Bluecoat Academy
Primary (26X5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Our school based training means you will be based in one of our partner schools on placement Monday – Thursday, and treated by the school as a member of staff. On Friday trainees come together for a day’s training of pedagogy and subject knowledge, following a comprehensive programme across the year. The PGCE delivered by Sheffield Hallam University will also take place on four Fridays across the year at the SCITT Training Centre (Nottingham). In the Spring term you will spend 6 weeks at another school, as the training must include teaching in two schools. Trainees are assessed throughout the year against the Teaching Standards working towards QTS. There are two PGCE assignments due in January and May.

The course has been carefully structured to guide you through your transformation from a skilled practitioner to a confident teacher within a practical learning environment. Your choice to begin this course was just the beginning of your journey to learn and understand how to capture the observations and curiosity of young, aspiring children.

You will understand the National Curriculum and relevant Key Stages.

The course aims to:

  • Fulfil and support the general aims of the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham Programme as set out in the submitted scheme
  • Develop competencies specific to the phase and subject which you are teaching
  • Ensure that trainees are competent professionals and effective teachers
  • Encourage an enthusiasm for education
  • Encourage trainees to challenge pupils and to meet their individual needs through personalisation.

A Subject /Phase Lead. They will help you with specific subject issues and lead the Sessions on Friday.

You will have a professional subject mentor on each placement with an hour’s 1:1 mentoring session every week.

You will also be assigned a "buddy"; someone who has been through our programme or similar route.

You will also work with colleagues throughout your school, in learning support and the Senior Leadership Team who will be pro-active in helping you.

"What a fantastic year! The SCITT course is well structured and progressively introduces trainees to the demands of the profession in preparation for a successful career in teaching. I was unquestionably supported during the year by course leaders, mentors and friends."

“I enjoy coming together for our training day , where we can share our experiences from our placement schools, and take away excellent advice and information that we take back into the classroom."

Interview process

We are passionate about providing quality educational experiences for the young people in our care and, as such, we are looking for passionate and inspirational trainees and will be evaluating this in your interview. The interview takes approximately ½ a day. We are looking for an understanding of school-based training; an awareness of current educational issues; a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling; clear reasons for wanting to teach; commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability; maturity and self-confidence; and an appropriate level of subject knowledge.

The structure of the interview will normally include the following:

  • a short presentation
  • a formal interview
  • a written activity

….as well as the opportunity to ask any questions.

If you are successful at this interview you will be offered a conditional place.

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Throughout the day, staff involved in the interviews and activities will be assessing applicants, their suitability to work with children, experience, qualifications (and subject knowledge) and potential to become a trainee teacher.

How school placements work

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance works with a range of different partner schools across Nottingham, selected carefully to ensure trainees have a high quality experience. Collaboration and partnership is the foundation of school-based training. In hosting trainees, partner schools shall ensure that trainees have access to a range of experiences, allowing them to fulfil the requirements of all of the Teachers’ Standards applicable to the phase being taught, and will be invited to participate in programme planning and improvements to the programme as part of the self-evaluation process.

Trainees are asked at interview if they have a preference of placement school, taking into account any personal circumstances and ability to travel.

Training takes place across the full academic year, September to July. Trainees will be in their placement school from the first day of term (having been suitably inducted and orientated by their mentor/school staff), and will undertake a second school placement in the spring for 6 weeks.

The trainees increase their teaching commitment throughout the year.

They will roughly follow the programme below:

Weeks 1 - 2 Observing lessons

Autumn Term Working up to teaching 6 hours a week

Spring Term Working up to teaching 10 hours a week

Summer Term Working up to teaching 15 hours a week

Trainees would be expected to plan and mark for the lessons they are teaching, as well as attending relevant parents evening and extra-curricular sessions. The trainees are not to be left unattended whilst teaching and should receive feedback on each of their teaching episodes


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Fees are paid pro rata across the three terms to fall in line with the arrangements of student finance with the SLC:

October 25%

February 25%

May 50%

There are no other costs.

We will ask you to confirm your method of payment, and agree to maintain repayments by completing a tuition fee payment agreement.

All trainees will be invoiced for payments at each of the instalment periods.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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



UK Degree or recognised standard equivalent at least 2:2 or above (please contact us if this is not the case, to discuss).

For primary applicants, the degree does not need to be subject specific.

For secondary applicants this should be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. Ideally, we would expect that at least 50% of your degree is relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

GCSE (or recognised standard equivalent) grade C or 4 or above in English and Mathematics (and a Science subject at grade C or 4 or above for Primary).

Personal qualities

A desire to teach and work with young people.

All teachers need to be able to communicate well.

A commitment to work hard. Our teachers and partnership schools will work hard in supporting you, and you must demonstrate equal commitment.

Teaching is about working with others - we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other trainees and with teachers.

You need to be open to new ideas, willing to review your own progress and reflect on the new situations in which you will find yourself. You will need to be organised and independent.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for 'Fitness to Teach'.

All applicants must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. You will be required to disclose previous offences as part of the checks.

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, and everyone involved in the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham trainee placements shares this commitment, and are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.

About the training provider

Bluecoat SCITT is passionate about education and the role education plays in transforming pupils’ future opportunities. Forming part of Archway Learning Trust we proudly share values of “Educational Excellence” for all pupils. We strive to ensure that all trainees are fully equipped for a career in teaching, ensuring the dedication and skill-set to remove any barriers to learning pupils in their classes may face. We are unapologetic in our drive to provide high quality trainees to work with pupils of all backgrounds from a wide spectrum of educational beginnings.

The advantage of school based training is the significant amount of time spent in schools, who are selected because they want to train new entrants to the profession to become outstanding practitioners. You are in school Monday – Thursday learning first-hand from practising teachers with a proven track record for excellence. We work with a range of different schools across Nottinghamshire and organise a tailored placement for you, to fit your individual needs, allowing you to become fully immersed in school life and wider community. This is underpinned by high quality training each Friday, covering an extensive range of different teaching skills delivered by experts in their field.

We pride ourselves on the layers of support our trainees receive. You will be assigned a Subject/Phase Lead who will help you with specific subject issues and lead subject/phase sessions.

You will be supported by an experienced subject teacher mentor on each placement offering 1:1 support each week.

About the accredited body

We offer QTS + PGCE (60 Master Credits from Sheffield Hallam University).

Ofsted 2017 reported;

• Leadership of the provision is a strength; Leaders have a clear moral purpose and ambition to ensure that the provision meets the needs of trainees.

• Very strong and effective engagement of the partnership. Employment rates are good, meeting local needs well.

• Trainees have high standards of professionalism,

receive high-quality and tailored support in response to their emerging needs.

• High-quality well planned subject training takes place weekly, carefully focused so that trainees are quickly able to apply their learning in classroom

Training with disabilities and other needs

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality and diversity across all aspects of the partnership. We aim to ensure equality of opportunity for all trainee teachers and staff, in an environment in which all individuals are recognised as being of equal value and are able to make best use of their skills through equality of opportunity. Our commitment to equality is, in part, achieved through the eradication of discrimination including disability (physical or mental impairment). We support the ethos of the social model of disability which attempts to remove barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people. We encourage all trainee teachers, or stakeholders to alert a relevant member of staff if they are disabled or become disabled in order that the SCITT can support them as appropriate.

If you require any special access arrangements, or disability support, we will ensure your placement school is suited to your needs and able to provide the support you require.

Contact details

0115 9007230
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
Sherwood Rise


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 12W
  • Training programme code: 26X5

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Bluecoat Aspley Academy, Aspley Lane, Aspley, Nottingham NG8 5GY
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