NETT Primary (3DFY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
North Essex Teacher Training (NETT)
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

NETT (Primary) offers a full time, one year course leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (University of Suffolk) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There is an option to opt out of PGCE and take a QTS only route.

The rigorous and relevant school-based programme has been developed by a group of Headteachers in the Tendring area and includes significant school experience, block teaching practices, training and tutorials. The majority of training sessions are delivered at the NETT centre, using other partnership school venues as appropriate. School experience and teaching practices take place in two different schools within the local area. There is a choice of age range: Pathway One 3-7 years (Early Years and Key Stage 1) and Pathway Two 5-11 years (Key Stages 1 and 2).

Please note this course is the same as course 33KX on North Essex Teacher Training (NETT).

School placements

During the Autumn Term, trainees move through a sequence of graduated teaching and learning experiences: observations: one to one work with pupils: group work; collaborative planning and teaching with a Mentor: and finally supervised whole class teaching. The pace of this progression is adjusted according to the trainee’s perceived strengths and needs. By the end of the Autumn Term, all trainees will have taught a number of whole lessons in readiness for the Spring Term.

During the Spring Term placement, trainees are expected to take an active role involving whole class teaching and to record development in key areas. It is expected that during the block practice, trainees will teach and plan for approximately 50% of a teacher’s normal workload.

During the second block practice in the Summer Term the teaching timetable increases to 80% of a primary school teacher’s timetable. The other 20% is made up from PPA time: observing good practice and completing final tasks. By this point in the course, it is necessary to consider new challenges e.g. trainee’s involvement in after-school clubs, community work, organising visits. The need to consolidate experience is vital, yet this placement should not become a plateau of learning.

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 accept equivalencies from: and

Personal qualities

We look for a commitment to lifelong learning, a sense of humour and a genuine ability to engage in the reflective processes required.

We would expect all applicants to have had a minimum of 10 days experience in a school setting before interview. Clear evidence for this should be included on the application form. We reserve the right to offer a place subject to gaining more primary school experience prior to the start of the course.

Other requirements

In order to be accepted onto the course you will also need to meet these criteria:

satisfied the entry qualifications as set out in the NCTL ITT Criteria;

  • presented evidence of a satisfactory enhanced level DBS check; and

  • had a satisfactory medical check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £8,900.

About the training provider

We are a small supportive ITT provider with excellent outcomes and an outstanding employment record. We offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, from the University of Suffolk, with QTS. THE PGCE carries 60 Master’s credits. We offer courses at both primary and secondary level (11-16 years with post 16 enhancement).

Our full time course runs from September to June / July. All trainees have experience in two mainstream schools, covering at least two key stages. There is also the opportunity to train in a Special school and a 6th form college. Most schools are located in the North Essex area (Colchester and the surrounding towns).

For more information, please contact a member of the course team on 01255 431949, email or visit our website

Interview process

  1. Short listing

Applications are first checked against the NCTL criteria for entry to ITT. We look for your experience in a primary school and/or working with primary aged children;

  1. Interviews

The interview consists of a presentation; a practical teaching task with a group of children; a written evaluation of this activity; a formal interview; a written task and a maths test. We are looking for potential to teach; an understanding of the physical and emotional demands of the job (as well as the intellectual capacity needed); and your availability and commitment to the full SCITT programme.

Final Selection

Our decision to offer you a place is made based on recommendations from all members of the partnership involved in the interview process. You are selected on your merit, taking into account all elements of the selection process.

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 regularly train teachers with disabilities. We aim to enable all trainees to reach their potential and make reasonable adjustments if necessary. We work with the University of Suffolk to provide student support for dyslexic trainees and offered wellbeing as part of our training course.

Contact this training provider

01255 431949
Tendring Education Centre
Jaywick Lane
CO16 8BE

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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