Darlington West Park Partnership
Primary (35JQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This course will mostly be based in your host school, supported by time spent in a second school to develop teaching and allow you to experience a diverse range of teaching opportunities. You will be supported by the University of Sunderland’s experienced trainers, as well as your class teacher and school mentor. Your school will be able to give you more information about the specific support that they will provide for you.

You will usually spend one full day a week at the University of Sunderland, plus induction days and review weeks. You will pay a tuition fee for your course and you will be eligible to apply for the many generous, tax-free government scholarships on offer.

Assessments will be a mix of written assignments, case studies and one to one assessments of your teaching practice. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. You will be in University for an average of 15 days during the full training year; the University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research. You can train to be either a Primary or a Secondary teacher on this route.

On the School Direct route your work-based learning will be based in the school. You will have a School Mentor and a University Tutor who will assess your written work and your teaching practice. You will also have support from a University Mentor.

Interview process

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview either at the University of Sunderland or at a school within the Training Partnership where your course will be running from. Each school can choose what they require from you at interview to demonstrate your understanding and practice, this may include: giving a brief presentation on a topic chosen by the school, reading a story to young children, teaching a short episode to a designated class, leading a discussion with young adults or even being interviewed by the School Council. Every interview will finish with a formal interview, where the school and University will explore your motivation for wanting to enter the teaching profession and your understanding of the role and responsibilities of teachers. The interview is a chance for you to show your personality and motivation behind your decision to teach, and what knowledge and transferable skills you will bring with you to your training.

How school placements work

All the schools in our partnership are primary schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are West Park Primary School (W), Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S) and George Dent Nursery School (G). In Sunderland we have St Mary's RC Primary (M).

You will select to specialise in an age range , either 3-7 or 7-11 and the host school that you are applying for will be one of two placement schools where you will be placed throughout the year to develop this specialism.


The course fees for 2019/2020 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.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You will need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Science, and English Language and a range of National Curriculum subjects. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.

Personal qualities

Trainees should be able to:

Demonstrate a passion for working with children and inspiring learning.

Develop excellent professional relationships across the school community based on mutual respect.

Take initiative in a range of school contexts and accept responsibility for accessing training opportunities in school.

Use reflection and evaluation to adapt their teaching, drawing on a wide range of practical and creative strategies.

Exhibit passion and desire to become an outstanding teacher.

Work effectively as a team member, bringing fresh ideas as well as acknowledging the importance of learning from more experienced colleagues.

Other requirements

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

A pass on the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department for Education. This is essential before you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Contact details

01325 380792
Alderman Leach Drive


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: 1DB
  • Training programme code: 35JQ

Choose a training location

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

Name Address Code
West Park Academy Alderman Leach Drive, Darlington DL2 2GF W
Reid Street Primary School Reid Street, Darlington DL3 6EX S
St Mary's RC Primary Meadowside,, Sunderland SR2 7QN M
Red Hall Primary School Headingley Crescent, Darlington DL1 2ST H
George Dent Nursery School Elms Rd,, Darlington DL3 7PY G

Support and advice

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

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