Hillingdon Primary School (The Elliot Foundation Teaching School)
Primary (H324)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Hillingdon SCITT
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course is designed for applicants who want to train to teach children aged 3-7 years. Hillingdon SCITT trainees will train to teach in two consecutive Primary Key Stages (EYFS and KS1).

During the initial teacher training year Hillingdon SCITT trainees will not only learn about pedagogy in general but they will also learn about phase specific pedagogy. Simultaneously trainees will also be given the opportunity to improve and expand their subject knowledge. Trainees will also experience some KS2.

All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of observing and learning from experienced colleagues, teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, as well as professional development. The 5th day will be a Professional Learning day with Hillingdon SCITT, which will be held at Bishop Ramsey CE School (which is where Hillingdon SCITT is based) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, trainees will undertake an Enquiry Based Pedagogy Project of their choice.

Trainees will have placements in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will be able to observe teaching and learning in other educational settings eg. Special Schools and Secondary Schools. Whilst on placement, the amount of lessons that a fee funded (unsalaried) trainee will be expected to teach is incremental according to each training phase. A teaching timetable will be created that is bespoke to each trainee based upon their prior experience and readiness to teach.

Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them as well as Phase and Subject Leads from Hillingdon SCITT. To achieve QTS, all trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against their mastery of the ITE Curriculum as well as the Teachers’ Standards.

Trainees who meet requirements of the PGCert for Brunel University will have the opportunity to study for this alongside the QTS (QTS is accredited by Hillingdon SCITT). There will be 3 assignments for this during the training year.

Interview process

In conjunction with Hillingdon Primary School, Hillingdon SCITT will co-ordinate the recruitment process.

The interview process, which is rigorous and thorough, will involve a full day spent at one of the Partner Schools, which is likely to be the main placement training school for the duration of the training year.

The recruitment day includes:

  • Teaching a lesson or working with a group of students which will be observed by a qualified teacher (applicants will be given the information in advance about the content of the lesson, the duration and the age group that they will be teaching)
  • A short presentation (applicants will be given the information prior to the interview to prepare for the presentation)
  • Literacy and Numeracy tests (these are internal Hillingdon SCITT tests to assess the applicant’s fundamental skills in English and Maths)
  • Interview (the panel will consist of representatives from Hillingdon SCITT and the Partner School)
  • There may also be the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and possibly a tour of the school.

How school placements work

During the training year, trainees will teach in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will spend the majority of the year in 1 Partner School (where they were interviewed). The 2nd placement is for the duration of 6 weeks, where trainees will be placed in a contrasting school.

Trainees who wish to specialise in teaching and learning children with special educational needs and disabilities can opt to have one of their placements in a Special School.

Most of the Partnership Schools are located within a few miles from Hillingdon Primary School. Our Partner Schools have excellent public transport links including buses and the National Rail network (underground and overground). Full directions to the schools in the Partnership can be found on their websites. Central London is within easy reach.

Brunel University is located in Uxbridge, North-West London. The nearest underground station is Uxbridge, from which it is about 15 minutes’ walk from the Main Site Campus or a short bus ride.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,100

The cost of the QTS and PGCert combined is £9100.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

The following types of funding available for teacher training. The type of funding available will depend upon your circumstances.

  • Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  • Additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability



For entry onto an initial teacher training course, the following qualifications are required:

  • Applicants will need to have a degree (or equivalent) to train on Hillingdon SCITT’s postgraduate initial teacher training courses. Applicants with a 2:2 or above from the UK or equivalent will be eligible to take the PGCert. Applicants with a 3rd will only be eligible for the QTS.
  • Applicants will need at least a Grade C or 4 in GCSE/equivalent in Science, English and Maths.

If applicants have completed their undergraduate degree or secondary schooling internationally, Hillingdon SCITT will require a NARIC equivalence.

Personal qualities

Hillingdon SCITT are looking for ambitious applicants who are passionate, enthusiastic, committed and have a desire to share that with children and young people of all abilities.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will be subject to:

  • Disclosure Barring Service checks
  • Health and physical capacity to teach
  • Childcare disqualification

About the training provider

Hillingdon Primary School is an outstanding academy in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The school was accredited as a Teaching School in 2017 and has been successfully supporting trainee teachers to be outstanding, passionate practitioners ever since.

Our school motto is Learning and Achieving Together: we apply this not only to our students, but all of the adults we work with. We understand that teachers are always learning, just as children do, and are proud to provide opportunities for professional development to teachers at all stages in their career, from those just starting out on their teaching journey to those looking to take on senior leadership posts.

We are a Lead School for Hillingdon SCITT, an Ofsted Outstanding Provider in all categories for teacher training, and recruit trainees for carefully selected primary partner schools throughout Hillingdon and neighbouring London Boroughs, including community schools, academies and faith schools.

We work closely with Hillingdon SCITT to ensure that our trainees feel supported and valued from day one. Your wellbeing is important to us: we care that you have a good work-life balance as we understand that this is when teachers perform at their best and children benefit the most.

Visit our website to learn more, or alternatively drop us an email if you have a specific question: we are always happy to hear from potential teachers and will do our best to help.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Hillingdon Primary School is an inclusive school, committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs. Please let us and Hillingdon SCITT know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact details

01895 590087
Hillingdon Primary School
UB10 0PH


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