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Durham Schools Together Primary (2ZKM)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Durham Schools Together School Direct course is a primary teaching course with QTS and you will achieve a PGCE. All placements will take place at one of the five partner schools: Coxhoe Primary School (lead school), Esh Church of England, Bowburn Infant School, West Cornforth Primary School and Newker Primary School.

The course is tuition meaning that you will pay a tuition fee for your course and you will be eligible to apply for the many generous, tax-free government scholarships on offer.

Assessments will be a mix of written assignments, case studies and one to one assessments of your teaching practice. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. You will be in University (University of Sunderland) for an average of 15 days during the full training year; the University will provide support with your education assignments and practice-based research.

On the School Direct route your work-based learning will be based in the school. You will have a School Mentor and a University Tutor who will assess your written work and your teaching practice. You will also have support from a University Mentor.

School placements

Throughout the Primary School Direct course, you will teach across the 3-11 age range. Durham Schools Together is currently a partnership of five good-outstanding schools. One of these schools will become your host school where will complete two of your assessed placements. The third placement will be in an alternative partnership setting and will usually be based in the Early Years Foundation Stage. As well as having university days, the five partnerships schools will each offer bespoke, focused training days throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A good degree of a Higher Education Institution of 2.2 or above
  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above Applicants must be a graduate with a minimum of a 2.2 degree although applicants with a 2.1 or 1st class degree will be seen as more desirable. Applicants can apply from any degree subject; however applicants will need to demonstrate how the skills, knowledge and understanding developed are applicable to primary teaching. Applicants who are currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place if successful on interview.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate a genuine passion to work with children and make a difference in their lives. Candidates should be confident, creative and inspire effort and trust in their pupils. Candidates will demonstrate a strong desire to teach at an outstanding level and continually improve and develop as a practitioner. They must have the ability to deal with a heavy workload; be able to meet deadlines and enjoy working as part of a team.

Other requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed, the following DfE Requirements must be met. All candidates must:

  • Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring enhanced disclosure check
  • Have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required DfE Teachers’ Standards
  • Communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English
  • Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £10,750

About the training provider

Coxhoe Primary School is an outstanding school as rated by Ofsted and we are proud to be the lead school for Durham Schools Together. As a lead school, we work collaboratively with a further 4 strategic schools who are highly committed to providing and delivering a wide range of high quality, bespoke and innovative training. You will be part of a team from the very start where you will receive intensive support from experienced mentors and teachers. Throughout the course, you will be provided with a balance of university input where you can learn the pedagogy of teaching as well as extensive hands-on experience in schools where you will learn theory through your placements.

About the accredited body

We are proud to work in Partnership with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners. Through our partnership with the University our Trainee Teachers benefit from the support of our Primary Tutor Team who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. The School of Education is world leading in research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the university who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

Interview process

After receiving applications, successful applicants will be invited to interview. Invitations are sent via UCAS and the email provided on your application. The selection criteria will be based on personal attributes and experience across the primary age range. During the selection day candidates are required to deliver a short guided reading lesson to a small group of children, complete a written task and take part in various discussion tasks. This will be followed have an interview. Head teachers and school mentors from our lead school and associated schools will carry out the selection procedure. We aim to ensure that selection days are calm and allow you to have a positive experience. The quotes below are from some of our past students who took part in the selection day: ‘I was, understandably, quite nervous leading up to my interview, however the staff were so welcoming and I was immediately made to feel at ease. I found the interview itself rather enjoyable and would definitely recommend the school and staff alike - such a lovely atmosphere.’

Training with disabilities and other needs

We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement: “We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability. “ The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia. On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries: Website: Disability Services Email: Tel: 0191 515 2952

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