Leicestershire and Rutland Initial Teacher Training Mathematics (Z447)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Teach First
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Leicestershire and Rutland Initial Teacher Training is working in partnership with Teach First to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) where you will gain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE.

We use national expertise combined with delivery from local specialists.

Our research-led course will give you plenty of hands-on experience and our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice, to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from September to July. You will have one day a week to engage in training and development , as well as a six-week placement in a different school. The programme balances developing your subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you an understanding of effective teaching methods to manage your workload and wellbeing.

In September, you’ll have two weeks of intensive training, focusing on the core areas of teaching such as behaviour management and lesson planning. You will have a further two weeks of intensive training later in the year.

In your school placement, you will spend your time with other expert teachers, observing their lessons and learning how to teach and plan lessons and throughout the year practise your own teaching. You will work closely with a highly skilled and knowledgeable mentor, alongside other colleagues, who will also receive support and training from.

Your weekly training day is designed in collaboration with Teach First’s expert curriculum designers to make sure you are focused on the areas of teaching that are most relevant to that point in the year. The training will include a mixture of online and face-to-face elements and will ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a great teacher, gain your Qualified Teacher Status and your PGCE.

The programme also includes a six-week placement in another school in January. You will spend time working with children of a different age, this may mean spending time in a nursery, a primary school, a secondary school or in post-16, depending on your specialism. You may also have the opportunity to work with SEND schools across Leicestershire. These experiences will ensure you have a broad experience of teaching and further prepare you for your future career as a teacher.

At the end of the programme, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills to become an effective Early Career Teacher alongside achieving a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.

School placements

Leicestershire and Rutland Initial Teacher Training is based out of the Leicestershire and Rutland Teaching School Hub, having links with over 300 schools across Leicestershire and Rutland, and clear knowledge of how your ITT year will be built upon as you enter the profession as an Early Career Teacher and beyond. With this extensive knowledge of schools Leicestershire and Rutland ITT will therefore be able to place you in local schools that are best suited to you. This extended placement offers ample opportunity to observe and learn from outstanding teachers. You will become a valuable member of that teaching community, working within a supportive team to provide great outcomes for both you and the students. Throughout the course you will be surrounded by support from your school mentor, lead mentor from Leicestershire and Rutland ITT and your fellow trainees.

Trainees can meet regularly to discuss their work and progress with each other, through a practical school-based programme of professional studies. We work closely with Teach First to ensure your training is rigorous, board and tailored to trainees.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

You will need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the subject you are applying to teach, either through your degree qualification, your A Levels or relevant experience.

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

In order to teach Primary, you will also need Grade 4 (C) or above in Science GCSE.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs. Functional skills qualifications are not equivalent to Maths and English GCSEs.

We accept most equivalency test providers. You will need to have passed your GCSE equivalency test before applying to our programme; we will not be able to process your application until you have passed.

Overseas qualifications will be reviewed by ENIC to ensure they meet programme requirements.

Personal qualities

We work with teachers who are committed to pursuing and celebrating success for themselves and their pupils, as well as having a passion for their subject. The PGCE is a challenging course and applicants need a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences, and an aptitude for teaching. Forming relationships and good communication is key as well as being able to both problem solve independently and ask for support when needed.

Other requirements

All offers are subject to satisfactory results from necessary pre-employment checks. Please contact us at contact@lrtshub.org.uk for more information if needed.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Leicestershire and Rutland Initial Teacher Training, offers trainees a strong network of expertise which means that we are at the forefront of innovative practice and research. We can offer trainees the chance to experience contrasting school placements and curricula across our partnership. Working with our Teach First partner, we seek to ensure that trainees graduate from the course feeling supported, confident and well equipped for teaching.

Teach First is a charity that develops teachers and school leaders and supports schools facing the toughest challenges. They have been training teachers for 20 years and are the largest Initial Teacher Training provider in the country. Teach First are committed to driving change in the system by helping all teachers to reach their potential. Teach First have shared expertise from their Ofsted-rated Outstanding Training Programme to develop our high-quality school-centred teacher training programme.

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your application. We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a vocation to work in education and your specialised phase and/or subject.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to interview at a school within the St Thomas Aquinas MAT. The interview day is usually within one week of receiving your application. The interview process will include the following:

opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information

a panel interview

Taking part in a subject specific lesson

subject knowledge assessment

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

Leicestershire and Rutland Initial Teacher Training aims to provide a safe and inclusive working environment for all. Our school-based teams will discuss any additional needs with you prior to placement. Some examples of how we support trainees with disabilities include:

Accessible school placements provided for trainees with a physical disability.

Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of trainees with mental health difficulties.

Slide presentations and resources can be made available to all trainees following training sessions

Parking and transport needs can be considered when choosing your placement schools

Teach First’s vision is to build a fair education for all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our programmes and partnerships. You will have access to our partner university’s support services and we will take a tailored approach to all reasonable adjustments trainees may need. You will be able to apply to Student Finance for additional support dependent on eligibility, for example Disabled Students’ Allowance

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Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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