Staffordshire University 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

Our Primary PGCE takes 36 weeks to complete. This school-led course includes a one-week induction to prepare you for your placement and weekly sessions to develop your knowledge of the curriculum.

We focus on school student learning right from the start of the PGCE and this encourages our trainees to develop very quickly as teachers. You will be well supported by subject experts in both school and University and welcomed into a warm and friendly PGCE team who will challenge you to become the best teacher that you can be. All academic assignments focused around pupil progress and your classroom practice. On successful completion, you will receive 60 Masters level credits with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is governed by DfE regulations.

You will be very well supported during your time on the course and will benefit from a designated subject mentor in school who will hold weekly meetings with you, help you teach and review lessons, develop your subject knowledge and set and monitor agreed targets. In addition, you will have a University Tutor who will oversee your overall development as a teacher. Improvement Planning sessions in the University will take place to support you throughout the year with your University Tutor.

As a trainee, you will be given a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. You will normally begin by observing the regular class teacher, helping with group work and then moving towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching, you will be expected to contribute generally to the life of the school.

The blend of practical experience and University study gained during your course will be assessed through the compilation of portfolios of evidence and the production of short written academic papers. To see posts about activities that we run during the PGCE course and for details of our upcoming events and open days please visit the Staffordshire University website or our PGCE Facebook page.

School placements

The quality of our relationships with our schools and colleges is extremely high and is based on a shared vision of teaching and a genuine partnership. We know our partnership schools very well and they know us. This means that we can match your development needs with your school placements.

We have a wide outreach into some 50 plus high performing early years settings and schools within the local area and in Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire, Manchester, Derbyshire and beyond.

To give you experience in the classroom, you’ll spend at least 120 days working in two local schools. Our school led programme provides support at the university whilst also challenging your thinking about learning and teaching.

Each of your two main placement schools will also have a professional mentor who will provide an introduction to the organisation of the school, the school curriculum, pastoral care, personal and social education, active tutorial work, student behaviour and the legal and social framework of the school.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Staffordshire University, Lichfield Centre, Lichfield, WS13 6QG
Main Site
College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE

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.

Candidates will be advised of acceptable test providers if they are offered a place. Fees will need to be paid to the test providers.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic, professionally restless individuals for whom teaching will always be a voyage of discovery. You should have:

  • The desire and ability to impact on student learning and to see issues from students’ points of view
  • High level communication skills, empathy and persistent optimism
  • Potential for critical reflection, independent learning and taking initiative for personal and professional development
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and to lead
  • Creativity, innovation and understanding of when to take risks
  • Resilience to accept and learn from professional criticism
  • Self-confidence balanced with humility

Other requirements

Whilst school experience is not required for entry, successful applicants will demonstrate a good understanding of student learning and progress.

Successful applicants will also be required to:

  • Complete a Medical Questionnaire, which will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist (application provided by the University)
  • Provide an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (application can be obtained through the University)

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 £16,750

About the training provider

The structure of our PGCE courses reflects our vision of excellent teachers as being both excellent thinkers about teaching and outstanding practitioners in the classroom. We believe in developing thoughtful, self-confident teachers who are comfortable questioning everything around them whilst simultaneously having confidence in everything they do. We focus on school student learning right from the start of the PGCE and this encourages our trainees to develop very quickly as teachers. You will be well supported by subject experts in both school and University and welcomed into a warm and friendly PGCE team who will challenge you to become the best teacher that you can be.

In our latest Ofsted Inspection (2017), the inspectors found that we:

  • Are passionate about, and committed to, ensuring that pupils in the local area and beyond are taught by highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers so that pupils’ outcomes improve quickly.
  • Have extremely strong relationships between school mentors, trainees and the University based tutors, which is underpinned by effective communication and ongoing support.
  • Help trainees understand how pupils learn, which has a positive impact on pupil progress over time.

Staffordshire University has been shortlisted for University of the year in the 2020 Times Higher Education Awards. The University received a gold award in the 2019 Teaching Excellence Framework, recognising excellent standards of learning and teaching, and was named winner in the Most Improved Student Experience category in the 2017 Times Higher Education Awards.

Interview process

Following an initial screening to ensure your application meets our entry requirements, applications will be submitted to the Subject staff for review. Successful applicants at this stage will be offered an interview.

The main purposes of the interview are to:

  • Allow you to understand as fully as possible the nature of the course, the teaching profession and your commitments to it
  • Begin to explore your subject strengths and areas for development
  • Assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • Answer any questions you may have

Whilst school experience is not a requirement for being invited to interview, successful candidates will be able to demonstrate during their interview that they have a good understanding of student learning and progress. Applicants may wish to draw upon experiences from their own education or paid or voluntary work in schools or with school-age children to show evidence of their understanding.

Further information about tasks for the interview will be detailed in an interview invitation. Please note that for some activities preparation prior to the interview may be required.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Staffordshire University’s Student Inclusion Services are a team of Disability Support Coordinators, Disability Administrators and Sessional Assessors. The team support and assist anyone with a disability, including specific learning difficulties, mental health needs and with physical and unseen disabilities. The team can advise on Disabled Student Allowances, accessibility issues and a wide range of support and adjustments to meet the individual needs of students. They can also offer a diagnostic service for students who think they may have a specific learning difficulty. Students who have disclosed a disability will receive a welcome from the team and advice on how to access further support.

The Student Connect Team offer help and support throughout the day, online and in person.

There are lots of on campus support options including drop-in clinics as well as workshops specifically in relation to mental health and wellbeing.

Contact this training provider

Recruitment and Admissions, L600 Flaxman Building
College Road

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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