Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Futures Teaching Primary (AT01)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

The School Direct (training) PGCE, although an academic qualification, is rooted in gaining practical experience. Teaching such young children will give you the chance to make a hugely positive impact on their lives and education. School Direct Primary teacher training with Futures Teaching will equip you with the skills to support and inspire these young people.

Our goal is to ensure that all of our ITT trainees graduate prepared and inspired to create an exceptional 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. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and delivery of lessons you will gradually build up to whole class teaching.

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.

After Christmas there will also be a complementary placement at one of the other alliance schools. This is an opportunity to develop your practice further. These complementary placements will also offer a contrast in key stage and school context.

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 60 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 11 to 16 age range, however in many of our alliance schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 too.

80% of a trainee’s timetable will be in the placement school, with some time at university. You will work closely with your Subject Mentor, 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. A range of class teachers will be on hand to support you with your Subject Mentor being your consistent and constant guide.

Generally there will be a complementary placement during the Spring Term, lasting approximately 6 weeks. 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.

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.

We would be guided by the university you apply to.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

The DfE is offering tax-free bursaries of £24,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Scholarships worth £26,000 tax-free will be offered in partnership with professional bodies for chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics.

And are also offering a £15,000 tax-free bursary in design & technology, geography, and languages, including ancient languages, and a £10,000 tax-free bursary for biology trainees.


About the training provider

The Futures Teaching is committed to recruiting and training outstanding, enthusiastic individuals, 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 seeks to ‘Build Brighter Futures Together’. Our values are based on the core principles of ‘Students First; No Barriers; It’s About Learning’. 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.

During your training you will have specialist help from our Professional and Subject Mentors and develop your practical skills in the classroom, whilst gaining a theoretical understanding of teaching and learning. There will also be a complementary placement in another of our alliance schools.

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


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

About the accredited body

Newman’s Primary and Secondary PGCE courses offer you strong partnerships with Futures Teaching schools in the West Midlands and South Warwickshire. You will be taught by qualified practitioners who are able to link different perspectives of primary and secondary teaching to the development of your practical skills in the classroom.

All PGCE routes at Newman will provide two opportunities, either:

  • A Professional Graduate Certificate of Education which will prepare applicants for teaching and offers full QTS, or
  • A Postgraduate Certificate of Education which will include 60 credits at Masters level and full QTS.

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 can 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 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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022