Cromwell Community College; an Active Learning Trust school
Religious Education (39KD)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
University of Bedfordshire
Financial support
Bursary or 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The course is designed to help you fulfil a wider teaching role, including that of pastoral care, within your chosen educational context.

Completion of this course will provide you with a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Our course provides you with placements in two contrasting secondary schools and one day a week will be spent with our partners at The University of Bedfordshire. You will have experienced subject specialist mentors in both of your placement schools as well as a team of academic staff ready to guide and assist you at University.

You will be given the opportunity to follow a professional development programme throughout the year and you can expect to attend a range of lectures and seminars as well as, of course, lots of hands-on classroom experience. You will be introduced to your new role in stages, beginning with observation and work with individual pupils, then small groups and eventually you will be working with your own classes on 80% of a regular teacher’s timetable.

Assessment is carried out across both placements against the Teachers’ Standards.

When you decide to apply to train to teach with us, you will be choosing a provider with decades of experience. Our experienced teaching staff will provide you with lots of advice, challenge and support.

Interview process

All our trainees who are shortlisted for interview are typically invited to complete some of the following activities:

  • Share your views about why you’d like to be a teacher.

  • Complete a face to face interview with a small panel.

  •  Complete a classroom based exercise, where you will be observed interacting with children or young people.

When you’re shortlisted, we’ll tell you exactly what to expect.

How school placements work

Your first two weeks are typically spent on the University campus.

Thereafter, most of your training weeks involve 4 days a week in your placement school teaching, planning and observing and one day a week at university working on teaching pedagogy, helping you learn the skills to make you an effective teacher.

We always aim to place candidates in schools which match their needs. We will do everything we can to match your ability to travel to the schools we place you in.

We operate an A-B-A model. This means that you’ll begin and end at one school, and spend time in your second contrasting placement school in the second, middle term.


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

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



  • A degree in the subject area you want to teach or a degree with a substantial portion relevant to National Curriculum programmes

  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent)

  • Recent experience in a school is highly desirable

Personal qualities

We’re looking for applications from people who are motivated to work with children in order to help them achieve their very best.

We also think it’s helpful to be resilient, hard-working, inquisitive and have a good sense of humour.

Other requirements

In addition to your degree and GCSEs in English and maths, you’ll need to complete a DBS check and will need to be in good general health.

About the training provider

Cromwell Community College has decades of experience in teacher training. We are a Lead School at the heart of our community. We offer a unique teacher training course which will help you realise your potential as a secondary school teacher.

Teaching is a vibrant, fast-paced and exciting career and we’d love you to train with us here at Cromwell. We have a friendly, experienced team who work with our trainees at the very start of their journey in order to ensure that our trainees get the very best teacher training around. When you make your application to train to teach through us we’ll make sure you learn with us and our partner schools in the local area.

We have a dedicated and well-equipped training room specifically reserved for our trainee teachers. This provides you with a quiet and secure base where you can work, meet to exchange ideas and experiences with others or simply make a coffee and have a biscuit.

In addition to providing the highest standards and quality of training, Cromwell also provides all trainees with a laptop and a dedicated continuing professional development library. In addition to the Professional Studies course provided by our partners at the University of Bedfordshire, Cromwell delivers bespoke in house training from an experienced team of teachers and leaders. This rigorous and energising teacher training programme has helped us to achieve 100% employment for all Cromwell trainees in recent years.

For more information, reach out to us and we’ll be in touch.

About the accredited body

Aspirational partnership, inspirational teaching .

Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates

Our Initial Teacher Education Partnership We are proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of our strong and effective partnership with over 250 schools across the region. This strong relationship is reinforced by working with a number of School Direct partners in both the primary and secondary phases.

Grade 2 for our ITE provision;

Grade 1 for the quality of leadership & management across the partnership for Secondary.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support applications from learners with a range of backgrounds and needs, including:

  • dyslexia
  • physical, hearing and visual impairments
  • mental health conditions

Please reach out to us if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help.

Contact details

Cromwell Community College
Wenny Road
PE16 6UU


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