Swindon Teacher Training Partnership English (3B32)

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

Accredited body
University of the West of England, Bristol
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The duration of the course is one academic year. You will join your placement school at the start of term so you can observe, first hand, experienced teachers as they go through the process of building rapport and routines with new classes.

The first few weeks of your placement will be focused on induction and you will:

  • Be assigned a mentor from within your department.
  • Observe experienced teachers as they build relationships with new tutor groups and teaching classes.
  • Be attached to a tutor group.
  • Carry out a ‘pupil pursuit’ whereby you will follow the timetable of one student for one day.
  • Attend professional development sessions both within the partnership and at UWE that will introduce such topics as ‘behaviour management’ and ‘lesson planning’.
  • Be given reading time to help you to understand school policy and subject specific schemes of work.

As you begin to settle into school life, you will begin to follow your own timetable. In your first two terms, you will be looking to build up to around ten hours of teaching a week. As your confidence grows this will increase to fifteen hours of teaching. At the STTP we have the flexibility to tailor our training to suit your individual needs, you can be reassured that classes will be allocated to you at a pace that you feel comfortable with.

You will have two placements within the partnership which will add breadth to your experience and allow you to see how different schools operate.

School placements

You will complete two placements within the 5 schools that make up the partnership. The most likely pattern is that placement one will run from the start of term in September to the February half term. Your second placement will then run to the end of the course. If we feel for any reason that a trainee would benefit from a different pattern of placements then we would have the flexibility to consider that.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbey Park School
Redhouse Way, Swindon, SN252ND
Commonweal School
The Mall, Old Town, Swindon, SN14JE
Highworth Warneford School
Shrivenham Road, Swindon, SN67BZ
Lydiard Park Academy
Grange Park Way, Swindon, SN5 6HN
St Joseph s Catholic College
Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN33LR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

A degree with at least 50% of content related to your teaching specialism. In order to access any bursaries, the degree needs to be 2:2 or above.

Strong candidates that show at interview that they have outstanding qualities may be considered with less than 50% related content and offered to attend a subject knowledge enhancement course.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

If your qualifications are from overseas, you will need to demonstrate their equivalence or you may need to sit equivalency tests. Visit Naric or equivalency testing for more information.

Personal qualities

The most effective teachers are reflective. They consistently and critically review their practice to identify areas of strength and to develop strategies that will help to deliver greater pupil progress. The ability to self-reflect and to put into practice feedback from your mentor will be essential. You will also need to show resilience throughout this challenging and rewarding training year.

Other requirements

You will need to be able to discuss at interview some recent experience that you have of being in a school. If you would like some help in organising this, please contact the partnership and we can arrange for you to spend some time in schools across the partnership at a time which is convenient for you.

Offers of a place on the STTP are conditional on a satisfactory DBS criminal records check.

Fees and financial support

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

Please note that fees are subject to final confirmation from The University of the West of England. You may be eligible for help with your tuition costsTeacher training funding

About the training provider

The Swindon Teacher Training Partnership (STTP) comprises five schools and offers an exciting opportunity to train as a secondary school teacher with a ‘hands on’ approach.

You will gain experience of the classroom environment from day one as you observe experienced practitioners and, under their mentorship, begin to develop your own teaching practice as you take on responsibility for planning and delivering lessons at a pace that suits you.

As part of a cohort of trainees, you will receive training in the fundamental aspects of teaching: how to manage behaviour for effective learning; how to plan lessons that maximise progress for pupils; how to effectively check for pupil understanding and provide intervention when necessary etc.

This in-school, practical experience, is underpinned by the academic expertise of the University of the West of England (UWE) who will deliver aspects of the core teacher training programme and guide you through the academic assignments that will lead to the PGCE qualification.

STTP is the only secondary training partnership based solely in Swindon. This means that your placement schools will be within the town at one of our five partner schools: Lydiard Park Academy; Abbey Park School; Commonweal School; St Joseph’s Catholic College and Highworth Warneford School.

Within the partnership we can offer you experience of Sixth Form teaching and the opportunity to work with pupils that have additional needs. If you would like more information or to contact us directly, visit STTP.org.uk.

Applications close 30th June.

About the accredited body

UWE Bristol is in the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction and has been awarded the highest possible rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework 2018.

The Guardian ranked UWE as 2nd in the UK for education in their 2020 university league table. UWE students are extremely positive about their experience and the faculty remain committed to providing a teacher training experience which enables trainees to graduate as skilled and thoughtful practitioners.

Interview process

Interviews will be carried out via Microsoft TEAMS throughout the year as long as places remain available.

Successful applicants will be asked in advance to prepare a five minute presentation outlining their motivation for secondary teaching and to plan a lesson to meet specific learning objectives. The interview will begin with the presentation and the applicant will have the opportunity to talk through the process of planning the lesson.

The interview will be with the STTP lead and a representative from the subject.

The interview is a good opportunity for you to reflect on any recent classroom experience that you have had. This may be part of an employed role that you have had or observations that you have carried out as part of your research into a teaching career. Please contact us if you would like to visit a school before submitting your application,

Any offers made by the STTP are conditional on:

  • A DBS check and satisfactory checks to cover any time spent overseas.
  • Provision of original documentary evidence of degree and GCSE qualifications.

In some cases, it may be necessary for you to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE) before your training begins, this can be discussed at interview.

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 are able to provide full access and support for disabilities Please contact the STTP if you would like to discuss your specific needs and how we could support you.

Contact this training provider

Grange Park Way
Grange Park

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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