Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership Primary (3-7) (384J)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary


Our training programme is varied, innovative and inspiring. Through it, our trainees have access to excellent teaching and a variety of experiences in our partner schools.  The core elements of our programmes have been developed over 20 years of experience. Our programmes are highly respected and, as a result of this, in addition to our PGCE routes, we also offer a BA (Hons) in Primary and Early Years Education (see UCAS). ‘Trainees learn not only what to teach and how to teach it, but also develop a deep understanding of how children learn. Trainees forge their own identity as a teacher and become impressive role models’ OFSTED 2022 

Trainees will spend time in school every week, which promotes application of theoretical learning to classroom practice. Training is front-loaded to the Autumn term, which means more time in school during the Summer term preparing for being a fully-fledged ECT. Whilst in school, trainees observe successful teachers; teach children in small groups up to whole classes; plan and deliver learning to children (with coaching and mentoring from expert School Based Trainer) and join in with school-led training opportunities.

We assess trainee skills by judging impact on the outcomes for the children being taught. Information for assessment is presented in written formats, portfolios, presentations and tutorial discussions. All assessments are continuous throughout the year through individual tasks and group projects.

Core Training takes place at our dedicated training centre and in venues across the area. It provides inspirational, hands-on training from safeguarding to subject knowledge; behaviour management to building resilience; well-being to pedagogy, and much more.  Training days provide an opportunity to share experiences, while learning from our expert trainers. These sessions provide trainees with ‘headspace’ and an opportunity to reflect on teaching, as well as learning new skills and pedagogies to take back to school. 

For the PGCE element of our programme, trainees work towards 60 Masters-level credits awarded by Birmingham City University.  BCU lectures and seminars are delivered in Milton Keynes by BCU academic staff.  The combination of higher level academic study with the hands-on, practical nature of our school-led programme gives the perfect balance of theory and practice, making for informed and inspirational teachers. The PGCE requires three written assignments, which are assessed and moderated by the team at BCU.

School placements

All our Partnership schools are selected on the basis of their effectiveness and expertise. The Partnership thrives because of the active role that schools take in the design and delivery of the programme and because of their commitment to training teachers in their schools. 

Our partnership includes a range of schools including large urban schools; those in areas of social deprivation; village schools and faith schools. ‘The Partnership is contributing to a culture of education and aspiration locally and further afield’ OFSTED 2022

Our schools are mainly in Milton Keynes and its surrounding areas, but we work with some schools in Northants, Beds and Bucks, so if applicants live in those areas and would like to train more locally to where they live, thjis can be discussed at interview to see if it is possible.

Trainees select either the Early Years (age 3-7) or General Primary (age 5-11) pathway. Trainees are immersed in the school from the outset, meaning that they ‘live and breathe’ real-life teaching and become a valued member of the school team. Trainees spend most of the year in their ‘home school’, with a 6 week placement in an alternative school and alternative key stage, as well as a short time in a special school. Trainees are mentored by an SBT (School-Based Trainer) during the year, which means all training programmes are bespoke to each individual trainee, resulting in them being the best teacher they can be!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

We do not offer equivalency tests ourselves, but do accept from a number of providers, please check with us

Personal qualities

The most important personal quality for teaching is wanting to create opportunities for young people to learn new skills and develop their understanding of the world. Successful teachers co-operate, collaborate and work on their own initiative. The ability to make good, professional relationships with children is paramount to being a successful teacher and we value the individuality of our trainees. It is important that you have thought about training to teach and found out what the role of a primary teacher involves. You may have visited or worked in schools, this is not a requirement although it is helpful.

Other requirements

You can ONLY apply for tuition-fee PGCE routes or Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship routes (with the financial support of a school) through Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership (T89)

Should you be looking for a QTS only route (without the PGCE), you will need to apply for a School Direct route through Two Mile Ash School (insitution code 1WY)

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

“Not all superheroes wear capes, some teach!”

At Two Mile Ash Initial Teacher Training Partnership, we believe in pursuing superhero status for you during your journey to QTS. We don’t generally provide capes, but we do provide outstanding training opportunities with our growing partnership of committed schools and colleagues. Our excellent employment rates demonstrate the success of our training and we have alumni who are now mentors, trainers and Head Teachers. ‘Trainees join this partnership because they want to make a difference to pupils and the genrations to come. They are not disappointed’ OFSTED 2022.

As the most established primary (including EYFS and SEND) teacher training provider in Milton Keynes, we have over 20 years’ experience in leading initial teacher training and have provided the region with hundreds of primary teachers. As part of a large, successful Multi-Academy Trust, we provide CPD for teachers throughout their career, which gives our ITT team added expertise to bring to your training journey.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate SCITT, School Direct, Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships and Assessment Only pathways. We also validate QTS for other providers in the area and are delighted to work with the well-respected Birmingham City University for both our PGCE and our trail-blazing, school-based undergraduate route.

Our modern training centre is newly refurbished and we have study facilities every day during term time.

Interview process

We enjoy interviewing prospective teachers and discovering with applicants whether they are suited to teacher training and how our particular school-based pathway would work for them and their learning styles. The interviews are usually conducted by a member of the Initial Teacher Training team and a Head Teacher/Deputy Headteacher from one of our Partnership schools.

The interview activities are deisgned to evidence how applicants engage and interact with children and this gives us an idea of an applicant’s potential to train - applicants at this stage are not expected to be able to teach the ‘perfect’ lesson!

Remember, learning to teach is a journey and trainees can be really successful from whatever starting point they have, whether they are a Teaching Assistant who has been in school for many years or someone with very little classroom experience. Our interview process is designed to explore that with applicants.

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

Our course is accessible to anyone with a disability, provided they meet the ‘Health and physical capacity to train to teach’ requirements, which are assessed by a reputable Occupational Health Service. Our training room is accessible to people with a physical disability. Some of our schools are more accessible than others to those with a disability and this would be considered, as necessary, when deciding which schools to place you in. We use electronic portfolios of documents and this has supported applicants in the past with dyslexia. Dyslexic applicants still have to meet the course entry requirements, including assessment of your fundamental English and Maths skills, and you should check what special arrangements we can make, if this applies to you.

We pride ourselves on our pastoral care and bespoke attitude to teacher training. You are an individual and we aspire to train you to take your individuality into the classroom. This, combined with the knowledge, skills and understanding you will gain during your study with us, creates a happy teacher which is what we all want to be! We believe that happy teachers are teachers for years to come and retention of our alumni in the teaching profession is high after 5 years. We devote curriculum and tutorial time to encouraging you to look after your wellbeing as a teacher and the experienced and expert team are there to support you.

Contact this training provider

01908 533284
Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership, Fairfields Primary School
Apollo Avenue, Fairfields
Milton Keynes
MK11 4BA

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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