Futures Teaching Primary (A817)

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

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
Financial support

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

The School Direct (salaried) PGCE Primary course, although an academic qualification, is rooted in gaining practical experience.

The course aims:

  • to give practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
  • to build confidence and help you reflect on your professional practice
  • for you to develop innovative teaching approaches
  • to build confidence in designing and implementing stimulating resources for use in primary schools
  • to give you skills to adapt your teaching to respond to different pupil needs and wellbeing
  • to manage pupils’ behaviour whilst maintaining a purposeful learning environment
  • to grow confidence in the latest technologies and multimedia resources

Our goal is to ensure that all of our ITT trainees graduate prepared and inspired to create an exceptional and inspirational learning experience for every child in school.

We encourage a caring and supporting ethos through strong partnerships with our alliance schools. We see our trainees as individuals and will support, challenge and nurture you to become a confident and reflective practitioner in the classroom. No two types of support are the same and this unique approach will allow you to maximise your training year ready to begin your teaching career confident and ready to teach.

During your placements you will be able to teach contemporary methods and practices across a range of ages and abilities in the primary sector. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and delivery of lessons you will gradually build up to whole class teaching.

All trainees will learn to teach across the range of subjects in the primary National Curriculum, with a strong focus on English and mathematics.

Most significant of choosing School Direct (training) is that you get to have a say in which school within the alliance you are placed. We work with you from the start to find the school that suits you and matches your location.

This is an intensive and demanding course, which offers superb preparation for anyone who is committed to educating young people. On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and 90 credits towards a Master’s in Education.

There is also a strong possibility that trainees will be offered a position at their school at the end of the training year, or within Futures Teaching.


School placements

Futures Teaching consists of an alliance of primary and secondary schools. We have long established and loyal partnerships with a wide variety of secondary and primary schools, across a wide geographic area, including Coventry, Hinckley, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Rugby and South Warwickshire.

The alliance will endeavour to allocate school placements located most conveniently to the residence of the trainee. To qualify for QTS we will provide trainees with sufficient time in school to demonstrate they have achieved all the Teacher Standards. You will train in the 5 to 11 age range.

Successful candidates will know which school will be their main placement when they are offered a place. The second (complementary) placement takes place for the whole of the Spring Term. This will be discussed with the trainee and their school mentor before any decisions are made. This will be an opportunity to learn within a new school context and gain exposure to a new range of teaching and learning strategies to develop your practice further. Second placement schools will also offer a contrast in Key Stage and school context. You will be given the opportunity to visit this school prior to the placement to meet key colleagues.

As well as your university mentor, you will have access to a professional mentor at your base school. You will have support every step of the way and will not be expected to fly solo until you feel you’re ready to do so. The expectation is that by the time you finish your course you should be teaching around 70% of a teacher’s full timetable.

80% of a trainee’s timetable will be in the placement school, with some time at university. You will work closely with your Mentor, your consistent and constant guide, with weekly one to one meetings to monitor your progress throughout your placements. You will slowly take over a varied timetable, experiencing different year groups and abilities.

We offer twilight bespoke training sessions to allow you to reach your potential.

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

In accordance with university.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities we are looking for include:

  • Energetic
  • Good communicator
  • Able to inspire and enthuse
  • Good organiser
  • Imaginative and creative
  • Confident and resilient.

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required by this course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

If you are a graduate and wish to train as a teacher but your degree did not provide enough subject specific content for you to gain automatic entry, you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.


This information will be given to applicant.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Futures Teaching is committed to recruiting and training enthusiastic individuals, who are passionate about becoming exceptional teachers. With our partner schools we cover a wide area of the West Midlands including Coventry, Hinckley, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Rugby and South Warwickshire. This geographical diversity provides opportunity for trainees to experience teaching in a wide variety of settings.

Within the alliance there are a range of schools in diverse contexts, including OFSTED ‘Outstanding Providers’, a ‘World Class School’ and another awarded ‘Transforming’ status by the SSAT within the Framework for Exceptional Education.

Futures Teaching is very fortunate to have many exceptional teachers working every day with students and colleagues in learning communities. Our ITT Director, Aidan Jenkins, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship within the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick in recognition of his outstanding partnership work over a number of years.

On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and 90 or 60 Masters credits, depending on which university you choose as your accredited body.

Partner schools of Futures Teaching are committed to the continual professional and personal development of all teachers, through a planned, high quality Continual Professional Development and Learning programme.


By applying to FTA you consent to us sharing your data with interested schools within our alliance.

About the accredited body

Futures Teaching and The University of Warwick have a long and successful partnership in primary and secondary teacher training. The University offers a mixture of academic and practical learning.

On the course you will develop a secure subject knowledge base, and the ability to plan and teach so that all pupils learn and make good progress. You will also learn how to assess and evaluate learning and develop your teaching to ensure progress for all pupils.

All our courses, when successfully completed, lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 90 Level 7 (Masters) credits, and Qualified Teacher Status.

Interview process

The interview process is a chance for you to meet us, as well as us you. We hold interviews in a variety of alliance schools, giving you a chance to see the pupils, meet the Futures Teaching team and also specific school staff who will potentially be supporting you through your training and beyond. The interview may be online.

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:

  • Exploration of curriculum knowledge
  • Discussions about relevant experiences
  • A presentation or small teaching exercise
  • Written or verbal discussion on literacy/numeracy knowledge

Prior to the interview you will be given a topic for a teaching task on which to base a micro lesson. This topic will be delivered to a small group of students. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your wider skills, attitude, aptitude and resilience that can be developed over the training year, rather than assessing specific teaching ability at this stage. You are not a trained teacher and will not be judged as such. Potential to teach is the focus of this exercise.

Towards the end of the interview we will discuss next steps with you; what choices of school you may have, how you can potentially accept our offer and how you can, if you wish, keep in touch with your chosen school, so that when you start the following September you are confident knowing the staff and pupils.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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 encourage applications across the community regardless of race, age, disability, religion and gender.

We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is devised and personalised to be supportive to each trainee. We work closely with our universities (our PGCE validating bodies) to ensure trainee needs are met.

Contact this training provider

President Kennedy School
Rookery Lane
West Midlands

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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