Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

William Shrewsbury Primary Partnership Primary (367M)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The John Taylor SCITT
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Our programme is intensive, stimulating, thought provoking and challenging. It is based on the premise that all teachers should aspire to outstanding practice.

There are 6 distinct components to our training programme and each is explicitly linked, assuring that there is a coherence between the elements:

  1. Induction
  2. Classroom Practice
  3. Professional Studies Training Modules (Professional Studies, Barriers to Learning)
  4. Subject Knowledge Development Modules (English, Maths and Wider Curriculum)
  5. School Based Tasks
  6. Masters Level study

Professional Studies Programme

The Training Centre at John Taylor High School will be the main venue for much of the Professional Studies training, although we deliver some of the programme here at William Shrewsbury as well as other local primary schools in the Central Co-operative Learning Trust to enable you to develop theory alongside practice. We have worked collaboratively to design and deliver truly outstanding and exciting school based training programmes. During these sessions trainees come together to develop their curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching, look at professional issues relevant to all teachers such as inclusion, safeguarding, behaviour management and pastoral care as well as pedagogical themes including assessment for learning and differentiation. Professional Studies training generally takes place on a Friday and will provide an opportunity for you to mix with other trainees from our programmes.

Primary Subject Knowledge Programme

Alongside pedagogical themes, a significant proportion of your training will involve the development of your curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching. There will be an appropriate focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, but we feel that it is equally important to develop your confidence to teach the wider curriculum effectively.

Masters in Teaching and Learning

Alongside your QTS you will be accredited with a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits. The academic side of the programme will be accredited by the University of Derby. The credits are fully portable and can be used on other Master’s level programmes, subject to the agreement of the receiving university. There will be three assignments over the year, which will be closely linked with the QTS training programme and are designed to support you in becoming effective classroom practitioners. You will have full access to the University of Derby Library and VLE to support you, all university input will take place in the Training Centre at John Taylor High School.

School placements

You will be based at a William Shrewsbury Primary Partnership school as your home school placement where you will begin and end your training. Please see the CCLT (Central Co-operative Learning Trust) website to see our partner schools. Following a period of induction in the SCITT you will spend the majority of your time in the classroom developing effective classroom pedagogy. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and joint delivery of lessons you will gradually build up to whole class teaching. You will work alongside outstanding practitioners and will be supported by highly trained mentors, all of whom are committed to ensuring the very best experience and outcomes for their trainees.

After Christmas you will undertake a shorter second placement in another school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different school context and through exposure to a new range of teaching and learning strategies develop your practice further. We think that it is important also that you develop a broad understanding of education in different contexts extending beyond your subject and so before you return to your home school to complete your training year, we offer enhanced placement opportunities in a special school.

Allocation to the second placement will include a contrasting key stage so that all stages of the primary curriculum are covered throughout the training year. It is important that trainees have experience of 2 contrasting school contexts and experiences a school presenting a degree of challenge.

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for highly motivated trainees with a real passion and commitment to ensuring the very best outcomes for every child, regardless of their starting points. Enthusiasm and a desire to inspire and motivate young people are essential qualities in all applicants. Successful trainees will be expected to reflect on and evaluate their progress and practice in the classroom, identifying ways to improve and always willing to take advantage of professional development opportunities. We require our trainees to be good team players, who listen as well as contribute and who have an appreciation of the strength of collaboration.

Other requirements

  • DBS Applicants must have successfully gained a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is completed no more than three months before starting the programme.

  • Fitness to Teach All applicants will be asked to complete a document in which we will evaluate their mental and physical capacity to train to teach.

  • At interview all applicants will be assessed with regard to their literacy and numeracy.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The William Shrewsbury Primary Partnership consists of a diverse group of schools in and around Burton upon Trent that offer a range of exciting learning opportunities. Working with us means that trainees will learn to teach through hands-on experience with exceptional primary practitioners. We have many experienced and dedicated mentors who will model excellent practice, team teach alongside trainees and provide high quality developmental feedback.

We can offer expertise in many areas including: teaching and learning, assessment, inclusion and SEND, enquiry learning, PE and sport, PSHE and music.

As well as a keen focus on high academic achievement, the partnership is committed to the development of the whole child providing a wealth of opportunities for children to participate in a wide range of sporting activities, concerts and school visits. The schools often collaborate to provide such opportunities on a larger scale.

We offer enthusiastic children with excellent behaviour for learning and a real thirst for knowledge as well as a supportive group of parents and governors. We welcome trainees who share our passion and ethos to bring out the best in every child and to develop life-long learners.

About the accredited body

“The John Taylor SCITT has been a provider of ITE since 2014. Based in the charming Staffordshire village of Barton-under-Needwood, the SCITT is based in a bespoke Training Centre on the site of John Taylor High School, an outstanding school which enjoys a high reputation locally and nationally as a school with an enviable academic record based for inspirational teaching and exceptional pastoral care. As a SCITT we pride ourselves on the fact that as a relatively small provider we know all our trainees really well and can offer highly personalised support which enables our trainees to secure excellent outcomes.”

Interview process

Our normal practice is to carry out interviews at William Shrewsbury Primary School.* This will consist of several parts which are designed to assess your literacy and numeracy skills, interactions with children and your awareness of the qualities required needed to be a good teacher. It will also assess your understanding of what constitutes high quality teaching and learning in primary schools, interpersonal and communication skills, awareness of educational issues, your rationale for wanting to become teacher, suitability for the profession and your resilience.

  • Interviews may take place online due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

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

William Shrewsbury Primary Partnership welcomes applications from people with disabilities. William Shrewsbury, the lead school, has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

William Shrewsbury Primary P/Ship
Church Road, Stretton
DE13 0HE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022