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Colchester Teacher Training (CTTC) Primary (323K)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Colchester Teacher Training Consortium
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

Our Primary School Direct Programme offers 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 37 weeks long and 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 they have developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Teachers’ Standards for QTS. There are built-in assessment structures which help Trainees track their progression throughout the Colchester Teacher Training Consortium (CTTC) curriculum. This curriculum is centred around 4 key values: CREATIVITY, TARGETED INTERVENTION, THINKING CRITICALLY AND COLLABORATION and ensures trainees have full access to their entitlement under the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework.

The training consists of placements within two contrasting schools, along with centre-based training and engagement with evidence based academic research.

We offer non-salaried and salaried courses however, please note that we are unable to find salaried placements for applicants. They should already have received an offer of employment with a school prior to applying to us.

School placements

We have a high number of schools within our Consortium who offer placements to our trainees, all of whom provide excellent support and have been rated by ex-trainees as preparing them, across a range of phases, as 100% good and outstanding.

We have a diverse range of schools within our consortium, all of whom provide excellent guidance and support which 100% of trainees have agreed has prepared them to become highly effective teachers.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

Applicants should have excellent personal attributes that enable them to relate to young people, communicate effectively and embrace the economic, social and cultural diversity of modern Britain. An understanding of what makes effective teaching and learning in the primary phase would be of benefit.

Qualities sought include:

  • Commitment to the safeguarding of young people
  • Enthusiasm & commitment to continuing professional development
  • A willingness to train, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to cope with difficult and challenging 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 of 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 safer recruitment procedures including pre-course screening checks where safeguarding references will be sought and all applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,000.

About the training provider

Established in 2003, CTTC is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Our strong partnership of over 60 schools and colleges across North Essex and South Suffolk provides diversity and choice for trainees. The training hubs are located in both Colchester and Ipswich to serve the local schools. Our schools offer a wide range of educational experiences including grammar school, sixth form colleges and specialist SEND placements.

Our programmes are run in collaboration with our partner schools and were judged outstanding across all areas by Ofsted. In 2021, 100% of trainees commended the quality of CTTC’s curriculum and programme.

Our Primary and Secondary School Direct programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including 60 Masters level credits validated by the University of Greenwich.

Local schools are keen to employ trainees from the partnership and many ECT and former trainees move quickly into leadership and management roles.

We host events and school experience taster sessions throughout the year, further details are published on our website and on social media.

Interview process

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

  • Presenting a lesson
  • Written task
  • Maths task
  • Interview

We ask all interviewees to present a lesson planned for a class of children, the subject of which can be chosen by the candidate.

Applicants will then be asked to complete a written task (handwritten), which offers the opportunity to reflect accurately on the teaching activity’s strengths along with areas for development. This also gives the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate they can communicate in writing, accurately and effectively.

The interview will last for approximately 40 minutes. Questions will be framed around the applicant’s previous relevant experience, skills, developing subject knowledge and aptitude for becoming a teacher of the future. The process will also ensure that potential candidates are safe and appropriate to work with children and ensure their commitment to celebrating economic, social and cultural diversity.

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

Trainees value the strong pastoral support and mentoring that they receive on the programme. Support for trainees’ health and wellbeing is embedded across the programme.

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

Contact this training provider

01206 364728
Colchester Teacher Training
Colchester County High School
Norman Way

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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