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Cumbria Education Trust Primary (X582)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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


Course summary

The award of PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is widely recognised within the teaching profession and it is a qualification that carries a high status. By studying for a PGCE with QTS with Cumbria Education Trust in conjunction with the University of Cumbria, you will be getting the best of all worlds. Links with a University that traces its teacher training routes back to 1891 and direct involvement with the most established Multi Academy Trust in Cumbria employing more than 700 staff across our schools.

Your programme will enable you to learn through a structured interplay of theory and practice. More than half of your time will be spent in school, observing experienced, expert teachers, supporting learning in the classroom and planning and teaching ever-growing sequences of lessons – learning how to apply skills and concepts to the classroom context.

You will study a range of modules including 2 at Masters level and these will help you reflect and analyse children as learners, cross-curricular learning and teaching and innovative teaching approaches. The academic part of the course allows you to study curriculum, pedagogy and aspects of professional life (including leadership) well beyond the statutory requirements

School placements

You will have three placements at Cumbria Education Trust schools across the Primary age range. Each school has a designated mentor to support you in your placement. Because of our wide geographical spread we can support you with a placement that is in the right place and has the right travel time for you. The school have the same base curriculum, the same ethos and linked policies making it easy for you to settle into your placements.

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 ask candidates to use a third party - A* Equivalency and Equivalency testing

Personal qualities

In CET we look for people who are keen and willing to learn. We expect children to always come first. Our core values are Respect, Responsibility and Resilience - staff lead by example and demonstrate these values to pupils every day. We aim to use research to inform our practice and to ensure that we are always the best that we can be.

Other requirements

Ideally applicants will have undertaken, or are willing to commit to undertake 2 weeks of school based experience. We are happy to talk about this with candidates.

Fees and financial support

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

The stated fees are subject to government guidance

About the training provider

If you are keen to develop and progress, if you want to build a career based on research and learning from others and if you want to be supported and nurtured from Early Career Teacher all the way to Specialist Teacher and School Leader, then this is the course for you.

Cumbria Education Trust are a Multi Academy Trust currently consisting of 8 primary and 3 secondary schools serving a wide range of different communities across Cumbria.

Our PGCE pathway is run in conjunction with the University of Cumbria and allows trainee teachers to develop their pedagogy teaching using our base curriculum, utilising shared resources and planning whilst allowing every school and every teacher to express their individuality.

Teaching with us will allow you to explore your interests through a wide range of 27 collaborative groups (English, Maths, every key Stage, SEND, MFL, Media communication etc) across our Trust gaining insight and knowledge from experienced professionals.

Visits to a wide range of diverse schools are built into our programme enabling you to learn more and learning quickly.

Interview process

We interview in conjunction with the University of Cumbria throughout the year increasing the number of interview slots available. There will be a mini teach task, a group discussion and a one to one interview.

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

As a Trust we believes that all staff, and those working with us, with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health, should be properly supported so that they can play a full and active role in school life,

We also understand that health needs may change over time, in ways that cannot always be predicted and our arrangements take this into account.

We acknowledge that many medical conditions require additional support and resources and we will endeavour to provide and make the necessary arrangements for that support.

In addition to the educational impacts, as a Trust we realise that there are social and emotional implications associated with medical conditions. Trust policies and procedures will aim to support both the physical and emotional impact of any medical condition.

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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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