Transform Teaching School Derby
Primary (39MQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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

Our School Direct Postgraduate Trainee Teacher programme will be based in Derby. Your placement will start in one of our schools at the start of September 2019, and you will be based in school 4 days a week. On Thursdays you will either attend training at our training office or at the University of Derby on Wednesdays. You will have a mentor and will build your teaching commitment up to Christmas.

From January to February you will be based in a different school and again supported by a mentor. From Easter you will return to your first placement school to complete your training.

Throughout the year, course leaders from the University of Derby will observe you at your school and there are 6 assessment points.

Interview process

Your UCAS-ITT application form is looked at very carefully. Use the personal statement to convince us that you genuinely want to teach and will make a good teacher. Make sure that you have given us a clear indication of the subject content of your degree. On the basis of our consideration of your application form, we decide whether to invite you for an interview. When you come for a School Direct interview there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. You will not be in competition with the other applicants - in fact, we are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview:

  • an awareness of current educational issues;
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling;
  • an open and enquiring mind;
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
  • maturity and self-confidence.

Interviews are held in a school where you can support classes and take part in school life. We also build in time to discuss classroom practice, the Transform School Direct programme and the opportunities offered for trainees and teachers as part of the Teaching School. In the afternoon, you will be involved in a classroom task, interview with school council and one to one interview, when we will discuss your skills and experience as well as your training needs and aspirations.

How school placements work

We discuss your choice of placement schools with you. We will consider travel times, the key stages you want to concentrate on and find you a school that best fits your needs. We have 18 schools in our Multi Academy Trust and other 32 schools in our Teaching School Alliance who we work with in the Nottingham, Derby and Derbyshire area.


The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Course fees:

  • Fee details Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs. Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included. They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees. The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary. Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.. Please visit the University of Derby website for more information or call the helpline on 01332 592000.



Degree All applicants are required on entry to their teacher training course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification.

GCSEs Passes in English Language, mathematics and science at GCSE grade C or above, or an approved equivalent qualification. School Experience days are available with our partner schools.

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the DfE before QTS is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment when you commence your course.

Personal qualities

A desire to teach and work with young people Obviously you need to like young people and enjoy working with them. We would like to see evidence of observation and participation in schools as this strengthens your application and shows your commitment. All teachers need to be able to communicate well. But don’t worry - we won’t expect you to arrive on day one fully confident in addressing large groups of people! During the year you’ll get lots of practical support from us. A commitment to work hard on the course, but the work will be rewarding.

About the training provider

Transform Teaching School Alliance (TSA) is offering 10 Primary School Direct trainee places. You will receive support from experienced practitioners and specialists working across a range of primary, secondary and special schools in Transform TSA.

Transform offers the opportunity to be part of a unique Teacher Training community which brings together the expertise and experience of the University of Derby and our Alliance primaries to provide an innovative, high quality teacher training route and a source of quality new teachers for local schools.

Transform TSA is largely a primary-led Alliance of 48 schools from in and around Nottingham and Derby. We are committed to nurturing and investing in their teachers and to developing an education system where:

  • Trainees, teachers and leaders learn from the best, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring, practice, sharing with peers.

  • Talent development - our teachers are encouraged to lead and are given structure and stretching opportunities to grow and develop.

‘Transform has a very strong succession-planning, talent management and CPD ethos’ - National Teaching School Review

School Experience If you want to to spend a day in one of our schools, we offer School Based Experience Days to support your application. Please see for further details.

Working in partnership with the University of Derby, an institution that is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. All trainees who successfully complete the School Direct course with us will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will gain a PGCE with masters level credits.

About the accredited body

The University of Derby has a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands. We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating; ranked tenth in the country for undergraduate teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017. Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our teacher training courses. High-quality placements will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Derby have a statement regarding their support: ( )

Our schools have facilities to accommodate adult and children with a disability.

Please ensure you declare any disabilities or other needs on your UCAS application form.

Contact details

07852 477002
Allenton Primary School
Brookhouse Street, Allenton
DE24 9BB


Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Brookhouse Street, Allenton, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 9BB
Yes -

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

Get support and advice about teaching

Register with Get Into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Website support

If you have feedback or have had a problem using Find postgraduate teacher training you can contact us by email.

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.