Durham St Margaret’s Primary (36FW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Trainees are placed in their ‘home’ school in Durham from day 1 of the academic year in September until June. Monday to Thursday are school based days, with Friday being ‘training’ day shared equally between school based training days in Durham and University based training days at Coach Lane Campus.

Over the year, trainees are supported by their class mentor to develop their skills, with three observed placement periods of 5 weeks each across the year. The middle placement will take place in one of our other central Durham schools to give trainees experience in other school environments and with other age ranges of children, whilst retaining the similarities shared by our Durham schools.

School placements

The 8 schools in our partnership have been developed through the close relationships we have within the Durham area. Our primary schools are all within 5 miles of our main site at St. Margaret’s and are all good and outstanding providers with strong school ethos and supportive staff teams. Our school mentors are all known personally and meet regularly to ensure high standards of support. We have a range of settings available, including CE, RC and non-faith schools and also a range of school and class sizes. We would be happy to work with trainees who have a particular school preference.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Crossgate Peth, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4QB
Neville’s Cross Primary School
1 Relly Path, Durham, DH1 4JG
Shincliffe CE Primary School
Beal Walk, High Shincliffe, Durham, DH1 2PN
St Joseph’s RC Primary School
Mill Lane, Gilesgate, Durham, Durham, DH1 2JQ
St. Bede’s R.C. Primary School, Sacriston
Front Street, Sacriston, County Durham, DH7 6AB
St. Godrics RC Primary School
Carrhouse Drive, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, DH15LZ
St. Oswald’s CE Aided Primary and Nursery School
Church Street, Durham, DH1 3DQ
St. Thomas More
Thorndale Road, Belmont, Durham, Durham, DH1 2AQ

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.

This will need to be discussed with Amy Bell to assess individual cases.

Personal qualities

As a school, our ethos encourages everyone to be caring, celebratory, courageous, Christ-like members of a community rooted in love. If you can combine these values with a passion and dedication to be the best you can be then you will enjoy training at St. Margaret’s.

Other requirements

A DBS check will be required on acceptance to the course. Provision can be made to gain experience in our schools in advance of beginning the training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

SFE will provide a Tuition Fee loan to cover training costs. This and any other financial support to be organised by the trainee in conjunction with Northumbria University.

About the training provider

We have gathered together a group of good and outstanding schools based within the vicinity of historic Durham City. Our training aims to develop staff with the skills set and aptitude to work in an area of high academic attainment where children come to school to learn. Our small cohort of trainees means that relationships between trainees, mentors and schools are strong and communication is clear and effective. We were delighted that the previous cohort of 7 trainees all graduated as good or outstanding and, as was always the aim, successfully achieved jobs in primary schools very close to Durham. If you’re keen to be the best teacher you can be and have aspirations to live and work locally to Durham, please give us a call.

Interview process

Once you have applied, we will make contact with you very quickly. We are always keen for you to visit site, either before or after application, to get a feel for our partnership and find out if it is the right training for your needs.

We will then agree an interview date, involving a simple presentation, short written task and a small group reading activity with children. A formal set of interview questions will then be shared with the lead mentor and head teacher.

**some changes to interview process may be needed depending on the current COVID19 regulations.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

As a partnership of only 7 schools, we know each venue, headteacher and their governors closely. We have the flexibility to place trainees in the best location to suit their needs, safe in the knowledge that all schools in our partnership have robust policies and systems to support disabilities and additional needs.

Contact this training provider

0191 3847331
St. Margaret's CE Primary School
Crossgate Peth

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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