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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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

For the Primary School Direct tuition route you will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Science and English Language and a range of National Curriculum subjects. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from

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)

  • A pass on the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department for Education. This is essential before you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 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.

About the accredited body

We are proud to work in Partnership with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners. Through our partnership with the University our Trainee Teachers benefit from the support of our Primary Tutor Team who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. The School of Education is world leading in research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the university who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

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.

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

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