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Thorndown Primary School Primary (3FRH)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
University of Bedfordshire
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

From the beginning of the academic year, you will be a full member of a school in Huntingdonshire and engage in all areas of school life. From day one you will be observing, working, teaching and learning in a classroom. You will be based in your school 4 days a week where you will gradually build up your teaching time, observe examples of best practice, participate in group activities and wider professional development. You will have a dedicated mentor who will meet with you formally once a week to discuss your progress and help you succeed. On a Friday, your dedicated to your professional development sessions will be delivered at the University of Bedfordshire Campus in Bedford.

School placements

We will place you in a school inside our partnership area of Central Bedfordshire and within one hour journey from the Bedford Campus and your term time address.

We offer primary training . All trainees are allocated a main placement school which they are based in during the Autumn term. During the Spring and Summer term trainees have a second placement school where they develop their skills in an alternative Key Stage. Throughout your placement, you will have a dedicated mentor who will support you and work closely with our team. Information regarding all of our placement schools is available on our website We will consider specific requests made by you but may not be able to guarantee your first choice of placement school. Reasonable consideration will be given for travel and personal circumstances but it is not guaranteed.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must possess, or be working towards achieving a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree. All applicants must have GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C/4 English language must have a valid IELTS certificate with an average score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each area.) All applicants must successfully pass the NCTL pre course skills test prior to starting the course, you do not need to have passed the tests prior to attending an interview.

Personal qualities

Demand for places on the course is very high, so you must also: be able to communicate clearly and in spoken and written English, with a good understanding of correct grammar achieve clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service at the start of the course. You must not have previously been excluded from teaching or working with children meet all the Department for Education entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education courses including suitability and fitness to teach checks

Other requirements

Work experience in a school is highly desirable but not essential. The University of Bedfordshire will complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a medical check, which is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Thorndown Primary School in collaboration with the HE provider University of Bedfordshire, are pleased to offer School Direct places for Initial Teacher Training. Our training will provide trainees with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from the University of Bedfordshire. Places are available in an excellent and varied network of schools across the Huntingdon and St Ives area. The schools who are partnered with the Thorndown will offer high quality training for trainees who wish to train to teach in Primary Phases. You will be assigned an experienced mentor in your placement school to support you through your day to day and also a link tutor to guide and assess you through each stage. Your wellbeing and success is our priority.

About the accredited body

This course is designed for you spend four days in the classroom and one day a week in the University

Interview process

We have a thorough interview process to ensure that we are matching potential trainees to the right schools. Our interviews involve: candidates deliver child activity (teaching) in our school a formal interview a formal interview process at the University of Bedfordshire’s, Bedford Campus. Full details are provided prior to the interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We value inclusion and are committed to equitable treatment and elimination of discrimination in all its forms at all levels and throughout all programs and training. All schools within the schools offering School Direct placements have full disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so they can be considered for placements accordingly. For more information please view disability access information on the University of Bedfordshire website.

Contact this training provider

Thorndown Primary School
Hill Rise
St Ives
PE27 6SE

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