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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of East London
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Schools Direct courses are school based ITT routes. Unsalaried trainees get inducted into their ‘home’ schools in July and August and begin lectures at UEL in September. The training calendar generally consists of 3 weeks at UEL in September before placements start in the ‘home’ schools. ITTs spend 1 day a week at UEL (education and subject based lectures, teaching and tutorials) and 4 days a week in schools ‘on the job’ training. Reading / study weeks are built into the calendar during half terms to accommodate trainees working towards the PGCE option. UEL days are typically front loaded in Term 1 to ensure trainees are up to date early in their training. Second placement opportunities are calendared in Term 2 in blocks to ensure trainees are immersed into school life in their contrasting school placement - they do not attend UEL during this time. Term 2 ends with a week at UEL - for tutorial opportunities with a focus on PGCE assignments and evidence gathering linked to the Teacher Standards. In Term 3 trainee timetables increase in their ‘home’ school so UEL days are again reduced. Alternative education placement visits are organised by the Teaching School to ensure trainees have been exposed to a variety of educational settings including visits to Special Schools/ Units, Alternative Provisions and Independent Schools.

Alongside the training at UEL, the BMAT ITT programme runs regularly to ensure trainees are up to date with everyday pedagogy, MAT policies and procedures and subject networks. There is a layered system of support from the classroom to MAT level which ensures our trainees are supported and developed every step of the way.

School placements

A successful applicant will train in any of BMAT’s partnership schools, depending on the schools’ recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools. BMAT schools are geographically based from London Stansted Airport to London City Airport - travel distance between each school is no more than 30 miles, the majority of schools are within easy reach of the lead school Burnt Mill Academy.

Al trainees are based in a ‘home’ school and will go on a 2nd placement to an alternative / contrasting school placement for 4-6 weeks during the training programme.

Our BMAT partner schools provide 5 different placement opportunities at EYFS and Key Stage 1/2, 6 opportunities to train in Key Stage 3/4 and 3 school placement options at Key Stage 5.

Primary trainees will teach across Key Stage 1 and 2 (age 5-11) but will also gain experience in EYFS and Key Stage 3. Secondary trainees will teach across Key Stage 3 and 4 (age 11-16) but will also gain experience in Key Stages 2 and 5.

A full list of our schools can be seen here bmat-trust.org

We also work outside of our Academy Trust network, reaching into schools in West Essex, East London and Hertfordshire for placement opportunities

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who will commit to our vision and values. BMAT is committed to the following:

  • ‘No limits’ attitude towards children We believe that no child should be limited by where they’ve come from; that every child within the BMAT family deserves the chance to move on from where they are now to somewhere better.

  • Letting our teachers truly teach We believe in letting our teachers do what they’re best at – teach.

  • Local schools with local personalities We are not in the business of making every school in BMAT look like each other.

Other requirements

All offers are subject to satisfactory results from necessary pre-employment checks

Please contact us directly bmat-trust.org

Fees and financial support

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

The tuition fees for 2019-20 UK/EU students are typically: Full-time: £9,250 per year

Financial support from the training provider

DfE bursaries of up to £12,000 are available for eligible candidates

About the training provider

Burnt Mill Academy is graded as Outstanding by Ofsted. Our most recent inspection recognised that provision for students with special educational needs is strong.

We are an inclusive academy that has the highest expectations so that students are enabled to succeed across the curriculum. We also place a high value on enrichment activities and supporting our students pastorally.

Burnt mill is part of the BMAT Multi Academy Trust which includes 5 Primary and 6 Secondary Schools - including a STEM Academy and 2 Sixth Form provisions providing wide opportunities for trainees to experience educations from EYFS to A Level.

As a Trust, we commit to living out the following values

Courageous actions We are courageous enough to make the tough decision, to do what’s right – even if it’s not what’s popular.

High expectations We are unswerving in expecting excellence of our teachers and expecting more of our children – for behaviours, relationships and academic results.

Servant leadership We treat each other as peers, not as superiors, and choose to adopt a leadership style that asks: ‘How can I help?’

Applicants may train across one of the trust schools.

About the accredited body

UEL is one London’s leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors. Capitalising on our east London location, we’ve earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools. The Cass School of Education and Communities trains approximately 600 teachers every year. You will be joining a large department with a long and impressive track record and benefit from subject specific coaching and mentoring from experienced and expert practitioners.

Interview process

We encourage prospective candidates to come meet us and tour our schools during the application process.

Please keep up to date about our Teacher Training Open Events on our website bmat-trust.org and on Twitter @BMATTeach

You will be formally invited to interview directly by the Teaching School Team at least 1 week in advance.

The interview process consists of three parts (approximately 1.5hour duration):

  • Basic Skills Assessment - a short test (20 minutes) to assess Literacy and Numeracy levels
  • Teaching a Lesson - you will be asked to plan and deliver a 30 minute lesson to a class of learners. You will be guided on the topic, content and class details in advance of the lesson. The lesson will be observed by two members of the Teaching School Team / Senior Leadership.
  • Formal interview - the interview will be conducted by two members of the Teaching School Team / Senior Leadership Team

You will receive Interview feedback within 2 working days and if successful your recommendation to teacher training will be passed to the University to assess your subject knowledge before starting the enrolment process.

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

The Disability and Dyslexia Service at UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs), including dyslexia. If you have a disability, long-term medical condition or a specific learning difficulty, we can help to identify and address any barriers to your education so that you can access your course and reach your potential. Appointments can be made via the student Hub at both the Docklands and Stratford Campuses in person, on the phone (020 8223 4444) or by email (thehub@uel.ac.uk).

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Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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