University of Sunderland Business Studies (N1X1)

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


About the course

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). You are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across this age range.

You will also gain practical experience of the 16-19 age range during your placement. The aim of this PGCE in Business Studies is to provide you with engaging and relevant professional training to enable your degree in Business related subjects to transform you into a capable and effective classroom practitioner. You will develop understanding of how students learn about Business and to be able to critically reflect upon their teaching to improve.

This course is taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work, group work, placements, work-based learning, and independent learning. Placements are an important part of this course. During that time, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school-based trainers and University-based tutors. Your progress will be assessed through written assignments, case studies, and assessments of your teaching practice.

School placements

Initial Teacher Training courses at the University of Sunderland are run in partnership with a wide range of nurseries, schools, academies, colleges and other educational settings including specialist alternative provision settings and dedicated SEND settings. This ensures that all trainees have a wide and varied experience in different types of settings as an integral part of their training.

Currently we have partnerships with over 200 settings covering many local authorities and all phases of education. As a trainee teacher following a Secondary PGCE programme you will spend a minimum of 120 days on placement working and studying in a number of partner settings. Placements are sourced by our Placement Team who work very closely with academic colleagues to find you bespoke placements. You will work with trained mentors who are experienced members of the school, academy or college staff. They will help support you in your training, further your interests, helping you become the best secondary teacher you can be.

Prior to starting the programme, trainees are encouraged to spend time on a five-day Pre-Programme Placement, assisting and observing in a primary school of their own choice. This ensures that trainees starting the programme have recent and relevant experience in school settings and they understand the diet of education that primary school pupils experience before transitioning to middle or secondary schools. This experience also provides an understanding of current education practice that is built upon during lectures at the University and in the Teaching Practice which follows. Students following a University based PGCE programme spend three days per week in their placement school undertaking observation and preparation for their later assessed period of teaching. The remaining time in these weeks is spent at University consolidating their experience and learning subject related content alongside wider education theory and practice. Trainees undertake a number of assessed full weeks of teaching, all of which we aim to ensure take place in a single setting. At the end of this placement, targets and feedback from the setting are used by tutors and placement team to help find a complimentary setting for your second teachingpractice.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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.

We will only accept equivalencies from:

Personal qualities

We do not look for a one size fits all model of a trainee teacher – quite the opposite. We are looking for people who demonstrate a passion for developing the learning experiences of young people. An awareness of young people is an advantage and may come from a wide variety of sources. We do, however, look for trainee teachers who are willing to have a go; eager to engage, and up for a challenge. We create confident, competent teachers and a willingness to take on board feedback and use it to develop is something we look for.

Other requirements

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:

  • Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)

  • Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92) (supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)

  • The Government have stated that they will be removing the Professional Skills Test condition for all Teacher Trainees from April 2020. “A new process for assessing numeracy and literacy will be introduced for ITT starting in 2020” This means applicants do not take a numeracy or literacy test as a condition to their offer.

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 £13,000

About the training provider

The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the North East coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong. The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

The School of Education have been voted 2nd in the U.K (1st in England) for it’s Undergraduate Education courses according to the Guardian University League Tables, 2020. We are extremely proud of this accolade, but it doesn’t stop there! Recently, the University of Sunderland has been named University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.

With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.

  • All our Primary and Secondary ITT courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS (Post Compulsory Education and Training does not award QTS)

Interview process

If your application has been successfully shortlisted for a September 2022 start you will be invited to attend an online interview, this will take place on Microsoft Teams. Applicants will be able to choose from a selection of dates and times and will only need to attend interview once.

Essential details of the day will be sent to you via email prior to the interview so you will be very well prepared for the day.

Online interviews will be led by the academics on the course, and will consist of individual and group tasks.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

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

We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.

Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:

Email: Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact this training provider

0191 515 3000
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City Campus
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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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