Town End Teaching School
Primary (27LY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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

School Direct is a national teacher training initiative offering the exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge skills and professional attitudes that will enable you to start you on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher and a future school leader.

TETSA can offer you:

Outstanding pedagogy delivered by specialist staff in all areas of the curriculum

School based training sessions delivered by outstanding leaders and staff in a range of settings across our partner schools

Strong and skilled support networks in the application of effective teaching and learning methodology

Strong partnerships between Northumbria University and our school-based trainers

Continuing professional development opportunities

Employment opportunities

Professional and approachable ITT mentors

NQT support

Our launch and celebration events are hosted at the stunning Ramside Hall in County Durham.Both visits are inclusive of an overnight stay, all meals and use of the spa facilities.The opportunities provide you with a relaxed environment to get to know one another and reflect upon your learning.

Interview process

During the interview process you will be required to deliver a short teaching activity, complete a selection of written tasks and take part in a formal interview. The formal interview panel will be made up of a Teaching School Lead and members of Senior Leadership from schools within our partnership. On occasion, course leaders from Northumbria University may also sit on the interview panel.

How school placements work

TETSA are a large and collaborative family of carefully selected schools across the North East, which can enable you to gain experience, knowledge and support in a diverse range of exciting and fulfilling settings. With the wealth and breadth of experience across our alliance we can tailor your training and professional development to your needs.

We currently offer placements within Early Years, Primary and SEN schools ranging from ages 3 to 11. Trainees will take part in 3 school based placements across 2 different settings.


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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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



All candidates are required to have, or are expected to gain: - A good degree of a United Kingdom HEI of 2.2 or above although applicants with a 2.1 or 1st class degree will be seen as more desirable. - GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Applicants who are currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place if successful on interview until the grade can be confirmed. Applicants must have passed the English and mathematics skills test before commencing the course.

Personal qualities

Experience working with children in a school or other settings will enhance your application as well as a reference containing a strong recommendation that you are suitable to train as a primary school teacher. In addition to the academic qualifications we will consider the full range of knowledge, skills and prior experiences of every application in judging whether the applicant is capable of meeting the requirements.

Other requirements

All places offered will be subject to a DBS check prior to starting the course. This will be completed by Northumbria University.

About the training provider

Town End Teaching School Alliance (TETSA) was established in 2012. Since then, we have established strong alliances with other schools across the North East. The lead school is Town End Academy, which is an outstanding school in Sunderland and part of WISE Academies which incorporates a number of schools across the North East.

Children are at the forefront of everything that TETSA do. In order to secure the best outcomes for pupils, we support staff at all stages of their career to grow and be part of schools which provide an excellent all-round education to every child.

In partnership with several schools, in a range of different contexts, the alliance is committed to creating partnerships that will improve teaching and learning in our own schools and beyond.

About the accredited body

PGCE School Direct at Northumbria University Newcastle is an exciting opportunity to teacher train in outstanding schools alongside highly experienced teacher mentors. Your School Based Training Plan is designed by the lead school and tailored to your skills and expertise. Over the course of your training, you will gain experience in more than one school and teach across different year groups within your training age phase.

Applicants are welcomed for Early Years, Primary, Secondary Subjects and Special School places that our partner schools have been allocated.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Town End Teaching School is an inclusive provider. Please contact us for further details.

Contact details

Borodin Avenue
Tyne & Wear


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

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

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

  • Training provider code: 15Q
  • Training programme code: 27LY

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Hylton Castle Primary School
Caithness Road, Hylton Castle, Sunderland SR5 3RE
Yes F
Main Site
WISE Academies, Borodin Avenue, Sunderland SR5 4NX
Yes -
Seascape Primary
Ellison Road, Peterlee, County Durham SR8 5NJ
Yes N
Southwick Primary
Shakespeare Street, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 2JX
Yes G
Woodlea Primary School
Gill Crescent South, Fence Houses, Houghton-Le-Spring DH4 6AR
Yes D

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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