Richmond Teaching School Alliance
Primary (3B8M)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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.

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


About the course

The School Direct PGCE programme runs from September to the end of June. During your training you will spend most of your time based in a school, working alongside experienced teachers and leaders. You will also attend a series of training sessions at St Mary’s University, designed to support your development in specific areas of teaching, such as:

  • safeguarding
  • behaviour management
  • assessment
  • teaching pupils with special needs
  • teaching pupils with English as an additional language
  • subject knowledge

The majority of your training will be ‘on-the-job’ training and will gradually prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need for your future teaching career.

During the course you will be assessed through formal observations of your teaching and the compilation of a portfolio of evidence against the Teacher Standards. There will also be a number of academic assignments to complete during your training year.

How school placements work

All of our schools are based in and around Richmond and Twickenham. We offer places in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Your main school placement will be based upon your personal preference and an interview by the School Direct PGCE team and St Mary’s University .

You will be required to teach in two different schools during your training year and in two different key stages.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,240

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for ‘home fee status’ and can access financial support.

Financial support

You may also 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.



Minimum requirements are:

  • Honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject
  • GCSE English language, mathematics and science (grades C/4 or above) or equivalent (please note, only one equivalency test will be accepted).
  • You will also be required to complete English and Maths competency tests before starting the course.

If you hold a qualification from another country, you will need to present a letter from NARIC to prove your qualification is equivalent to the UK qualification stated above.

Personal qualities

Use the personal statement in your application to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.

You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with children – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you acquire some before making the decision to become a teacher.

Other requirements

DBS and medical clearance is required prior to commencement of the course. This is obtained through St Mary’s University.

About the training provider

We offer School Direct PGCE places for applicants wishing to train in primary schools in the Richmond, Surrey.
By training with us you will gain guidance and support from a wide range of excellent teachers and leaders, all experienced in supporting trainees and newly qualified teachers in school based settings; giving you the best preparation for your future career.

About the accredited body

We work closely with our partner university, St Mary’s University in Twickenham, recently graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for initial teacher training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support trainees with disabilities and other needs, including support with:

  • dyslexia
    • physical, hearing and visual impairments

Access for applicants with physical disabilities varies from school to school, please enquire for more details.

Contact details

Trafalgar Infants School
Gothic Road


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Support and advice

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