The Grand Union Training Partnership PE with EBacc (X964)

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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
30 April 2022
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our course ensures that our Associate Teachers are able to teach ages 11-18 across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

  • As a school centred scheme we are able to ensure that Associate Teachers are involved in the classroom right from the start of the course, observing experienced teachers teach and then gradually developing their confidence and ability to take an increasing responsibility for the planning and delivery of lessons.
  • Associate Teachers form close working relationships with their mentors and with other colleagues in the departments in which they are placed.
  • The views of the Associate Teachers are valued: they give regular Quality Assurance feedback so that concerns and suggestions can be responded to and acted upon.

How this course is organised:

  • A typical week would involve: general professional studies sessions at the lead school; a meeting with a subject mentor and a subject-specific training session provided by one of the subject mentors.
  • During the two block teaching practices regular meetings with mentors and subject-specific training sessions continue though the other sessions mentioned above are discontinued.

What is taught on this course:

  • Subject knowledge
  • Teaching methodology
  • ICT skills
  • General professional studies topics such as how children learn, education in a multi-ethnic society etc.
  • What it is to be fully involved in all aspects of the life of the host school.

Assessment is by a variety of methods:

  • A portfolio of evidence built up over the full course
  • A standards log to measure your progress against the DfE standards as in Qualifying to Teach
  • A number of presentations and three longer assignments which aim to develop powers of observation and reflection, the ability to relate published data to your own classroom research and, finally, the ability to experiment with different teaching styles and methodologies.

Study facilities and support:

  • The scheme supports Associate Teachers with relevant ICT equipment.
  • A small professional library is kept at the lead school and course members have access to specialised material at the University of Leicester.

School placements

Arrangements for teaching placements:

  • Associate teachers spend the first week of the course observing in a primary school (this is organised by the trainee at a school of their choice)
  • From the second week of the course Associate Teachers are based in one of the Partnership schools except for the ten weeks of their main block practice when they will be placed in one of the other schools in the Partnership.

We value the experiences that our Associate Teachers bring with them and we try to be flexible in meeting their particular needs when placing them in their host schools.

In order to find the most suitable placement for each trainee, we look at the distance they would have to travel from home to school, the age ranges they will be teaching and the availability of the most appropriate School Based Tutor.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

Associate Teachers are selected from a wide age range with a good balance of people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Some will be straight from university; others may have had considerable experience of another career. A majority of our Associate Teachers come from within a 25 mile radius of the Partnership schools.

Successful candidates are able to show:

  • A commitment to teaching which may be demonstrated by evidence of previous work with young people.

  • An ability to communicate effectively with pupils and with adults.

  • A genuine interest in sharing enthusiasm for their subject

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Please refer to Department of Education website for up-to-date information relating to Initial Teacher Training funding.

About the training provider

The Grand Union Training Partnership is a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) consortium centred on a number of 11-18 comprehensive schools situated in villages and small towns West of Northampton and in Milton Keynes.

We provide Secondary PGCE courses in Business Studies, DT, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Maths, Geography, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

We aim to give trainees, whom we refer to as Associate Teachers, as much practical experience of working in the Partnership schools as possible. Each Associate Teacher’s work and programme of study is supervised by a Mentor (School Based Tutor) who will take a close interest in their development as a subject teacher and colleague. This part of the course is complemented by general professional studies.

Our overall aim is to produce reflective professionals confident in applying for and starting their first jobs as secondary school teachers. Over half of our Associate Teachers take up their first teaching posts in the scheme’s Partnership schools.

Interview process

Applicants who are invited to interview would normally spend a day in one of the Partnership schools. During this time they would be given a tour of the school and spend time talking to staff and pupils in classes. They would be interviewed by one of the Directors of the scheme and by a subject mentor. During the interview they would be asked, depending on their subject, to give a short presentation/speak in their foreign language/complete a subject specific test/deliver a short practical.

In addition, all candidates are asked to complete a generic, short written task and numeracy task.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

In addition to supporting our Associate Teachers in any way we can, we are committed to providing additional support where possible and necessary.

Prior to the start of our course, we ask all Associate Teachers to consider whether or not they have a disability within the statutory definition. It is important that we gather this information because The GUTP is committed to ensuring that all of our Associate Teachers are treated fairly and that we do not inadvertently make decisions or have processes that may treat any one less well on the basis of any disability. We also wish to offer appropriate support to all our trainees, whatever their circumstances. All information given to us is treated with sensitivity and held in confidence.

Contact this training provider

01327 350284 ext. 253
Sponne School
Brackley Road
NN12 6DJ

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