High Force Education (SCITT) Primary (X100)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This programme is a unique partnership between High Force Education Hub and Durham SCITT. It is a 10 month programme centred around our hub at Green Lane CE Primary School in Barnard Castle and working closely with Durham SCITT at their base in Newton Aycliffe.

Our programme is school led with strong relationships with employing schools. On successful completion of the programme, you will be a strong candidate to secure your first teaching position.

The structure of the programme has been tailored in order to provide high quality training, effective mentoring and varied school experiences that develop your skill base and ensure you are fully equipped to enter the teaching profession.

This is a professional, vocational and immersive course. As a post graduate trainee teacher, you will spend a significant amount of time in the classroom with the PGCE complementing each aspect of your training.

You will be fully supported by the team and have a dedicated Hub Learning Lead who has extensive knowledge of educational theory and has considerable expertise in effective practice in schools. They will provide you with the most up to date pedagogy and give you the opportunity to engage with recent and relevant educational research.

We use a blended approach to learning with opportunities to learn at your Hub, the SCITT Centre and at home. We use technology to enable you to not only make use of learning resources, but also to inspire learners in school and establish yourself in the professional and academic networks that will be important to your own career development.

School placements

Placements will be in partnership schools near to where trainees live. Trainees will spend time between the Hub School and the main Durham SCITT base.

Training in the Hub School (Green Lane CE Primary) is delivered two days a week by a blended approach of both face-to-face and remote learning by the Hub Learning Lead. Our Hub Learning Lead will also work with trainees during their placements in our partnership schools and carry out key observations to nurture their progress.

Placements in our partnership schools will provide trainees with diverse school experiences in each phase of primary education and an opportunity to experience a wide range of school environments, from small dales village schools to urban settings. You will be placed in 3 different schools across the year to gain a wealth of experience in a range of settings.

School placements are specifically and carefully selected for you to meet your individual development needs and to widen your skills in working with a range of pupils.

Two of the placements are classed as assessed teaching practices where you will be required to be assessed in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to observe in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting and specialist settings.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

We do not accept Level 2 functional skills tests. Please contact us and we can advise you on the company we use for equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a passion to teach young children
  • Motivate and inspire young children to reach their full educational potential in life
  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to teach, continually improve and develop as a practitioner
  • Communicate clearly and articulately in spoken and written standard English, with accurate spelling and grammar
  • Demonstrate openness to learning, self- development and welcome feedback *Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and respect for children, families and colleagues
  • Value and contribute to team work
  • Show creativity, flair, innovation and adaptability
  • Have resilience

Other requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed above, the following ITT requirements must be met.

That all entrants:

  • Have satisfactory references
  • Are ‘Fit to Teach’
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with Durham SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for some degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with Durham SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for some degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

About the training provider

High Force Education is an Ofsted outstanding provider that produces inspirational, creative teachers of the future. We operate across four learning hubs: Durham, North Yorkshire, Darlington and Teesside, Weardale and Teesdale.

High Force was the first school centred ITT provider to be established in the North East and has a proven track record of success. We have chosen learning leads who are not only highly effective in their chosen subject area but are also passionate about teacher training and have the skills needed to impart the enthusiasm and passion for their subject to you.

Our vision is to nurture and develop resilient and passionate individuals who are skilled in critical thinking. Trainees are interviewed in the hub school nearest to where they live and spend the majority of their year in satellite schools attached to the Hub.

Interview process

High Force Education Hub leads and manages the assessment process with support from Durham SCITT.

Trainees are interviewed virtually or in person at our Hub School (Green Lane CE Primary).

The interview consists of:

  • Pre Interview Task
  • Interview

High Force considers a wide range of evidence to judge an applicant’s potential to train to teach including the application process, references, results of assessment day tasks and interpersonal skills demonstrated throughout the interview.

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

High Force is committed to equality of opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or socio-economic circumstances. For specific information and guidance on support, provision available and/or facilities for trainees with learning difficulties or disabilities, please contact the ITT Deputy Director on 01833 630487. We produce a separate Disability Statement, outlining facilities for disabled learners. This is available on request.

We have a dedicated pastoral lead who provides additional support when needed.

Contact this training provider

01833 630487
Green Lane CE Primary School
Green Lane
Barnard Castle
Co Durham
DL12 8LG

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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