The Cambridge Partnership Design and technology (M924)

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

Financial support
Bursaries and 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 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

The course is full time with mandatory weekly training sessions each Monday, which augments your subject knowledge for teaching and your general professional development, followed by Tuesday – Friday in a placement school. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning effectively in school.

Over the duration of the course your teaching is continuously assessed, exemplified in Evidence Bundles, monitored by TCP and your school(s). Your teaching will be observed regularly, with feedback to ensure strong classroom practice is developed.

During the course you will receive strong support from The Cambridge Partnership (TCP) in the form of a Subject Specialist Tutor (secondary). Well-being of trainees is crucial, and we have developed a strong mechanism to support trainees in this respect. A qualified counsellor is available at no cost to you.

Trainees will be required to pay tuition fees and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans.

In November 2017, TCP was graded “good” by Ofsted and we shall be pleased if you view our final report on the OfSTED website.

School placements

You will undertake teaching placements in schools within the consortium.

Trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings.

Placement schools are allocated taking into account trainee’s geographical location and individual needs.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site - The Cambridge Partnership
CMAT Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RN
The Pilgrim Partnership - Western hub
The Training Centre, Sharnbrook Academy, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, MK44 1JL

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Please contact TCP for information on which equivalency tests are accepted.

Personal qualities

The Cambridge Partnership (part of Meridian Trust ITT) as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with pupils. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.

Candidates should be aware of contemporary issues in education.

Other requirements

  • Declaration of any convictions
  • An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
  • A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a place
  • Satisfactory clearance for registration
  • Attend induction day Provide original of your GCSE certificate in English Language, science and mathematics confirming your grades meet the entry requirements for teacher training

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

TCP is part of Meridian Trust, a family of 30 schools across primary and secondary. Meridian Trust schools share a vision of education at the heart of local communities. As a Trust we truly value the success of every child and we place the sharing of excellent education practice at the core of this value. We are committed to improving the quality of education and life in the community in which our schools sit, and their immediate surroundings. With this aim, the Trust operates from hubs in Cambridge, Peterborough and Bedfordshire and its staff, pupils and families are spread across the entire area from rural village to inner city estate.

Training the next generation of outstanding teachers is a vital part of our vision for the future. Meridian Trust has a long history of delivering professional training at all levels of a teacher’s career. Our philosophy is to encourage creativity and evaluation to continually push the boundaries of learning.

With us, you will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools within our partnership which covers Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and beyond.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview. Interviews will take place online via Teams until further notice.

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare.

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

The Cambridge Partnership (TCP) welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities. Once accepted on one of our courses, we will ask you to provide detail of your needs so that we can put in place bespoke support for each individual.

At the same time, TCP considers trainee well-being and mental health as crucial in developing outstanding teachers. We have a Cause4Care programme, which provides extra support for trainees who might have temporary or longer term personal challenges that are preventing good progress. We also have a qualified counsellor available to trainees at no cost.

TCP prides itself on its care for trainees with permanent or temporary disability. Quality Assurance data shows no difference in outcomes between trainees with disabilities and others.

Contact this training provider

01223 491630
Meridian Trust - Swavesey Village College
Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey
CB24 4RN

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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