Wandsworth Primary Schools Consortium
Primary (X100)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Wandsworth SCITT offers you a one year course leading to a Primary Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) validated by Kingston University. The course carries 60 Credits towards a Masters Degree.

Within the framework of the programme you can select either a General Primary (5-11) or Early Years (3-7) Pathway. Trainees selecting the General Primary pathway are required to undertake school placements in both Key Stage 1 and 2. Trainees selecting the Early Years pathway are required to undertake school placements in both the Early Years and Key Stage 1. All trainees will undertake centre-based training which address pedagogy and curriculum across the 3-11 age phase and will have additional sessions in the specialist age-phase. All trainees will be qualified to teach across the primary phase as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT).

The course is largely school-based, with approximately 24 weeks in school and 14 weeks on the taught course either at the St Mary’s RC Primary School training base or in the other partnership schools (listed on Wandsworth SCITT website).

Tutors, classroom teachers and other educational professionals lead the taught course sessions. There will be regular opportunities for peer discussion, project work and evaluation of your school-based work. You will experience teaching placements in two local primary schools during your training and will be supervised in each school by a trained mentor. In addition, you will have an initial two week observation placement at the start of the course.

A Course Director, with expert knowledge and experience of teacher education, and a specialist in SEN and Early Years education, will oversee and co-ordinate your training during the course under the direction of the Consortium Management Board. The Consortium Management Board is made up of representatives of the partnership, including head teachers, a lead Link Tutor and Quality Assurance Officer.

Your progress will be monitored and assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competence against the framework of the Teachers’ Standards, leading to profile reviews and professional assignments, which will link education theory with your experience in the classroom.

The number of trainees obtaining jobs immediately after graduating, continues to remain higher than average when compared with other providers.

Interview process

Please apply through UCAS Teacher Training.

You should write a full personal statement which expresses clearly why you want to teach and the experiences which demonstrate your readiness for the training programme. Experience of working with children is not an essential requirement but is highly recommended as it helps you make a well-informed decision about your desire to teach.

Seek out references from two referees. One academic reference and one work-based reference from your most recent employer will complement your application well. Please note that your application will not be finalised and available to us or other providers until your referees upload their reference to UCAS.

Applicants should possess the minimum qualification requirements or be working towards them with a view to them being in place by the time that the course begins. Please make it clear on applications if you are working towards required qualifications and when results will be known.

Successful candidates will be invited to attend a half day interview session with Literacy and Numeracy testing and group and individual interviews / tasks. The interviews will take place at the SCITT base at St Mary’s RC Primary School. There will also be an opportunity to work with children in the classroom of one of our partner schools. This will take place either on the same day as your interview or within five days of that date.

More specific details about the interview will be provided to candidates by email if successful in application.

How school placements work

Wandsworth SCITT currently partners with over 20 primary schools in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Partnership schools have been selected based on their capacity to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment, their commitment to professional development and their previous experience of working with trainees in initial teacher training. They are actively engaged in development of the course and the selection of trainees, their mentoring and assessment. Trainees on the General Primary pathway undertake one block practice in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2 during the course. Trainees on the Early Years pathway undertake one block practice in the EYFS and one in Key Stage 1.

The first block practice is approximately 7 weeks and takes place in the ‘alternate’ Key Stage. The second and third blocks total approximately 13 weeks and constitute your ‘specialist’ Key Stage. Additionally there will be a non-assessed 2 week placement at the start of the programme.

We will place you in schools that help you to develop your professional practice and you must be prepared to be undertaking your training in any of our partnership schools across Wandsworth. Please see the Wandsworth SCITT website for a list of these schools. We will take into account the needs of working parents when organising placements where possible.
Your main in-school experience will progress from observing and working alongside your class teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups and later, for the whole class.

Trainees will be assigned a trained mentor within the school who will be responsible for supporting and guiding professional development and ensuring that everyone has the opportunities they need within the school.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Wandsworth SCITT is a postgraduate course. You will need:

  • an undergraduate degree with honours at 2:2 or above (or equivalent)
  • a standard equivalent to level 4 / grade C in English Language, Maths and Science GCSE.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking, well-organised students who are ready for a challenging but rewarding year.

You need to be:

  • Committed to improving the lives of children and families;
  • Passionate about teaching and learning;
  • Reflective and committed to your professional development;
  • Empathetic, supportive and and effective and building relationships; and
  • Organised, flexible, and solution-focused.

You need to have:

  • Knowledge of UK education system, the National Curriculum and an awareness of current educational issues;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Secure numeracy and literacy skills.

Other requirements

All offers made will be subject to:

  • the candidate demonstrating they possess fundamental English and Maths skills
  • receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • two satisfactory references to include the candidate’s current or most recent employer (if applicable)

For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original NARIC documentation pertaining to these qualifications.

About the training provider

Established in 1996, Wandsworth Primary Schools’ Consortium has built up great expertise in school-based initial teacher training. Working with over twenty diverse local primary schools, three maintained nursery schools and a range of specialist settings, we provide valuable experience for trainees and prepare them exceptionally well for their teaching career.

We offer a gradual and well-supported entry into teaching with a blend of centre-based training and school experience.

Ofsted (2017) noted that “trainees rapidly build up a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience [enabling] them to be well-prepared… confident and professional NQTs.”

100% of graduates rated the overall quality of the programme as good or excellent in our 2019 survey.

Students rate the pastoral support available on our programme highly. “To be successful and confident during your PGCE you need support. I doubt you will find a teacher training course with better support than Wandsworth SCITT” (Oscar, Trainee).

Training with disabilities and other needs

Based in a new-build school, we have lift access to our training centre and the space is wheelchair friendly.

Our group size is small, never exceeding 28. The course director and administrator get to know individual students well from the early stages of the recruitment process. We are on-hand to support and adapt the learning experience accordingly in light of any pre-existing needs or needs that arise during the training period.

We work closely with our Dyslexia Ambassador; a successful maths leader and Key Stage 1 class teacher with dyslexia. He offers practical guidance on how to prepare for school experience and feel confident in the classroom. We work closely with Kingston University and dyslexic students can access support from their specialist team.

Contact details

0203 488 2805
Wandsworth SCITT
St Mary's RC Primary School
7 St Joseph's Street


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