Educate Teacher Training
Primary (38NN)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Primary trainees choose an age range focus of either 3-7 or 5-11 within the Primary 3-11 phase. Primary SCITT trainees spend a full-time year teaching and training in schools, but also attend provider-led lecture/workshop sessions to enhance understanding of the Primary curriculum (including Phonics and Early Reading), general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy. Centralised core training days cover content such as Behaviour Management, an Environment for Learning, Planning and Differentiation, Diversity, Inclusion and SEND, Assessment, Improving Classroom Practice, ICT and e-safety. This is supplemented by opportunities to observe other teachers in a range of school settings and to undertake a variety of school based training enhancements. All trainees submit three assignments throughout the year as an integral part of the teaching and assessment programme:

  1. A School Based Independent Study (a Child Study)
  2. Teaching and Learning through a Scheme of Work
  3. Effective Assessment

Trainees are continually assessed on their developing teaching ability, demonstrated through their impact on pupil progress, through an ongoing process of observation and feedback by their school based trainers and mentors. Final assessment is made on a trainee’s ability to exceed the minimum level of the Teachers’ Standards to a good or outstanding standard and to provide evidence, over the course of the year, to show how this has been done.

Interview process

After UCAS application, suitable candidates are invited to a selection event at Educate Teacher Training’s central Training Centre in Grantham. The selection event will consist, as a minimum, of

  • the assessment of personal qualities and attributes
  • assessment of the ability to communicate effectively
  • an assessment of the literacy and numeracy skills required to teach
  • an evaluation of current educational knowledge and understanding
  • a presentation
  • an interview. Please note that an offered place is subject to the endorsement of a base training school. The Head teacher will apply appropriate procedures to ascertain a candidate’s suitability to be a teacher, usually based on observations of personal characteristics and interaction with staff and pupils whilst in the school and classroom.

How school placements work

For our SCITT programme, candidates find their own school in which to train. This gives schools and candidates a unique element of choice and independence. It allows candidates to approach schools according to their own preference of location and type. Trainees spend the majority of the year in their base training school but have a six-week placement in a contrasting school. Primary (3-11) trainees choose to focus their training on either the 3-7 or 5-11 age range and so the contrasting placement helps to ensure that their programme covers no fewer than four school years. The programme is also supplemented by shorter placement visits to a special school, a 0-3 setting, a Secondary setting and a school with EAL provision. The Educate SCITT partnership is currently spread across training hubs centred in Grantham, Leeds and Middlesbrough. Trainees need to be able to travel to one of these centres for their provider-led training days.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,750
EU students £8,750

The QTS programme with PGCE costs £8,750, for which a student tuition fee loan can be accessed.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



An undergraduate degree.

GCSE Maths, English and Science at a standard equivalent to Grade 4.

Personal qualities

We are looking for confident and capable applicants who demonstrate true commitment to a teaching career and a robust, determined, positive attitude. We are looking for trainees who can fit very well into their school team, who can respond positively to feedback and who can make a valuable contribution to school life. We are not looking for a ‘finished product’ but for trainees who demonstrate real potential to succeed. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively with a whole range of people and be engaging, warm and sociable. They should be organised, prepared and professional.

Other requirements

Enhanced Criminal Record Check.

About the training provider

If you want to gain QTS through a practical, ‘hands-on’, school-based route, the Educate Teacher Training programme is for you. Educate is a large, National SCITT provider, with a long-standing reputation for successful Primary and Secondary QTS programmes based in varied and diverse partner schools. You have the unique opportunity to train in a school near to where you live and regularly meet with other trainees through regional training hubs. Successful applicants to the QTS programme also gain a PGCE (60 Master’s credits), validated by Leeds Beckett University, as part of a framework which directly applies theory to practice. Trainees enjoy the advantage of an ‘on the job’ experience, where the realities of life as a teacher are fully explored and understood. The majority of time is spent in a base school, where trainees are supported by expert practitioners, individual mentors and a personal Link Tutor to meet the Teachers’ Standards. ‘Programme leaders are highly sensitive to the well-being of their trainees. They ensure that they provide timely and appropriate support to those trainees whose personal circumstances require it. Trainees appreciate this support’ (Ofsted, 2018). Training sessions on specific subject knowledge and general classroom practice, supplement the incomparable first-hand experience which is gained from being the member of a school community for a year. A range of contrasting placements and visits mean that trainees gain a rich appreciation of comparable age ranges, curriculum expectations, teaching strategies, inclusion, diversity and Special Educational Needs. Employment rates following this programme are consistently high.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Educate Teacher Training has a designated tutor for trainees with disabilities and other needs. We take steps, before the programme begins, to fully assess the needs of trainees so that all aspects of the course are accessible to them and personal requirements accommodated.

Educate have, in the past, supported trainees with dyslexia, physical impairment and mental health conditions to successfully complete their course. We take a collaborative approach to ensure that study needs assessment reports, school partners and university colleagues are consulted to design a complete package of personal support.

Contact details

01476 512793
The Priory
7 Market Place
NG31 6LJ


Applications for this academic year (2020 to 2021) are now closed.

Come back from 6 October 2020 to find out if this course is available for the next academic year.

Training locations

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
East Midlands
The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LJ
No E
London (Barnet or Islington)
Grasvenor Academy, Grasvenor Avenue, Barnet, Herts, EN5 2BY
No F
Main Site
The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LJ
Yes -
North East
Hartlepool/Middlesbrough Training Hub, Hartlepool, TS24 8NQ
No A
South East
No D
West Midlands
LEEDS or GRANTHAM HUB, Leeds or Grantham, B5
No C
Yorkshire & the Humber
Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, Church Wood Avenue, Leeds, LS16 5LF
No B

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