Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Cumbria Primary Teacher Training Primary (2H44)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

The course is solidly based on the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status and embeds the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Core Content Framework and thus covers all the varied demands made on the modern primary teacher from recent developments in the curriculum. We are supported in this by the school-centred nature of our course. Our School Integrated Learning systems follow the curriculum delivery cycle of assessment, planning, delivery, practice, review and improve. Which makes for very effective learning and allows us to work to our key belief that, if our trainees are to attain their full learning potential, it is essential for us to model best practice. It is also worth noting that, even though trainees will be working at post-graduate level and in a highly critical and analytical manner, all of our course content is directly and practically relevant to making them first-rate classroom practitioners.

All of the tutors and mentors working with our trainees are established, expert classroom practitioners.

Our target award for all our candidates is a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS.) The PGCE offers sixty credits at masters’ degree level (approximately a third of a masters’ degree.) However we recognise that the needs of all learners are different and therefore the course is designed flexibly to allow multiple exit qualifications: PGCE plus QTS; QTS only; and Professional Graduate Certificate of Education only.

School placements

As a SCITT, the CTT partnership of schools currently comprises 17 good and outstanding schools based in and around West Cumbria.

Our partner schools are all located on the fringe of the Lake District, adjacent to some of the most beautiful parts of the country. All of the CTT schools are located within a 40 minute drive of the training centre in Workington. Some of our schools are difficult to reach via public transport, so placements are organised with an awareness of your travel capabilities.

A strength of our programme is the opportunity for trainees to engage with a diverse range of teaching and training experiences. The school catchments are contrasting, with schools covering urban areas, small towns and very rural regions.

During the Autumn term trainees will undertake subject based, research focused, mini-placements on the core subjects, concluding the Autumn term with an extended placement of 4 weeks.

During the Spring term trainees will undertake subject based, research focused, mini-placements on the foundation subjects, concluding the Spring term with an extended placement of 5 weeks.

The final school based extended placement will take place during the Summer term and is 10 weeks.

In all placements you will be supported by expert colleagues/mentors in the delivery of your lessons. The first extended placement will focus on the core subject areas. The second placement will further develop your teaching of the core subject areas and also foundation subjects. In the third placement you will develop your teaching skills in all areas, moving towards full time teaching by the end of the placement.

You will also experience strategic facility teaching opportunities.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Personal qualities

We look for individuals who have the potential to be inspirational teachers. You should be enthusiastic and committed with a love of learning.

You should be polite, considerate and positive with an ability to form strong working relationships with children and colleagues.

You should have strong, foundation skills and subject knowledge that, combined with the attitudes above and our support, will allow you to progress well against the QTS standards.

Other requirements

  • Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.

  • Have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children.

  • Present strong references from a main tutor of the most recent University attended (or current employer if you left University more than five years ago) and from a school if you have worked, or volunteered in one.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Cumbria Teacher Training offers excellent primary initial teacher training centered around an ambitious and research focused curriculum.

Perhaps most importantly, our course is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Course (SCITT) and is directed by head teachers who ensure your learning is completely focused on working with and in good and outstanding schools. Your learning is enhanced by being integrated with the training programmes of the Newcastle Research School, giving the benefits of current research in teaching. This places us at the cutting-edge of teacher training and is a direct cause of our levels of trainee satisfaction; and employment statistics being well above the sector averages.

Our innovative School Integrated Learning systems ensure all your learning is focused and follows the ITE Core Content Framework. All of the mentors who will work with you are expert colleagues.

We offer focused, subject and phase based mini-placements on both core and foundation subjects. The mini-placements are based around the curriculum delivery cycle, where training is delivered by expert colleagues, the Newcastle Research School, school based research/practice and review of learning. Further to this we offer 3 extended phase based placements in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Our PGCE course is delivered here at CTT centre by Sheffield Hallam University and is purposefully integrated into our training and your school based learning.

Interview process

Feedback indicates that we have a very welcoming and friendly selection procedure that puts prospective candidates at their ease and allows them to relax and give of their best. This includes a thorough briefing pack that allows candidates to prepare thoroughly and to know exactly what is expected of them.

We take your application and selection very seriously and it involves the full spectrum of CTT staff: the SCITT Lead; head teachers of CTT Board; the Senior Administrator; and school-based mentors. You can be sure of a friendly, interested, welcoming, fair but very thorough approach.

Selection begins with careful scrutiny of application forms. You will always receive personal feedback on your application, whether or not you are successful.

If you are then invited for interview you will be asked to:

  • Discuss a story that you would choose to read with a group of children and explain your reasons for this choice.
  • Complete a co-operative group discussion task with interviewers.
  • Complete a written task based on the above.
  • Give a short presentation.
  • Answer questions in a traditional interview.

You will be informed on the day if we are going to offer you a place or not and, whatever the decision, you will receive detailed feedback on how you acquitted yourself.

CTT is committed to safeguarding and we build this into our selection procedures. All centre staff involved in selection are trained in safe recruitment and all our schools have similar training, policies and procedures in place.

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

CTT is a growing course with a great reputation for friendliness and providing supportive, individualised learning.

We welcome students with disabilities or other needs. As we are a small organisation, we are able to uniquely tailor support for your individual needs and provide support where necessary.

At CTT, you will be part of a course whose experiences are tried and trusted.

All candidates including those with disabilities and other needs have an initial fit to work assessment and from these relevant support programmes can be designed and implemented.

Although accessibility does vary between different locations, every endeavour is made to accommodate an individual’s needs.

Trainees are supported throughout the course and if any issues or concerns arise they are dealt with promptly.

Contact this training provider

01900 606855
Islay Place
CA14 3XB

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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022