Aquila Primary (2XNK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The training covers the whole primary curriculum with additional bespoke sessions for church schools on ethos, vision and values. All trainees are welcome to attend these sessions. We also provide training on teaching RE and leading an act of collective worship. You will have a bespoke induction day with the team and the opportunity to attend our MAT conference. Assessment is through the portfolio of evidence and academic assignments for the PGCE and masters level credits, both of these are optional additions to the main QTS training. PGCE assignments are intended to be based in practice and you will be supported by an academic tutor through the process of research and writing these essays. All CCCU training days are held at a CCCU campus. Aquila training may be in any of the Trust or partner schools.

School placements

Within Aquila, The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust you will have the choice of one of our Aquila primary schools across Kent. The second school experience will be a minimum of a 4-week block of 20 days. Any missed days must be made up so that a minimum of 20 days are completed by all student teachers. Aquila will place you in a contrasting school for the whole of term 3. Our schools are paired so you will build a relationship with the trainee who is usually in the school and the mentor. Student teachers should have visit days, in advance of, and in addition to, their block, in order to become familiar with their second school and gather the required information in order to make the best start to, and prepare to teach on, their second school placement. You will teach in your usual age range and a contrasting age class. You can elect to teach 4-7 year olds or pupils aged 5-11. There are currently 14 schools within Aquila but we will also partner with other schools which are equally committed to providing high quality teaching. All trainees also have the opportunity to see strong teaching practice in a nursery setting and visit a secondary school to see how subjects develop through a child’s school career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Teaching is a highly rewarding profession. We expect you to be able to articulate a genuine passion for teaching and to be able to back this up through practical experience of working with primary aged children. We prefer this experience to be within a primary school and for a sustained period of time so you are prepared for the expectations of the training year.

Other requirements

Aquila is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. We aspire to excellence; to secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people, enabling them to fulfil their potential and make a worthwhile contribution to our diverse, dynamic society. Our academies design their coverage of the curriculum to provide challenging and exciting learning experiences in a caring and nurturing environment which is based on our strong values. Our academies value every individual and celebrate differences through their culture of mutual trust and shared values.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £5,960.

£5,960 is QTS Route ONLY

£9,250 is PCGE with QTS

International students are not eligible for non-salaried routes. There are more details at ( under ‘Fees And Additional Costs’.

About the training provider

Aquila is a group of primary schools dedicated to working together to provide an exciting and effective education for pupils in all our schools. We are committed to a programme of staff development, so have additional face to face training days for School Direct and continue with this programme into the NQT year and beyond. We have a level of flexibility in our provision and all our School Direct student teachers have the opportunity of gaining a PGCE qualification, with Master’s Level credit as well as QTS. By staying with the Trust and engaging in our training you could be a school leader within ten years. We are committed to your wellbeing so you will have mentor support and a peer network. Once you are qualified you will be allocated a coach who will support your career development with us and guide you to become the best teacher you can be.

Interview process

The interview is intended for you to show that you have a passion for teaching and an understanding of the needs of primary aged pupils and how to engage them in learning. You will be interviewed by a panel which will include representatives of Aquila and CCCU. You will be expected to complete a maths task and undertake a short piece of reflective writing as part of the interview process. Alongside this we would ask you to plan a 30 minute reading activity for a group of mixed ability pupils. Once you are successful, you will be given a list of schools offering a training placement and you should have a conversation with that school to ensure you will fit in with their team and you are confident they can meet your training needs.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aquila prides itself on being an inclusive community. We will provide support for disclosed disabilities as far as possible within the constraints of the school sites. If you have particular needs, please discuss these at interview or during your visit to your preferred placement school. Additional support for CCCU may be available for trainees with dyslexia.

Contact this training provider

01303 297020
Diocese of Canterbury
Unit 33, Folkestone Enterprise Cen
Folkestone, Kent
CT19 4RH

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