Inspire Multi Academy Trust Teaching Alliance Primary (3C3Y)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
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


About the course

Our School Direct Programme involves spending four days a week in one of our settings and one day a week at the University of Sunderland.

On the School Direct route your work-based learning is based in the school. You will have a School Mentor and a University Tutor who will assess your written work and your teaching practice. You will also have support from a University Mentor.

During your time in University, assessments will be a mix of written assignments, case studies and one to one assessments of your teaching practice. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. You will be in University for an average of 15 days during the full training year; the University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research.

Our programme is tuition based. If you choose the tuition route you will pay a tuition fee for your course and you will be eligible to apply for the many generous, tax-free government scholarships on offer.

School placements

You will be based in one of the following five schools for the vast majority of your placement:

  • Burnside Academy
  • Fatfield Academy
  • Plains Farm Academy
  • New Penshaw Academy
  • Farringdon Academy

You will have two placements during our School Direct Programme and both will be based in one of our Trust schools but we will ensure they give you two contrasting placements which will deepen your knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic about working with young children and who have the determination, resilience and commitment to become outstanding teachers.

You should be passionate about teaching and want to motivate, challenge and inspire all children to achieve their personal best. You should have effective communication and interpersonal skills.

You must be able to establish and develop outstanding relationships with children and staff.

Other requirements

  • An enhanced Disclosure and barring Service (DBS) check

  • A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £10,750

About the training provider

Inspire Multi Academy Trust is a unique group of five primary schools located in Sunderland. Our vision is to create a family of outstanding schools with clear purpose, direction and objectives. The major aim of each school is to create and foster a culture of high aspiration to enable and empower pupils to achieve to the highest levels regardless of their social or economic background. These outcomes are achieved by high quality teaching which is responsive in meeting the individual needs of our children.

Our School Direct Programme can offer you:

  • highly skilled and motivated mentors able to address your developmental needs

  • contrasting placements across the Trust allowing a breadth and variety of teaching experiences

  • a training plan tailored to your needs which is fluid throughout the year

Burnside Academy is the Lead School for the Alliance working in conjunction with Sunderland University.

Interview process

School Direct interviews include staff from both the school and university. We will require you to demonstrate your understanding of teaching via a brief presentation. You may be asked to read a story to children, teach a short lesson to a class, or be interviewed by young people on the School Council.

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

We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement: “We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability. “ The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia. On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries: Website: Disability Services Email: Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact this training provider

Burnside Estate
Houghton le Spring
Tyne and Wear

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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