Goldington Academy Religious Education (2ZB4)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
University of Bedfordshire
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our initial teacher training programme (accredited and delivered in partnership with University of Bedfordshire) is for high quality graduates wishing to train in the secondary phase.

This course will provide you with opportunities to teach key stages three and four and includes the experience of teaching GCSE Religious Studies.

You will be attached to a tutor group and have the opportunity to develop pastoral skills. You will have the opportunity to participate in the wide extra-curricular life of the school. The school has a varied CPD programme which will be accessible to you. You will have a mentor who you will meet with weekly to aid your development.

School placements

The full-time course is for one full academic year and involves two placements in two different schools covering the full secondary age range. You will spend the first and third term at Goldington Academy. You will have an additional placement during the Spring term, in an alternative school, which will be local to your home (wherever possible).

Four days will be spent in school, with one day (Friday) spent at the University of Bedfordshire with subject specific tutors.

The part-time course is for two full academic years and involves two placements in two different schools covering the full secondary age range. Each placement will last one year.

Two days (for two years) will be spent in school, with one day (Friday) spent at the University of Bedfordshire with subject specific tutors.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Please email for details of equivalencies we accept.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

“Goldington Academy is a very welcoming school where pupils achieve well. Pupils, from the youngest to the eldest, and from varying backgrounds, work together with respect for one another and the staff. Pupils feel a sense of belonging at Goldington Academy, and consequently, they are well placed to learn and achieve.” Ofsted 2015

Goldington Academy is an ambitious and aspirational school where student success is at the heart of all decision making.

The school’s accommodation and facilities are excellent following a recent DfE funded refurbishment. All of our classrooms are equipped with interactive technologies. There are extensive specialist facilities for Art, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, Cooking and Nutrition, Music and Science. Sports facilities include a gymnasium, a sports hall and an all-weather mutli-use games.

At key stage 3 all students study English, Maths, Science, Humanties, French, Art, DT, Computing, PE, Drama and Music. Year 9 students also follow a personalised learning programme allowing them to study areas of special interest.

Students start GCSE courses in Year 10 spending 18 periods studying compulsory subjects – English Language and Literature, Maths, History/Geography, Science and PE. Six periods are spent studying optional subjects - Art, Computer Science, Creative I Media, DT, Drama, Hospitality and Catering, French, Music, PE, RS and Spanish and Travel and Tourism.

Goldington Academy have experience of successfully working with trainee teachers. Where positions arise, we have a strong record in regards to the employment of our trainee teachers as members of staff on completion of the course.

Interview process

You will be invited to visit Goldington Academy where you will meet with the ITT coordinator. During this visit you will tour the school and meet with members of your department and your potential mentor. You will observe a variety of lessons and have the opportunity to work with a small group of students. You will then attend an interview at the University of Bedfordshire where you will participate in group and written tasks, alongside a formal interview.

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

Goldington Academy is a fully accessible site.

There are designated Mental Health and Wellbeing leads for staff.

Contact this training provider

01234 261516
Goldington Academy
Haylands Way
MK41 9BX

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