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Cumbria 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course is solidly based on the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status and thus covers all the varied demands made on the modern primary teacher from recent developments in the curriculum to using puppets to enhance children’s learning. We are greatly helped in this by the school-centred nature of our course. Our School Integrated Learning systems follow a cycle of briefing/ modelling/ practice/ reflection, 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 have established and successful track records as primary practitioners. All are still full-time classroom teachers or head teachers and all still regularly work teaching primary age children.

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 26 good and outstanding schools based in and around West Cumbria. Uniquely, your training with us will include 5 different school placements, enabling you to work in a breadth of age groups and school types.

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.

The first three placements are relatively short, varying from four to six weeks in length. Each trainee will receive a placement in an Early Years (2-5 years), Key Stage One (5-7 years) and Key Stage Two (7-11 years) setting. Placements One and Two occur before Christmas and the third commences shortly into the new year.

In these first three placements, you will be supported by our expert mentors in planning and delivering your first lessons. As the placements progress, you will be supported to plan children’s learning; covering the range of contexts and age ranges in your placements and will be supported in transferring this knowledge of planning to new contexts as you move to new placements.

Following the third placement, you will decide whether you wish to follow an Early Years pathway and specialise in teaching and learning for 3-7 year old children; or a Primary pathway - specialising in teaching and learning for children aged 5-11. This will then determine the selection of your final two placements. These final two placements are longer in length, varying from six to ten weeks. The fourth placement takes up the remainder of the spring term, whilst the fifth placement covers much of the summer term.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Hold an honours degree of a United Kingdom University of Higher Education Institution with degree awarding powers, or a degree of the CNAA, or a qualification recognised to be equivalent to a UK or CNAA degree.

Please note, we may consider candidates with non-honours degrees who can demonstrate a strong and successful record of working, or volunteering in schools. (Such candidates would only be able to enrol for QTS.)

  • Have attained at least a grade C in the GCSE examination (or equivalent) in Mathematics, English, and 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 2021 to 2022 are £9,000.

About the training provider

Cumbria Teacher Training offers first-rate primary initial teacher training and, as any of our trainees will tell you, there are many benefits to training with CTT.

Perhaps most importantly, our course is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Course (SCITT) and is run by head teachers who ensure your learning is completely focused on working with and in schools. CTT works with two Teaching School Alliances, putting you at the heart of a teaching and learning community that goes far beyond a normal teacher training course. Your learning is enhanced by being integrated with training programmes of the teaching school alliances, giving the benefits of learning alongside qualified teachers. 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 on maximising your attainment against the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. All of the mentors who will work with you are experienced and successful primary practitioners. You even have your own personal, one-to-one, head teacher mentor!

Crucially we offer extended experience (i.e. a minimum of four weeks and up to ten weeks) in five different schools! Compare that to the three different schools typical of university based courses, or the two schools typical of other school direct routes. This means that that we can give you a much broader learning experience, enhancing your skills and your employability.

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.

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 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 5pm (except public holidays).

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