St. Andrew’s Teaching Alliance Primary (M131)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Oxford Brookes 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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

School placements

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.

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

A candidate who does not hold a GCSE at the required grade can either retake a GCSE if time permits, or take an equivalency test. At present, we can only accept this from

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
International students £9,000

Sponsorship: We are offering sponsored places to strong candidates. This means your QTS fees would be covered by the placement school.

All trainees are required to pay £1,500 for PGCE fees - this is not covered in the sponsorship.

Non-sponsored trainees: £7,250 QTS fees plus £1,500 PGCE fees.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

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.

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.

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

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 this training provider

Station Road
OX39 4PU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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