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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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, and Quality Assurance Officer.

Your progress will be monitored and assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competence. The final assessment in June will be made against the framework of the Teachers’ Standards,

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

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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 maths or science.

We do not offer equivalency tests and expect that applicants make their own arrangements with a suitable provider, e.g. A Star Equivalency or Equivalency Testing.

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.

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 £9,250

TUITION FEES: Invoicing for Self-Funding Trainees

Invoice 1: 2nd August Due Date: 1st September Amount Due: £6000

Invoice 2: 1st December Due Date: January 1st Amount Due: £3250

TUITION FEES: Liability Periods Typically, all students complete the full PGCE programme. However, if for any reason you have to withdraw from the programme our liability periods are set out below (based on dates for the 2021-22 period):

Period 1 Withdrawals on or before 1 October 100% refund 0% liability

Period 2 Withdrawals between 2 October 2021 to 4 January 2022 inclusive 75% refund 25% liability

Period 3 Withdrawals between 5 January 2022 to 26 April 2022 inclusive 50% refund 50% liability

Period 4 Withdrawals after 26 April 2021 0% refund 100% liability

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.

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 2021 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).

Interview process

Please apply through DfE Apply.

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.

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

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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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