Inspire Multi Academy Trust Teaching Alliance Primary (3C3Y)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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 2023 to 2024 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 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 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

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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