Chiltern Training Group Design and Technology (Product Design) (37G9)

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
September 2023


Course summary

Chiltern Training Group as an accredited provider of initial teacher training is working in partnership with our hub - Bedfordshire School Partnership to offer high quality training across Luton, Bedfordshire and the neighbouring counties.

Luton training: will take place at Challney High School for Boys, at the CTG training centre.

Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is based at Pix Brook Academy.

You can specify your preferred choice in your personal statement or at your interview.

Course details:

  • 28 years experience of training the highest quality teachers

  • Extremely high employment conversion rates

  • One day of provider led training at your training hub, being taught by outstanding teachers from our amazing partnership schools

  • Subject knowledge training sessions

  • 4 days in school - learning to teach and being immersed in school life

  • Bespoke course that will meet your individual needs

  • Developmental assessment throughout the course

  • Workload managed well though careful course structures and tools we will provide for you

  • Supported by a mentor in your school and a Professional Tutor.

  • Subject Lead mentor will work with you and the other subject trainees throughout your training year

  • High quality planned course which will encompass all you need to learn to be an excellent teacher.

School placements

We work with over 100 schools across our hubs. We always aim to place you in a school near to your home. Placements are structured by:

  • First term, base school placement

  • Term 2, January - Contrasting school placement for 6 weeks (Salaried) and 10 weeks (non-salaried/Tuition Fee)

  • Return to your base school after your contrasting placement for the remainder of course

  • You will have a mentor in each school and a Professional tutor

  • You will have a subject lead mentor, who will work with you and the other subject trainees throughout the year


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
Stoneygate Rd, Luton , LU4 9TJ
The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership
Pix Brook Academy, Arlesey Road, Stotfold, SG5 4HB

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Personal qualities

  • A passion for working with children
  • Confidence
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Understanding
  • Enthusiasm
  • A sense of humour
  • Dedication to excellence
  • Strong command of English both orally and written
  • The ability to communicate in a range of different ways

Other requirements

  • Enhanced DBS Clearance with Update Service

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Chiltern Training Group (CTG) is an outstanding provider (Ofsted, 2014) of school centred initial teacher training based in Luton, now working with two hubs, Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership and The Shire Foundation.

We have a long heritage of training teachers and have been at the forefront of school centred initial teacher training for over 28 years.

We offer

  • Primary and Secondary Teacher Training
  • Outstanding, personalised, high quality training
  • Training facilitated by experts in their subjects and chosen areas
  • Fantastic mentoring and school-based support
  • A blended learning experience where theory and practice merge
  • ‘Learning on the job’ to build skills and confidence
  • Excellent employment and professional development prospects

A full range of training routes are offered from primary aged 3 to secondary aged 18. We believe the best place to train teachers is in schools and have access to an incredible range of different settings. Lower and Primary schools in rural settings, primary multi-ethnic urban schools, middle schools, special schools, upper and secondary high schools as well as a dedicated sixth form college.

Interview process

Our interview process is designed to ensure you have the qualities to successfully train to teach. It will also allow you to meet our wonderful training team.

Before the interview

  • Literacy and Numeracy activity task online

  • Subject knowledge task online

  • Plan a 5 minute lesson

At the interview - online

  • Teach your 5 minute lesson to the interviewer

  • Short written task, reflecting on your lesson

  • interview questions

Stage 2, you may be offered

  • teaching a group of pupils

  • subject knowledge discussion

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

We welcome applicants with disabilities and other needs and where possible reasonable adjustments will be made to carry out your duties and meet the standards of teaching effectively.

We pride ourselves in supporting trainees however small or large your concerns may be. Your teacher training programme will be personalised for you to reach your full potential. This includes a range of academic and professional support from the central team and your placement school as well as your mentor.

Contact this training provider

01582 493 680
Company Secretary Chiltern Learning Trust c/o Denbigh High School
Alexandra Avenue

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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