Educate Group Initial Teacher Training Religious Education (38P7)

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

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
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

Secondary 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 Secondary curriculum, the trainee’s main subject, general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy.

Centralised training sessions cover content such as High Expectations, Behaviour Management, How Pupils Learn, Adaptive Teaching, Classroom Practice, Curriculum and Assessment in line with the Core Content Framework. 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. School Based Independent Study
  2. Developing Subject Competency
  3. Professional Values and Practice

Trainees are supported to improve their knowledge, understanding and application of the Educate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Curriculum, leading to the development of classroom practice skills and their professional teaching role. Final assessment is made on a trainee’s ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

School placements

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. The programme is also supplemented by short placement visits to other schools for e.g. a Special School.

To support trainees, provider-led training takes place once a week and is predominantly online, reducing both the time and cost of travel to trainees. Some training may take place face-to-face, where applicable.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bourne Academy
Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9DT
East Midlands
East Midlands, NG31 7XT
North East
North East, North East, TS24 8NQ
North West
North West, CH1 2LU
Shropshire and Cheshire
Shropshire and Cheshire, LL13 9UG
Spalding Academy
Neville Avenue, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2EJ
Yorkshire and The Humber
Yorkshire and The Humber, LS1 3HE

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Degrees should be closely related to the subject you wish to train in. Higher academic qualifications in your chosen subject will support your application where this is not the case.

Your degree subject should be in religious education 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.

Educate offer equivalency tests in English, maths and science should they be required. Please check prior to booking with an alternative provider that we will accept their equivalency test.

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.

Fees and financial support

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

The QTS programme with PGCE costs £9,250, for which a student tuition fee loan can be accessed.

About the training provider

If you want to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through a practical, ‘hands-on’, school-based route, then the Educate Group Initial 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. We are based in varied and diverse partner schools across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, and East Midlands. This means you have the unique opportunity to train in a school near to where you live.

Trainees enjoy the advantage of an ‘on the job’ experience as the majority of time is spent in a base school. Trainees are supported by expert practitioners, mentors and a personal Link Tutor to meet the Teachers’ Standards and gain QTS.

Educate-led training sessions on specific subject knowledge and classroom practice based on the Core Content Framework take place throughout the year. Trainees gain experience of different age ranges, curricula, teaching strategies, inclusion, diversity and SEND as well as Contrasting School Placement.

We offer the PGCE qualification accredited by Leeds Beckett University (60 credits towards a Masters’). You do not have to attend campus (with the exception of a study day) but you have all the benefits of being a student with LBU.

Employment rates following this programme are consistently high.

‘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).

Interview process

After application, suitable candidates are invited to interview. The interview consists, 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
  • questions and discussion. 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 potential to be a trainee teacher, usually based on observations of personal characteristics and interaction with staff and pupils whilst in the school and classroom.

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

Educate Group Initial 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 this training provider

01978 281881
Sedan House
Stanley Place

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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