North Staffordshire School Direct Primary (39N9)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Staffordshire University
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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 simply ask for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who has a passion for teaching.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

St Anne’s Primary School is a “good” school in the Staffordshire Moorlands located on the edge of the Moorlands and Stoke. We have a range of schools in our consortium based in our own area and into Stoke and a couple towards Newcastle Under Lyme. We are a single form entry school with a friendly, consistent staff who have a long history of successful mentoring. There are around 210 children in our school which is from age 4-11 and our children are always complimented on their welcoming attitudes. As a School Direct consortium we strive to offer diversity across our partnership through the schools that we use. Schools and mentors are placed together with a “best fit” in mind for everyone involved: the associate teacher, the mentor and the school itself. We pride ourselves on our strong relationship with the university and we work closely together to make your experience as thorough and fluid as possible.

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.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

We are more than happy to do what is needed to support any specific needs that you may have in order to make the most of your training.

Contact this training provider

St Anne's Vale
Brown Edge

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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