Fields of Learning Teaching School Alliance
Design and Technology (2576)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University
Financial support
Bursary or 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

We offer the School Direct route into initial teacher training – a school based approach to learning to teach.

You will graduate alongside, and with the same certificate as those who follow the traditional PGCE route through university, but with the benefit of experiencing the support of highly experienced teachers and mentors, coaching and supporting you along the rich and varied path to becoming a newly qualified teacher.

You will have :

  • A main placement school with an experienced mentor in your subject area
  • Weekly meetings with your mentor
  • Weekly professional development time with other trainee teachers on our courses
  • A contrasting second placement school to expand your experience and network of colleagues
  • Weekly guidance and prompts to help you stay on track
  • Opportunities to contribute to the wider life and ethos of the school
  • Weekly sessions at Sheffield Hallam University

To see what some of our past trainees have said about our courses, please click here

Interview process

The interview process will include

  • An introduction to our Teaching School staff
  • A presentation about our Teaching School offer
  • A tour of Tapton School
  • A written communications task
  • A subject knowledge task
  • Teaching a mini lesson
  • A formal interview

We will ask you to bring along some photo identification and your qualification certificates for checking.

We will communicate the outcome of the interview via email within three working days. If you have been successful, we will make you aware of all of the next steps that will need to take place before the start of the course in September 2020.

How school placements work

We have numerous partner schools within our alliance and we discuss your preference on your interview day so that wherever possible we can try to ensure that your main placement school is agreeable to you. You will start in your main school in September and remain until the Christmas half term.

You then visit a second school. We organise this in order to provide you with a contrasting and enriching placement to deepen your experience. This will be for 6 weeks. In some cases this will also include some sixth form teaching if that has not been possible in your main placement.

You then return to your main school and complete the course in June.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,500

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

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



Anyone with a degree can apply to train on a School Direct programme.

You will need to have GSCE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths.

About the training provider

With Fields of Learning you will receive a rich classroom based PGCE experience accredited through Sheffield Hallam University working with an outstanding team of supportive and highly experienced teachers and fully accredited mentors with a reputation for being the best practitioners in their fields.

  • You will play a full role in school life and we will value your fresh subject experience, energy and new perspectives
  • The support you receive from recruitment onwards, ensures that your professional learning is personalised
  • We guarantee a diverse and contrasting range of experiences and your training will be enriched by a stimulating second placement - bespoke to meet your needs and interests
  • 89% of our trainees received a good or outstanding grade at the end of the course last year
  • The intention to employ within our alliance for our most successful beginner teachers is high. Typically our trainees secure immediate employment at the end of the course

We also offer a comprehensive School Experience Programme designed to give you a flavour of what life is like in a school. If you wish to gain some experience in a secondary school please register or log in at Get into Teaching and find us from the list.

Alternatively you may wish to gain experience in a primary school you can find out about this by emailing

Contact details

0114 2671414
Fields of Learning TSA
Tapton School
Darwin Lane
S10 5RG


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: 161
  • Training programme code: 2576

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
Firth Park Academy
Fircroft Avenue, Sheffield S5 0SD
Yes G
Handsworth Grange Community Sports College
Handsworth Grange Road, Sheffield S13 9HJ
Yes F
Newfield School
Lees Hall Road, Sheffield S8 9JP
Yes D
Tapton School
Darwin Lane, Sheffield S10 5RG
Yes N
Tibshelf Community School
Doe Hill Lane, Tibshelf, Derbyshire DE55 5LZ
Yes T

Support and advice

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

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