Active Teacher Training History (J747)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
Yorkshire and Humber Teacher Training
Financial support
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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Teaching is a vibrant, fast-paced and exciting career and we’d love you to train with us. We believe that our accredited mentors and support team ensure that we deliver the very best teacher training around.

It’s hands on, hard work in the classroom Monday-Thursdays and then on Friday’s it’s professional studies sessions which are delivered in our brand new in-house teacher training suite on site in Cromwell in Chatteris for trainees in Cambridgeshire or for those studying in Suffolk, your base will be either Ipswich or Lowestoft.

We provide unique teacher training opportunities in a supportive and forward-thinking environment. We believe that our teachers who work in schools day in, day out with young people are best placed to provide teacher training. When you join our training programme you will work alongside an assigned mentor and subject specialist tutor who will provide you with bespoke experiences and challenges to help you make progress each week.

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

During the course, you’ll spend time in two school placements and you’ll be assigned a subject specialist mentor so you’ve always got professional support and guidance.

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

To date, we have helped 100% of our trainees who have wanted our help to find them a job to secure employment.

The teachers in our partnership are outstanding practitioners who share a desire to be at the forefront of curriculum innovation, making learning topical, purposeful and thought-provoking.

We look forward to working with you!

School placements

You will be based in your placement school Monday to Thursday. At this time, you’ll have the opportunity to teach, plan, observe and research.

On Fridays, you’ll be invited into our teacher training centre in Cromwell Community College in Chatteris if you’re based in Cambridgeshire or Ipswich or Lowestoft in Suffolk. This is when you’ll have the opportunity to complete our outstanding professional studies programme which draws on exceptional experts from across our network of schools in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

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.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbey College
Abbey Road, Ramsey, Cambs, PE26 1DG
Chantry Academy
Mallard Way, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9LR
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

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

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.

You’ll need to be a team player as well as be able to work as part of a group. You will have excellent communication skills and presence.

Other requirements

You’ll need to complete a DBS check and should be in good general health.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 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.

Interview process

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

  • Spend some time in school with us to take a tour, meet children and share your views about why you’d like to be a teacher.

  • Complete a face to face interview

  •  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.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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 this training provider

01354 697495
Cromwell Community College
Wenny Road
PE16 6UU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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