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North East SCITT (Formerly Shotton Hall SCITT) Physical education (V194)

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

The first three weeks of the course is spent completing intensive training to build a foundation for your teaching career at The Academy at Shotton Hall and other North East Learning Trust schools. This involves: lesson observations, workshops and planning. After the initial training, trainees will then complete a five week teaching placement (before Christmas) then a twelve week teaching placement (after Christmas) in two different schools within our teaching school alliance.(Our schools are spread out from Teesdale to Northumberland and we will always consider your location when choosing your placement school.)

At each school, you will get time to get to know the school and department before diving in and teaching your first lesson.

You will also spend various days at The Academy at Shotton Hall and in Trust schools engaged in additional training which includes:

  • Working within departments for literacy and numeracy intervention work
  • PGCE training and support
  • Interview and application guidance

Throughout your teaching placements you will also take part in mini placements at different schools and educational settings. Some of these are compulsory and will give you the opportunity to explore particular areas of interest including:

  • Primary
  • Faith
  • Special education needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Enquiry based learning (EBL)
  • Sixth form (KS5)
  • Behaviour management
  • English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Working with looked after children
  • Early years and foundation stage (EYFS)
  • Independent schools
  • Working as part of a pastoral team
  • Literacy and numeracy support

Assessment happens throughout the ITT year, however it culminates with the QTS interview which takes place at the end of the year when trainees demonstrate how they have met the Teachers’ Standards.

School placements

After the initial training, trainees will then complete a five week teaching placement (before Christmas) then a twelve week teaching placement (after Christmas) in two different schools within our teaching school alliance. (Our schools are spread out from Teesdale to Northumberland and we will always consider your location when choosing your placement school.) We work with over 80 schools across our teaching alliance.

At each school, you will get time to get to know the school and department before diving in and teaching your first lesson.

For primary trainees, you will get the experience to teach across two different age phases ranging from 4 to 7 years old and 8 to 11 years old. For secondary trainees, you will teach a range of age groups varying from 11 to 16 year olds and with some 16 to 18 enhancement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Physical 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.

We accept equivalency tests via

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

If you’re thinking about training to be a primary or secondary school teacher in north east England, Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ North East SCITT (Formerly Shotton Hall SCITT) - part of The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee - is one of the most well respected and successful school-centered teacher training providers in the region. Whether you’re a new graduate, about to graduate or you are considering a change of career, our high-quality school-based initial teacher training courses, alongside a PGCE from Durham University, will give you the foundation you need for a great career in teaching.

At North East SCITT, you will be at the heart of school life, learning from outstanding practitioners. You will practise in a broad range of schools within the Shotton Hall Teaching School Alliance, spanning across north east England, gaining experience and expertise in different areas including SEN, behaviour management and phonics, and maths mastery (for primary only). You will be allocated a subject mentor from a team of specialists with vast experience. They will introduce you to school life and help you to learn how to teach your subject as you work your way through the Teacher Standards with lesson planning, weekly meetings and assessments within your school. Your training will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and masters level accreditation, equivalent to a postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE), from Durham University.

Interview process

This will involve a full day spent at The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee for secondary applicants, or for primary places then interviews will be held at a primary school within the alliance. The day will consist of:

  • A short written task
  • A subject knowledge audit
  • A 15 minute observed lesson (you will be informed in advance of the age group and topic of the lesson)

If you are successful at this stage, you will then be invited for a formal panel interview which will be held on the same day. You will also be given the chance to speak with staff, students and current trainees.

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

At North East SCITT we strive to offer all inclusive, personalised and highly supportive training for all trainees. We are experienced in supporting trainees with a variety of needs to ensure that training is accessible for all. Training sessions are carefully planned so as to support any trainees with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments, as well as offering one-to-one support for those who wish to access that.

In addition, we have a wide and comprehensive mental health and wellbeing programme that has grown from strength to strength over the past 6 years. We offer whole cohort and individual support training and guidance on managing work load and work life balance, as well as providing intensive support where needed to ensure that all trainees feel fully supported. Alongside our support sits support from Durham University, who we gain our PGCE accreditation from. The University provides access for our trainees to utilise their Student Welfare and Support Service; this includes counselling and support for trainees with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

North East SCITT (Formerly Shotton Hall SCITT)
Passfield Way

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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