Completion of this course will provide you with a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This course provides you with placements in two schools.
One day a week will be spent at The University of Bedfordshire in Bedford where you will complete your professional studies.
You will have a mentor in school and a mentor at university.
Your first two weeks are 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 in Bedford to access their professional studies programme.
Secondary candidates will need to organise their own primary placement experience school as part of this course.
This course is an A-B-A model.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Abbey Road, Ramsey, Cambs, PE26 1DG
Littleport & East Cambs Academy
Camel Road, Littleport, Cambs, CB6 1EW
Main Site (Cromwell Community College)
Wenny Road, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE16 6UU
Neale Wade Academy
Wimblington Road, March, Cambs, PE15 9PX
Sir Harry Smith
Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, Cambs, PE7 1XB
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
You will need to be prepared to work hard and be flexible and resilient.
You will need to complete a DBS check and will need to be in good general health.
This course requires a commitment to travel to Bedford.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
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.
You will interview twice.
Once with The University of Bedfordshire and again on a separate occasion with the Professional Tutor at Cromwell Community College.
The University of Bedfordshire will provide details about their interview process once shortlisted.
For your interview at Cromwell you will be asked to complete the following tasks:
Share your views about why you’d like to be a teacher as a written task.
Complete a face to face interview with a panel.
Complete a classroom based exercise, where you will be observed interacting with children or young people or teaching a portion of a lesson.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Cromwell Community College Wenny Road Chatteris Cambridgeshire PE16 6UU
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).