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Teach East English (2ZM7)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the classroom, inspiring and empowering young people to achieve their full potential and become life-long learners.

A typical week will mean that you spend 4 days on placement within a local school, with one day a week in the purpose built learning centre, or within another local school, for training provided by Teach East. You will be motivated by your fully trained Teach East mentors, who will inspire and guide you to become an excellent practitioner ready to seek employment within a local school.

Placements will offer a range of: Ofsted grades; high attainment; challenging contexts; provision for children with learning difficulties; children whom do not have English as their first language; significant cultural and ethnic diversity. This will be across two contrasting schools.

Trainees will have access to Masters Credits, through accessing the PGCert qualification from the University of Hull. This will support your academic and professional reflection and the theoretical underpinning of educational practice.

School placements

Teach East has a partnership of over 30 secondary and primary school across the city of Peterborough. Trainees will have a main placement school for the majority of their training year. Throughout the year we endeavour to provide trainees with experience of a number of educational settings within the city of Peterborough.

Within the duration of the training programme, trainees will teach across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 so that you are fully prepared to teach across the secondary age range. This will be across two contrasting schools

Every trainee is assigned a mentor to guide them through the teacher training year, offering support, guidance and advice as appropriate. One hour per week is set aside to meeting this mentor, recording key events and setting meaningful targets for the work ahead, based on identified strengths and areas for development.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A minimum degree classification 2:2 is preferable, however in exceptional circumstances a Third Class degree may be considered. Your degree should be predominately in the subject that you intend to train to teach in, or you should have an A Level/relevant experience in that subject and be willing to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course if required.

GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English

As part of the interview process and before starting the course, you will be required to demonstrate skills in literacy and numeracy.

Personal qualities

We are looking for confident people with a passion for learning. Along with your academic qualifications you will need to be highly motivated, a team player and have great organisational skills. Interpersonal skills are vital and we want to work with those who want to make a difference to children’s lives.

We would expect all candidates to have researched teaching roles thoroughly, school experience is desired but not essential.

You need to be clear about what you can bring to the profession and why you think teaching is for you.

Other requirements

If you are offered a place on the Teach East training programme a DBS check will be applied for.

You will be required to complete a health and safety questionnaire prior to starting the course.

Applicants who have studied outside of the UK must check their qualification with NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) prior to making an application.

Qualifications need to be the equivalent level to UK GCSE’s, A Levels and undergraduate degrees.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,250
International students £8,250

An additional £1000 is payable for a PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) if you choose to take this alongside QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

About the training provider

Teach East is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme based in Peterborough. We offer a route into teaching that prepares you for a career in education as most of your time will be spent in schools.

Teach East is run by a team of dedicated senior leaders, all of whom still teach and lead in the city on a day to day basis. With the support of staff from a wide and diverse range of schools within the city, we have constructed a course that allows trainees to learn in high quality settings, watching and working with some of the best practitioners in Peterborough.

We are proud of our 100% employment rates at the end of the training year, for which we provide excellent guidance and support for finding the right school for each trainee.

Interview process

All applications will be shortlisted and successful candidates will be invited for interview.

Candidates will be asked to complete a number of tasks, these may not all be on the same day.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Providing all the eligibility criteria is met for teacher training Teach East will ensure that people are treated solely on the basis of their abilities and potential, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religious or political belief or affiliation, trade union membership, age, gender, gender reassignment, marital status,sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic background, or any other inappropriate distinction.

All disabilities can be declared on your application form and Teach East will work with all individuals to ensure their needs and requirements are met.

Contact this training provider

01733 252235
Helpston Road

Support and advice

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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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