Paradigm Teaching School
Primary with Mathematics (3DTY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
Financial support
Bursary or 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.

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


About the course

Our School Direct trainees work alongside Roehampton PGCE students in all of the university-led aspects. These sessions take place at their campus based in the heart of Roehampton. This training will enable you to reflect upon your practice within the broad context of educational theory so that you will feel equipped to teach in any school.

The University-based aspect of the programme comprises of curriculum subjects and the wider professional role of the teacher. We aim to develop the pedagogical and practical skills necessary to be an outstanding teacher, as well enhancing subject knowledge.

This route leads to a PGCE with 60 Masters credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 Masters level credits. .

Assessments are used to ensure you understand and can apply the knowledge gained while on the course - both in schools and on campus. This is done through a range of methods:

Self-assessment Audit of subject knowledge for maths, English and science Presentations Micro-teaching Posters Essays Practical sessions

Assessment is ongoing and tracked against the Teachers Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are requirements of all course elements. Assessment is ongoing while on school placements.

Interview process

Our interview consists of a session at St Joseph’s, Epsom where you will be asked to lead a group of children in an activity prepared in advance. You will also be interviewed by some senior leaders from schools in our teaching school network. You will also be asked to bring confirmation of your qualifications.

How school placements work

You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year long programme, and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in the school that you have applied to and there will also be a shorter placement in another school which will add breadth to the experience. These placements are organised and co-ordinated from our Paradigm office in liaison with you. These placements are supported by the school and link tutors from the university. With these two placements we aim to give you a range of experiences in both key stages and in size of school.

You are able to specialise in either Early Years and Key Stage One, or in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

During your placements, you will be developed as a teacher, from working with small groups of pupils alongside a class teacher towards taking responsibility for whole class teaching.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,875

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen at Roehampton and other projects undertaken.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have :

  • a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
  • at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



A minimum of grade C in GCSE English, Maths and Science.

Primary Maths applicants would usually have an A level in mathematics or related subject at grade C or above, a degree at 2:2 or above, preferably in mathematics or subject with substantial quantitative content. Exceptionally we would consider individuals with less traditional backgrounds but who exhibit indicators of high quality mathematics and suitability.

For information regarding international qualifications, please contact us.

Personal qualities

We hope to recruit trainees who are enthusiastic, motivated and inspiring to our children.

Trainees who believe that we continue to learn as we grow and who are open to developing their teaching skill-set are the sort of trainee we are looking for. Excellent communication skills, organisation and the ability to reflect honestly on your own practice are essential.

Prior experience with children or in a school setting is always valuable, as are the most important two characteristics: adaptability and a sense of humour!

Other requirements

School observation We would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning can be really insightful and informative.

DBS check Successful completion of a physical and mental fitness to teach and a Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required.

About the training provider

Paradigm teaching School, led by St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Epsom, is proud to be part of nurturing the next generation of teachers into the profession. St Joseph’s was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in November 2017 and has an excellent track record of recruiting and retaining staff right from their earliest days as trainees.

We believe that we offer the best of both worlds - personalised and supportive school experiences in our close network of schools alongside the academic rigour and expertise of an outstanding PGCE (QTS) programme delivered by experts in their fields at both St Mary’s and Roehampton. The option of Masters level credits is also available to you if you choose.

Our placements are hosted in our network of Catholic primary schools across Banstead, Leatherhead, Caterham, Ewell, Dorking, Redhill and Epsom. These placements are agreed right from the start of your year so you are as prepared for the logistics of your training year as possible as we appreciate trainees are often juggling family and other commitments. We have a strong relationship with all of these schools and work closely together in order to ensure that your training year is as manageable and comprehensive as possible. Superb mentors and wonderful children will make your PGCE year one to remember!

About the accredited body

Roehampton University is based on a beautiful parkland campus in South-West London, close to Putney and Hammersmith. It’s School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of Education, reflecting the world-class expertise of our staff.

The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK with a rich 175-year history. As a student in the School, you will enjoy high quality teaching, equipping you for a successful career. 99% of 2017 teacher training graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Just as every child is unique, so are our trainees! If you believe you have a need which will require additional support, contact us to talk through your concerns.

Contact details

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Rosebank, West Street
KT18 7RT


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