Benfield Primary School
Primary (3688)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sussex
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This course is in partnership with the University of Sussex. It is an intensive school based programme with four days a week in school and one based in the university. This gives trainees the opportunity to be quickly immersed in classroom practice supported by a trained mentor. It also enable trainees to play a full part in the school community. Placements are in Reception/KS1 or KS2. Trainees are given two school based placements, one from October to Easter and a shorter complementary placement 2. Assessment is through the award of PGCE/QTS at the university of Sussex. Trainees are also eligible to accrue points towards Masters level qualifications.

Please see the University of Sussex course content for further information.

Interview process

Interviews are conducted in partnership with the university and are always based in school. This is so we can see how candidates interact with children through guided activities.

How school placements work

During your training, you will have two school placements as detailed above. However, in addition to this, we run a Professional Studies programme which reinforces and complements the University’s pedagogical programme. These sessions take place in different schools across our Teaching School Alliance giving trainees the opportunity to complete further learning walks in different schools and settings. All our Alliance schools have a Professional Tutor who oversees all trainee teachers and ensures there is quality of provision. All trainees are developed and supported by a trained mentor who is their class teacher.


The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

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



Marhs/English/Science at GCSE level or eqivalent. First degree

Personal qualities

We welcome applicants from all people who can clearly demonstrate a passion for ensuring all our children achieve their best by engaging, top quality learning. Teaching is all about children and all adults must demonstrate reslience, enquiry, good time management and organisation and a sense of humour.

About the training provider

Benfield Primary School is a National Teaching School and leads the Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance in Brighton and Hove. We are a group of 34 schools who are committed to high quality school based experience ensuring our children are provided with the best possible teachers. Initial teacher training is at the heart of everything we do and we continue to invest in all our teachers through a continuum of professional development. We provide a training programme which is school based for 4 days a week with a further one day at the University of Sussex. Trainees are supported by an experienced mentor who is an excellent practitioner. We expect all our trainees to be an active member of our schools community, fully participating in all aspects of school life. We consider our trainees to be an essential part of our team. In addition to classroom practice, all our trainees take part in professional learning led by colleagues across the alliance. This enables trainees to collaborate with other schools in sharing and embedding good practice. We have recruited from our trainees over the past few years and many of these are now developing as leaders across the Alliance.

About the accredited body

The University of Sussex is an outstanding provider and we work in a strong partnership. Many of our school colleagues take part in the recruitment process and contribute to the work of the University. The University offers an approach focussed on evidence based practice and many trainees opt for masters credits. This continues post QTS with some NQTs continuing with Masters accreditation.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our support for candidates with disabilities reflects our inclusive approach to our children and their provision. We welcome applicants with diverse needs and work in partnership with the University to try to ensure we avoid barriers for anyone wishing to become a teacher. Many of our schools are suitable for colleagues with mobility conditions and include ramps and/or lifts.

Contact details

01273 294974
Benfield Primary School
255, Old Shoreham Road
BN41 1XS


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