Mid Essex Initial Teacher Training
English (2B2T)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our full-time course allows four days per week in schools and a weekly training day each Thursday. This training day is split between General Professional Studies (GPS) in the morning at the Braintree Arts Theatre, with all the other trainee teachers. This is followed by Subject Professional Studies (SPS), in your smaller subject groups. This ongoing training model allows you to explore something in theory and then try it out in practice the very next day.

Our part-time courses are designed to fit round you and will offer half the time in school each week, completed over two years. This can either be two full days or four half days. You will also have one full training day at the Braintree Arts Theatre with all the other trainees on a Thursday.

You will have a main placement school which allows you to settle in fully into your department and become part of the teaching team. Pupils see you as their teacher and you gain a real insight into life in a school. A shorter, second placement in a different school (in February/March) then allows you to try ideas out and see another way of working. You will also have the opportunity to visit a primary school, a school for children with special educational needs and a school in challenging circumstances.

Trainees undertaking the PGCE will attend further training in the form of six Academic Days which will give you guidance on academic research and writing. You will also be able to access the online library of the University of Greenwich.

Interview process

Mid Essex ITT will co-ordinate the recruitment process and it will involve a full day spent at our central offices at Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form. It will include a critique of a lesson, a short written test for literacy and participation in a group discussion. You will be expected to do a short presentation in front of a small group of Year 8 students and will be interviewed by staff from Mid Essex ITT and our consortium schools. Not only is the day an excellent opportunity for you to show us your passion and relevant skills, it is a chance for you to meet the Mid Essex team and find out more about our course.

If you are applying for the salaried route, you will also need to attend a further interview with a placement school before being offered a place on the course.

How school placements work

Mid Essex ITT works with over 20 schools across Essex, many of which have been working with us for over 25 years. You will have the opportunity to work at two of these schools.

We aim to place you in a school which best suits your requirements. At your interview and assessment day, you will be asked to complete a form detailing which of our schools you would be placed at and we will try our best to place you at one of your choices. Early applicants will find it easier to be placed at one of their top choices so we do recommend applying as early as possible if you are interested in training in certain schools.

Our schools offer a range of experiences and you will train to teach English across the 11 -16 age range with a post-16 enhancement, with teaching opportunities available across the partnership.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

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.



The minimum entry requirements are:

  • a degree at classification 2:2 or above
  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in Maths
  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in English

If you have international qualifications, we ask that you also provide a NARIC Statement of Comparability. You can find out more at the NARIC website

Personal qualities

  • Commitment, enthusiasm, passion, resilience – this is a tough course
  • Suitable and relevant qualifications to meet the eligibility criteria
  • Good subject knowledge (probably with a few gaps)
  • Relevant experience: how do you know this is for you?
  • Good standards of written and oral English

Other requirements

Mid Essex ITT is committed to safer recruitment. All applicants will be subject to to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check, including a check of the children’s barred list and Employer Access Online.

About the training provider

Mid Essex is an outstanding school-based Initial Teacher Training scheme (Ofsted, October 2017), working with 22 local schools in Essex.

We will train you to teach at secondary school level and, after successfully completing the course, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) accredited by the University of Greenwich. You can choose to train full-time in one year, or part-time over two years. Mid Essex ITT has been training teachers for almost 25 years and has excellent employment rates for its trainees.

Mid Essex ITT is unique in that all our training is run by experienced, practising teachers. As well as four days a week in your placement school, you will receive one day a week of training at our centre at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form. Mid Essex ITT is run by a small, friendly team who get to know all the trainees well and can offer personalised support. You will also have the support of a Course Tutor, subject mentor, Professional Mentor and Lead Subject Mentor.

Each year, Mid Essex ITT welcomes around 50 trainee teachers across 15 different subjects. You can find out more about our staff, our trainees and upcoming events on our website and social media pages:

The Mid Essex ITT website

The Mid Essex ITT Wordpress Blog

Mid Essex ITT on Facebook

Mid Essex ITT on Twitter

If you are interested in training to teach in Essex, please get in touch!

Training with disabilities and other needs

Mid Essex ITT is fully committed to fairness and equality. We strive to recruit from all backgrounds and ages and value the diversity it brings to the profession.

We have full disabled access at our training venue and a number of our schools.

In the past we have provided extra support such as help with proof-reading assignments, providing handouts on pastel coloured paper and running “Breakfast Support” sessions and Wellbeing days. If you think you may require assistance with any of the tasks at our interview and assessment day, we are happy to chat in advance about how we can make them accessible for you.

We welcome any requests from applicants concerning anything we can do to support you as you apply to join the course.

Contact details

01376 556 398
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form
Notley Road


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Chelmer Valley High School, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7ER
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Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form, Notley Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1WY
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