North Staffordshire School Direct
Primary (39N9)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Staffordshire University
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 will run alongside the PGCE at Staffordshire University. Our distinctive feature from the core provision is that you will always be placed within our locality. With North Staffordshire School Direct we very much operate on a “grow your own” basis, meaning that we are a medium sized alliance with a group of closely linked headteachers who look to our own School Direct provision when employing. We also have links to many other schools in the locality and feel that we are personal as a smaller course and really get to know our students. Employability rate is high within our provision.

You will be assessed on the course based upon your teaching. You can only pass this course by your teaching being assessed as “good” or better. This is obviously why you are interested in being a teacher and this is what the heart of the course is about- being a good teacher! You will also be assessed on how to provide assessment for children through learning how to collect evidence for children’s work and at times in writing essays related to the skill of teaching and learning.

Interview process

Should you be selected for interview, you will be interviewed at Staffordshire University. This will be a face to face interview with usually two interviewers about your thoughts on teaching and what brings you to the profession. You will also be asked to complete a short piece of writing and to comment on a lesson by video which you will be shown on the day, giving your views on how the lesson was conducted successfully.

Following successful completion of this, you will be invited into one of our partner schools to share a book with a group of children. This is not an assessment but will give you an insight into our course.

How school placements work

You will have to placements- one in Key Stage 1 (age 5-7) and one in Key Stage 2 (age 7-11). Each placement will be in a different school. You will also be asked to spend a couple of days in Early Years at the start of the course so that you begin to understand the children’s starting point as well as a couple of days in a secondary school observing so that you can see what we are aiming for, for the pupils. Your placements will be more or less equal in time spent and you will have a mentor in each school as well as a university based mentor. We aim for candidates to only travel around half an hour to placement but do so say this can at times be slightly higher.

Our placement schools are all handpicked as schools that we have strong relationships with so that there is easy communication between us all.


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.



GCSE A*-C in English, Maths and Science

Honours degree at 2:2 or higher

Personal qualities

We simply ask for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who has a passion for teaching.

Contact details

Woodhouse Lane


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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Woodhouse Lane, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST8 7DR
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