English with Fields of Learning Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: Sheffield Hallam University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

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 plus access to our transition-to-teaching and wellbeing leader for support
  • 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 https://www.learningfields.org.uk/page/?title=Quotes+from+Current+and+Past+Trainees&pid=26

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 2019.

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 Spring 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 5 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 2019/2020 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 - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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 or above in English and Maths and also pass a skills test in numeracy and literacy before you begin your course with us. These are core skills that all teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools.

You can find more information about the skills tests at the Get into teaching website.

Or you can call learndirect's helpdesk from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm on 0300 303 9613 or email them at support@sta.learndirect.com

Contact details

0114 2671414
Fields of Learning TSA
Tapton School
Darwin Lane


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: 2577

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
G Firth Park Academy Fircroft Avenue, Sheffield S5 0SD
E Forge Valley Community School Wood Lane, Sheffield S6 5HG
N Tapton School Darwin Lane, Sheffield S10 5RG
T Tibshelf Community School Doe Hill Lane, Tibshelf, Derbyshire DE55 5LZ
F Handsworth Grange Community Sports College Handsworth Grange Road, Sheffield S13 9HJ

Advice and support

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

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