed.

One day a week will be dedicated to your professional development with sessions delivered at both the University of Derby and at our hub sessions.

The university sessions will predominantly focus on the Masters level modules and assessment for the PGCE element. The hub sessions whilst creating a supportive community will have a strong focus on classroom based teaching and learning with lots of practical ideas for you to take away and use. The hub sessions also allows time to network with your fellow ITT colleagues and share experiences and learning.

Interview process

We are still recruiting during this time of social distancing caused by the coronavirus. We are conducting interviews virtually.

Our interviews involve:

  • Maths test
  • Level 7 task (this assesses Grammar, spelling and punctuation etc)
  • Thinking task (replaces the child centered task)
  • 1:1 interview questions

  • Literacy and numeracy skills will be assessed through the university and Teaching School Alliance (TSA) in line with the DfE’s new requirements. The TSA will give you further details of this process on receipt of your application’

Full details are provided prior to the interview.

How school placements work

We offer primary training in 3-7 years and 5-11.

All trainees are allocated a main placement school which they are based in during the Autumn and Summer term. During the Spring term trainees have a second placement school where they develop their skills in an alternative Key Stage.

Throughout your placement, you will have a dedicated mentor who will support you and work closely with our Alliance team.

Information regarding all of our placement schools is available on our website: Alliance Schools

We will consider specific requests made by you but may not be able to guarantee your first choice of placement school. Reasonable consideration will be given for travel and personal circumstances but it is not guaranteed.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £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.



You must have a good UK Honours degree (preferably 2:1) or equivalent, plus grade C / grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science. You need to have already gained the required GCSE grades when you apply. There are currently a range of equivalences which can be accepted - please contact our Admissions team if you need clarification.

Personal qualities

Demand for places on the course is very high, so you must also:

  • be able to communicate clearly and in spoken and written English, with a good understanding of correct grammar

  • meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach

  • achieve clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service at the start of the course. You must not have previously been excluded from teaching or working with children

  • meet all the Department for Education entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education courses including suitability and fitness to teach checks

Other requirements

Work experience in a school is highly desirable.

University of Derby will complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.

You must also have successfully completed the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before Sunday 1 August 2019 in order to secure a place on the course. You must have registered for the tests before we can interview you. We offer Skills Test preparation days to help you to gain the knowledge to successfully complete the tests.

About the training provider

4 Derbyshire Teaching School Alliance in collaboration with the ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rated HE provider Derby University, are pleased to offer School Direct places for Initial Teacher Training from September 2020.

Our training will provide trainees with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Derby University.

Places are available in an excellent and varied network of schools across Derbyshire. The schools who are partnered with the Alliance will offer high quality training for trainees who wish to train to teach in Primary Phases. Our Primary places also include training opportunities for people who would like to teach in a special school context.

You will be assigned an experienced mentor in your placement school to support you through your day to day and also a link tutor to guide and assess you through each stage. Your wellbeing and success is our priority.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We value inclusion and are committed to equitable treatment and elimination of discrimination in all its forms at all levels and throughout all programs and training.

All schools within the alliances offering School Direct placements have full disabled access.

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so they can be considered for placements accordingly.

Contact details

01773 810329
C/O Longwood Infant Academy, Wharf
NG16 6PA


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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Wharf Road, Pinxton, Nottingham, NG16 6PA
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