St. Andrew’s Teaching Alliance
Primary (E191)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Oxford Brookes University
Financial support

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course has two key elements that drive its success; practical experience and personalised support:

School based training:

Trainees are centred in a school environment, each being assigned a main school placement, a classroom base and an experienced School Based Trainer (SBT) who will support their development throughout the year.

This programme facilitates the depth of understanding necessary for personalised support. Tutorials every one to two weeks with the course manager.


It is delivered by a range of subject specialists and provides a comprehensive programme that closely links to the Teacher Standards in Initial Teacher Education, and other important issues such as Safeguarding, E-Safety and Emotional Well-Being. The sessions enable trainees to develop a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking by encouraging them to critically reflect on research in relation to their own classroom practice.

Interview process

The interview process is undertaken at the lead school and comprises of a number of different elements; typically this would include a taught session to a group of children, a short written task and an interview that includes a verbal presentation. You will also be able to ask questions.

For those who are successful at interview, a conditional place on the course will be offered. The conditions will vary for each applicant, but may include, successfully gaining outstanding qualifications, a criminal record check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment. To reflect individual circumstances, further conditions may be discussed at interview.

How school placements work

Typically, trainees spend the majority of their training in their main school. Matching trainees with the right schools is critically important to us and we do all we can to accommodate personal wishes; for example, proximity to home, consideration of public transport, extended experience of a different key stage or a placement in a school outside of our regular geographical partnership. Through individual discussions, travel time and individual circumstances are always taken into consideration before an offer of placement is agreed.

An indication of what each Teaching Practice comprises of is illustrated below:

TP1 First Teaching Practice – Autumn

Trainees work from existing school medium term planning and along with support from their SBT begin delivering lessons in accordance with their personalised targets. By the end of the Autumn term the expectation is that their teaching commitment should be approximately 40% of the week.

TP2 Second Teaching Practice – Spring

This practice takes place in a different school and different key stage and lasts for six weeks. The first week is largely observation based and working with groups. The second week will involve solo teaching, building upwards to 50% teaching from Week 3 onwards and 60% in the final week. Trainees will plan full lessons, drawing from medium term planning in the school.

TP 3 Final Teaching Practice – Summer

This is the final assessment period. At this stage, it is expected that trainees demonstrate that they can fully plan an appropriate sequence of work across the full range of curriculum areas. They must demonstrate that they can sustain a satisfactory teaching standard over an 80 - 90% teaching timetable. They should prepare teaching resources, mark work and fulfil the main requirements of a classroom teacher to demonstrate their abilities in readiness for entry as a qualified teacher into the profession.


Unqualified teacher salary and non-salaried positions available.

PGCE fees need to be covered by the trainee whether salaried or unsalaried.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



A Bachelors Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification (2nd Class or higher)

  • A GCSE grade C / level 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science

  • Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills and the abilty to read effectively.

  • Successful safeguarding checks including an Enhanced DBS check

  • A successful ‘Fit to Teach’ health assessment

Personal qualities

SATA is looking for talented hardworking individuals who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to work with young children across the Primary Phase.

Other requirements

Identification, through the selection process, as exhibiting the potential to be a Good or Outstanding teacher by the end of the programme.

About the training provider

St. Andrew’s Teaching Alliance (SATA) is a Schools Direct Provider in the Oxfordshire and Buckingham area. Your training programme with SATA will have a strong focus on learning how to teach. We will ensure that you understand children’s developmental stages and that you understand how children and young people learn. Our training programme is practical and innovative making full use of evidence based teaching strategies. You will experience teaching across three educational phases, in both mainstream and special settings. Our programme will give you the tools you need to do the job well so that you can meet the needs of all your students. We will ensure that you learn how to manage behaviour in your classroom; we combine all of our training with cutting edge evidence based research. We believe that every child, regardless of ability or background, can succeed. If you feel this way too, then our programme will be the right course for you. Choosing SATA as your training provider means that:  You will become part of a community committed to one another and to achieving the best for every young person we care for.  You will enjoy excellent facilities in which to learn, supporting your development as a practitioner.  You will have opportunities to take part in a wide variety of Professional Development.  You will work with the highly regarded Oxford Brookes University as our partner provider.

About the accredited body

There is the option to complete the PGCE alongside the QTS course. This is also in conjunction with Oxford Brookes. There is additional cost of £1500 in fees for the PGCE course (this is not covered by SATA). More information available in request.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our lead school is an outstanding primary school with a Communication and Interaction Resource Base on site and all of our partner schools are rated outstanding or good which ensures excellent provision. We passionately believe in the ‘grow your own’ philosophy and we will be committed to you as a professional. When you train with SATA we will invest in your development and while we cannot guarantee a position at the end of your training course, there may opportunities regarding employment in one of our schools. When you train with the SATA, we see you as our future.

Contact details

Station Road
OX39 4PU


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