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.

Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

About the training provider

West Park Darlington Partnership is a commitment to ensuring that all learners within our partnership schools and wider partners have access to bespoke learning pathways enabling them to succeed. This ethos applies to our children and young people as well as our trainees, teachers and support staff as learners. We work closely with the University of Sunderland, the partnership schools and our own strategic partners to provide continuity of experiences to ensure judgements and training reaches the required standards.

Training as a PGCE School Direct student ensures that you will be in your host school from your first day on the course and will have the opportunity to spend the year being part of an accomplished and experienced school staff team working within the wider curriculum. You will complete an additional placement in the spring term in one of our contrasting partner schools. You will study at the University of Sunderland for around fifteen days during your full training year.

West Park Academy (W) is the lead school for the partnership and as a Lead School we help to advertise School Direct vacancies for our host 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).

The school that you are applying for will be one of two placement schools where you will be placed throughout the year.

About the accredited body

We are proud to work in Partnership with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners.

Through our partnership with the University our Trainee Teachers benefit from the support of our Primary Tutor Team who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. The School of Education is world leading in research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the university who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement:

“We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability. “

The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia.

On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:

Website: Disability Services Email: disability.support@sunderland.ac.uk

Tel: 0191 515 2952

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.

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

Support and advice

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