Computing (2TSK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chester
Financial support
Scholarship, 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

The course starts in September with your first placement starting immediately. You will spend most of your time in school, either here at SJP or in one of our partner schools, with a dedicated subject mentor and a professional mentor who will oversee your training. You will be part of the school community from day one. You will start observing lessons and will gradually start teaching at a pace that suits you. You will be guided every step of the way by our experienced mentors and teachers.

Interview process

Interview takes the form of a written task, an opportunity to interact with students, observation of your chosen subject and an interview with one of our Senior Leadership Team and the Head of the Department that you have applied to join.

How school placements work

You will have three placements, with two of them being in the same school setting. You will be teaching students aged 11 to 18 over the course of your three placements. At least one of your placements will be in St John Plessington Catholic College.

It is important that you are able to travel as placements will be in Alliance schools and trainees may also have joint professional development sessions in Alliance schools. Placements will be in schools of contrasting natures and you will have the opportunity to benefit from first-class professional development.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,450

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

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



2:1 degree or above (will accept 2:2 for Chemistry, Maths, MFL and Physics)

GCSE A*-C grade in Mathematics and English Language

You must meet the University’s general entry requirements for PGCE.

Recent school experience e.g. observations, voluntary assistance or learning support in UK schools is desirable for both primary and secondary applicants (see our School Experience provision).

About the training provider

St John Plessington Catholic College (SJP) is an 11-18 comprehensive school on the Wirral, judged by Ofsted to be an outstanding school in all areas in May 2013. We were named the TES School of the Year 2010-11 and in 2013 we won the TES Maths and Numeracy Award as well as being runners up for the English and Literacy Award.

Contact details

Old Chester Road
CH63 7LF


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: 1KT
  • Training programme code: 2TSK

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
Main Site
Old Chester Road, Bebington, Wirral CH63 7LF
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Support and advice

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