Creative Education Trust English (Z974)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


About the course

This course is supported by University of Warwick and prepares you to teach English to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in English as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.

Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful English teachers.

You will be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

School placements

You will work within the Creative Education Trust at one of our secondary schools in Coventry, Northamptonshire or Milton Keynes.

The School Direct route offers trainees an extended Professional Practice placement in one main school, supplemented by an additional placement (half a term) in a contrasting school.

This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings, whilst allowing you to contribute significantly to the life of your main school.

We ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbeyfield School
Mere Way, Northampton, NN4 8BU
Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane, Coventry, CV7 9AH
Milton Keynes Academy
Fulwoods Drive, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 5LA
Wrenn School
London Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2DQ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Should your degree not be in the subject for which you are applying to teach, you will require a minimum of a Grade C at A level in that subject in order to meet the requirement for recommendation to a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

You may be asked to complete University of Warwick equivalency tests

Personal qualities

Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,110

Fees are for 2022/23 academic year and subject to change.

Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.

Financial support from the training provider

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.

About the training provider

Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Curricular innovation through our Knowledge Connected programmes promotes creative, integrated and pro-active thinking so that our students are equipped for the challenges of the 21st century. This thinking is evident across our ITT model and we ensure that all staff are supported, developed and nurtured.

Creative Education Trust is committed to furthering your career and ensuring you have the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues.

About the accredited body

The qualification gained on our School Direct programme is the same University of Warwick, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as that gained by students on the more traditional University-led teacher training programme and has judged to be “Outstanding” by Ofsted (2015) The University of Warwick has been placed 6th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and has been named by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 as the University of the year for Teaching Quality.

Interview process

Candidates will receive details of their interview directly from the school. Interviews typically consist of:

  • A short lesson on a topic relevant to the class group selected (details will be provided on invitation to interview).
  • A short test to assess the candidates competency to process data and ability to work to the level expected for PGCE.
  • An interview with the Head of Department & the Lead ITT Mentor

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

Creative Education Trust is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane
West Midlands

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 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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