Future Teacher Training English (2D2L)

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

On our English course, you will have exposure to a high-quality common curriculum programme in English Literature and grammar that has been written with the importance of memory in mind. We have a desire to reduce unnecessary workload for our teachers through the provision of planning documents, accompanied by classroom-ready resources that allow you to focus on the delivery of your lessons.

You will receive regular training from our Curriculum Leads where you will consider the chronology of the curriculum and its exploration of significant texts. Each text is explored through five conceptual lenses: character, genre, style, structure and contextual theme. A special focus is placed on understanding how ideas of character, genre, style, structure and theme have evolved and intertwined over time in different literary forms.

You will train for one year and gain Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Sussex.

You will have a subject-specialist mentor in your school to guide and support you with your subject knowledge development and application of educational research in the classroom.

For more information: https://www.futuretraining.org/page/?title=Routes+On+offer&pid=14.

School placements

We run a compulsory induction programme for two weeks in July before the start of your placement to fully prepare you to teach from the start of the programme.

You will begin your placement at the start of the September term where you will become fully immersed in the school community. You will remain in this placement school for most of your training year as we believe this is the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life. To supplement this, you will also participate in focused placements, conducting a three-week placement in the spring term, which will offer you a contrasting experience within our network of excellent schools. This network includes many independent, grammar and specialist schools.

As part of your ongoing development, you will be released by your placement school for one afternoon per week to attend centralised training: Professional Studies. This weekly programme runs throughout the whole year and includes

  1. Keynote lectures that give an in-depth understanding of key debates within education policy and practice.
  2. Practice Perfect sessions help you develop teaching techniques. The opportunity to build automaticity and receive feedback outside the live environment of the classroom.
  3. Book Group allows you to discuss educational texts.
  4. Subject knowledge lectures are given by a range of academics and external speakers and develop expertise in subjects.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Hertfordshire Partnership
Warners End Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3DW
London Partnership
Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT
Phoenix Academy
The Curve, Shepherds Bush, W12 0RQ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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

We also assess applicants for the following qualities in their preliminary applications and interviews:

  • A strong academic record and passion for your subject
  • Effective communication and leadership skills.
  • The enthusiasm required to work with children
  • Applicants are at an advantage if they have gained school experience.

Other requirements

In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course, you will need to:

  • Provide proof of all qualifications
  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Undergo an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.

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

Tuition fee loans are available through Student Finance England to support with paying your tuition fee which is £9,250. Please note that while the tuition fee is the same for international students as for UK and EU students, we are not able at this time to support applicants who do not have the right to study or work in the UK.

International applicants:

Please see the information on our website for more guidance https://www.futuretraining.org/page/?title=Overseas+applicants+and+qualifications&pid=49

About the training provider

Future Teacher Training (formerly Pimlico - London SCITT) is part of Future Academies, a family of schools which has built a reputation for achieving the highest standards for all its pupils. There are 10 schools in the Multi Academy Trust across London and Hertfordshire and they are all committed to the same vision, guided by our motto: ‘libertas per cultum’, (Freedom Through Education) offering a traditional education that is knowledge-rich and furnishes children with the freedom to choose a path in life that they value. At Future Teacher Training we have an unrelenting focus on producing trainee teachers of the highest calibre, characterised by their deep subject knowledge, and desire to become expert teachers and leaders.

Our Initial Teacher Training curriculum is unique and is designed intentionally and sequenced iteratively, building upon what we know about cognitive science and the road to becoming an expert teacher. We deliver weekly training sessions where we aim to disseminate a research-informed aspect of training that links to our curriculum strands. Our training is rooted in exploitation of examples and non-examples to exemplify how to apply this to your teaching practice. We endeavour to bust lingering educational myths and ensure trainees have access to exemplar curriculum resources. These sessions are combined with practice-based, often subject-specific training to empower trainees to apply the pedagogical principles to their own subject and classroom, with the oversight of subject experts who can model best practice and give feedback, whilst working collaboratively with your subject/phase peers.

Interview process

There are 2 stages to our interview process.

Stage 1

Pre-interview Tasks You will be required to complete a lesson planning task based on a set learning objective relevant to your subject or phase. You will also compose a short essay on what makes great teaching. Both tasks must be completed before the interview.

Online Interview Interviews will be conducted online, last about 30 minutes and will usually be conducted by two members of the Future Teacher Training team. We will ask a series of questions about why you have chosen teaching as a career, why you have chosen our route and us as a provider. There will also be the opportunity to ask us any questions.

Subject-Knowledge Task After the interview you will need to complete a subject-knowledge task. This is usually a past GCSE paper, for which no preparation is required. You will be informed within 48 hours if you have been successful and invited to a stage 2 interview.

Stage 2

Teaching Episode

This is an in-person interview at a potential placement school where you will be required to deliver a short teaching episode with 10 students. This will be followed by an interview where you will be asked to reflect on the lesson you have just taught.

We will inform you of our decision within 48 hours.

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

The needs of the candidates will be taken into account at interview. Trainee teachers benefit from a mentor who leads their support throughout their training.

The central SCITT team meets with trainee teachers weekly through our Professional Studies programme. This allows us to regularly update our risk assessment of the trainee teacher and adapt the course accordingly. For the right candidate(s), we may also be able to support part-time. This would be discussed at the interview stage.

Contact this training provider

Pimlico Academy
Lupus Street

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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