Mid Essex Initial Teacher Training Psychology (2V4Z)

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
14 to 19 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time or part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our full-time course allows four days per week in schools and a weekly training day each Thursday. This training day is split between Core Training in the morning at the Braintree Arts Theatre, with all the other trainee teachers. This is followed by Subject Expert Training (SET), 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 (January -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 Academic Days which will give you guidance on academic research and writing. You will also be able to access the online library of the Anglia Ruskin University.

School placements

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 Psychology across the 14 -19 age range, with teaching opportunities available across the partnership.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Braintree (Mid Essex ITT offices)
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form, Notley Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1WY
Chelmsford (Main Site)
Moulsham High School, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9ES

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in psychology 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.

If you do not yet have a GCSE Grade C or above or recognised equivalence, then we do recognise the qualifications offered by he following organisations: www.equivalencytesting.com www.astarequivalency.co.uk Please ensure that you are sitting a paper that enables you to achieve at least a Grade 4.

Please also note, Functional Skills are not considered an equivalent qualification.

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.

Fees and financial support

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

If you choose to train on the part-time route the tuition cost is £6,000 per year, across two years, a total of £12,000.

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 Anglia Ruskin University. 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 Braintree Arts Theatre, based on site at 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 Tutor and Lead Subject Tutor.

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!

Interview process

Interviews and assessments are co-ordinated by the Mid Essex ITT team and staff from our partnership schools will also be involved.

Once we have received your application through Apply, these are the next steps:

We will assess your application to check you meet our eligibility requirements and let you know if you have been shortlisted for the next stage

We may contact you for further information or proof of qualifications at this stage

Candidates will be asked to produce a 5 minute video of application which may be shared with partnership schools

Shortlisted candidates are then invited to our first assessment stage - an interview with Mid Essex ITT staff and completion of tasks including a literacy assessment and a presentation Some candidates - including salaried applicants - will complete a second interview at one of our partnership schools

Successful candidates will be invited to our three days of induction training in July in order to prepare them for September. This will also include a numeracy diagnostic assessment.

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

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 this training provider

01376 556 398
Mid Essex ITT
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form

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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