Colchester Teacher Training (CTTC)
Religious Education (3229)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Colchester Teacher Training Consortium
Financial support
Bursary or 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

Our Primary and Secondary School Direct Programmes offer high quality training, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level validated by the University of Greenwich.

The course is 34 weeks long. It combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate that they are meeting the Teachers’ Standards. There are in-built assessment structures which help Trainees to audit their knowledge and understanding as well as support to help remedy individual areas for development.

Trainees are required to complete two substantial school placements: Placement 1 in term 1 and Placement 2 in terms 2 and 3. There will be some scope for trainees to have two placements that are different in character and the experiences they will provide for the trainee. Additionally, CTTC has planned a post-16 placement and a Special School placement and these opportunities will be used to further mix the types of schools that a trainee experiences. Trainees will be expected to complete a Key Stage 2 primary placement before the start of the course.

Interview process

We invite short-listed applicants to participate in a selection process involving the following:

  • Teaching a lesson
  • Written task
  • Interview

We ask all candidates to teach a lesson or micro lesson to students. The topic for the lesson will depend on the point at which the class has reached in the scheme of work. Further details about the class, number of students and level of ability will also be provided.

You will be asked to complete a written task (handwritten). This task will allow you to demonstrate your ability to reflect accurately on your lesson’s strengths and areas for development. It is also meant to give you an opportunity to demonstrate that you can communicate in writing accurately and effectively.

The interview will last for approximately 40 minutes. The interview will provide us with an opportunity to ask you questions about a range of issues relating to your previous relevant experience, your skills, subject knowledge, teaching and learning and training to become a teacher.

How school placements work

We have a diverse range of schools including grammar schools within our consortium. Placement schools provide excellent support and have been rated by ex trainees as preparing you to teach across a range of phases as 100% good and outstanding. You will have the opportunity of placements and experience in a Sixth Form setting, Special Needs and English as Additional Language schools.

Please see our website for a list of our partner schools and further details.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,750
EU students £8,750

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



A first degree from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institute or equivalent qualification*. Applicants should have at least 50% of their degree in their chosen specialist subject. However, Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses are available.

GCSE’s in English and Maths (or equivalent*) at grade 4/C or above.

  • A NARIC certificate of comparability is required for qualifications obtained overseas.

All qualifications must be achieved prior to the start of the course (but not necessarily at the application stage).

Personal qualities

It is important that teachers have a very good understanding of their specialist subject and relevant experience, but it is just as important that teachers have personal attributes that will help them to relate to young people and enable them to communicate effectively, these include:

  • Commitment to the safeguarding of young people
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to continuing professional development
  • A willingness to be trained, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to cope with difficult and stressful situations
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organised and hardworking
  • Sense of humour

Other requirements

We recognise that applicants will bring with them into teaching other relevant experience which falls broadly into 3 categories:

  • Experience working with young people e.g. both paid and voluntary work
  • Experience of applying subject knowledge e.g. employment in your specialist field
  • Experience of working with people e.g. managing people in the work place, voluntary work with adults

Offers of a training place are subject to pre-course screening checks and all applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

The Colchester Teacher Training Consortium is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted, Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Our strong partnership of schools and colleges in North Essex and South Suffolk provides diversity and choice for trainees. Our schools offer a wide range of educational experiences including grammar schools, sixth form colleges and specialist SEND placements.

As our programmes are run by schools for schools, we understand the needs of teachers in training. “A rich programme of training, combined with high quality complementary school placements equips trainees with the skills and knowledge to become successful, thoughtful teachers” (Ofsted 2017).

Our goal is to train outstanding teachers who are able to inspire children and young people to become resilient high achievers and lifelong learners. Trainees value the strong pastoral support and mentoring that they receive on an individualised programme. “[The course] is tailored to our needs, we are not just a number” (quoted by a trainee in the Ofsted 2017 report).

Our Primary and Secondary School Direct Programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level validated by the University of Greenwich.

We host events and taster days throughout the year, details are published on our website and on social media.

For further information, advice or support with your application, please visit our website or contact a member of our friendly team via telephone or email.

About the accredited body

Colchester Teacher Training Consortium programme “.... allows trainees to gain QTS, inspiring an infectious enthusiasm for teaching” (Ofsted, Nov 2017).

Get into a career which offers rewards, laughter and ensures that every day is different. We offer:-

  • Excellent range of school placements.
  • High rates of employment in partner schools.
  • 98% of our trainees attained good to outstanding outcomes.
  • Individualised pastoral support.
  • Streamlined training programme focused on developing you as an outstanding teacher and not on unnecessary paperwork.

“The in school experience prepared me really well for a teaching career” Nicole (Former Trainee).

Training with disabilities and other needs

Bespoke support is provided for trainees with a variety of needs. Examples include:

  • Personal tutor for the PGCE
  • Resources to allow easier access on computer applications if required
  • Expert pastoral care
  • All school placements allow for trainees with access requirements
  • Trained mentoring programme

Contact details

Colchester Teacher Training
Colchester County High School
Norman Way


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