South of Tyne Primary Alliance Primary (3B2P)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

South of Tyne Primary Alliance offers tuition fee courses to students dedicated to a future in primary teaching.

You will gain experience of all three key stages over the course of the academic year, with a focus on either KS1 or KS2 in your host class. You will track the children in the host class across the whole school year, gaining an overview of individual pupil progress and unrivalled experience of planning and assessment. The School Direct route allows students to immerse themselves in the whole life of the school and become a genuine member of the team. The alternate placement in the spring term gives experience of a different key stage, school environment and culture in one of our cluster schools.

You will be taught through lectures, tutorials, project and group work with an average of 15 university days during the year; the University will provide support with education assignments and practice based research. Your work-based learning will be in your host and alternative school.

Our alliance will provide a high quality bespoke training programme delivered by excellent and experienced teachers from across our schools. This will address what we see as the key priorities for teaching and learning with a school focussed approach. Trainees will also receive individualised support from their host school mentor and other experienced members of the school team.

You will have a school mentor and university tutor who will assess your written and project work and your teaching practice.

School placements

Trainees will be placed in one of our schools for the autumn and summer terms. In the spring term, students will be placed in a partner school for a placement in an alternate key stage and school environment.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We are a cluster of dynamic primary schools south of the Tyne in Washington, Sunderland and Gateshead: George Washington, John F Kennedy, Valley Road, Highfield and Kibblesworth.

Although diverse in location and context, we share high aspirations for all and are committed to personalised learning and development.

Our schools have a proven record of high achievement in English and maths. We also have strengths in provision for vulnerable pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our experience of raising standards and closing the gap for disadvantaged children means that we can support trainees to provide the best experience for all children in their care. Well-established and effective systems for assessment mean that trainees will learn how to track and manage pupil progress.

We promote the development of the whole child through enriching curriculums, music, art, performing arts and forest schools.

Our schools are friendly and happy environments. We pride ourselves on being welcoming places to work and learn, ready to support trainees and ensure they gain the best possible preparation for life as a teacher.

“I had an excellent experience while on my alternate placement at George Washington Primary, receiving support from all members of staff.” Michelle Anderson, SD trainee

“The support provided was invaluable. I really enjoyed being involved in all aspects of school life. George Washington provided the opportunity to build the skills and confidence needed for teaching, while Highfield helped me to apply these and develop different teaching strategies.” Roxanna Bayat, SD trainee

Interview process

The interviews will take place on the site of the lead school (George Washington Primary School) with a panel of representatives from the cluster. The interview will consist some short tasks, which may vary, and an interview.

Applicants will be required to bring any relevant certificates of qualifications, DBS documents and skills test information with them.

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 celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our school communities and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability or mental health difficulty.

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

South of Tyne Primary Alliance
Well Bank Road
Tyne and Wear
NE37 1NL

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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