Chorus Education Trust and Sheffield Teaching School Alliance
English (25DR)

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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance training programme will take place in a collaborative and supportive network of schools where you will gain experience in two contrasting schools and a variety of educational settings.

As a group of schools we have developed a specialised programme of training which is designed to complement academic input but also to utilise the expertise and strengths of the staff and schools in the alliance.

We are confident that you will receive an excellent start to your teaching career with Sheffield Teaching School Alliance and that you will be well placed to gain employment within the Alliance and in the region. We have a clear path of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for excellent trainees who become Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT), Recently Qualified Teacher (RQTs) and for future Middle and Senior Leaders. This is provided through our NQT training programme, Early Career Development Programme and links with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Licensee provision for Middle and Senior Leaders. Many of these programmes provide Masters' Level accreditation through Sheffield Hallam University which builds on the PGCE course.

Interview process

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University will shortlist candidates and invite successful candidates for interview at, either, Silverdale School or another partner school in the alliance. The interview process will include representatives from the schools and will be a half-day to full day process. We are committed to providing a high quality experience for prospective trainees and have planned our interview days accordingly. The process may be longer than you have anticipated but the end result is that we have the best trainees working with the best schools for their needs. We will contact every successful applicant at the end of the interview day and make them a conditional offer. Similarly we will explain why we have not made an offer. This phone call will include feedback on your performance on the day and any help we can offer you as you continue to pursue other routes into teaching.

How school placements work

Our School Direct Secondary programme includes placements in two of our partner schools providing experience in contrasting settings, your main placement being approximately 24 weeks over the academic year with a short complementary placement of approximately 6 weeks.

You will be trained to teach your specialist subject and will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards at KS3 and KS4 across the 11-16 age range .Your timetable at school will include teaching at KS3 and KS4. In addition to this you will have a post-16 experience. The majority of trainees are placed in an 11-18 school for one of their periods of school based training and will be involved in planning, teaching and assisting in KS5 lessons. For the minority, who are not placed in an 11-18 school, a four day placement will be organised in a post-16 setting. You will also be supported in preparing to teach at KS5 through the subject knowledge and pedagogy sessions at the University. You will not be assessed against the Teachers' Standards at K55.

Further training will be provided by the schools and the alliance in a variety of educational settings. We have developed a specialised programme of training which is designed to complement academic input. Our training utilises the expertise and strengths of highly experienced Teachers, Mentors and schools within our partnership.


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’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.



  • A UK honours degree at classification 2:2 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above or equivalent.
  • If English is not your first language: an IELTS average score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 235 (computer based).
  • Pass the pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate the potential to be an outstanding teacher with a passion for your subject and sound subject knowledge and an understanding of educational context in the U.K. We also welcome applications that demonstrate good written English, resilience, enthusiasm, confidence, the ability to be reflective and emotional intelligence. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and show your empathy and understanding when considering how a child develops. Your application should also detail how much experience you have gained in an educational setting. We consider each application on its merits.

Other requirements

Successful applicants will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and your proposed career would be desirable. Your application should include details of how much experience you have gained in an educational setting or any school experience you have arranged to undertake in the near future. You will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS and health check.

About the training provider

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA) is led by Silverdale secondary school (rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted) and is part of Chorus Education Trust.

Our 1-year School Direct courses run from September 2019 and provide Initial Teacher Training as follows:


  • A Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) including 60 Masters' Credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Sheffield Hallam University. You can choose to study early years and primary education; early years with Special School focus; or primary education.


  • A Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) including 60 Masters' Credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Sheffield Hallam University for these subjects: Art & Design; Biology; Business Education; Chemistry; Computer Studies; Design & Tech; Design & Tech (food); Drama (as part of Secondary Education PGCE); English; Geography; History; Maths; Modern Languages; Music; PE; Physics; RE; Social Sciences (as part of Secondary Education PGCE).
  • A Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) including 120 Masters Credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from The University of Sheffield in Geography and Maths.

Places are available in an excellent and varied network of 60+ schools across Sheffield and the Peak District. The schools who are partnered with the Alliance offer high quality training for trainees who wish to train to teach in Primary or Secondary Phases.

As a well established Teaching School, we have a strong track record of supporting our trainees into their first jobs. Every year 80-100% of them find a job within just one month of the course.

About the accredited body

Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam recently received an 'Outstanding' rating for their primary teacher training. They also received 'Good' grades for their secondary provision.

They pride themselves on the applied nature of student learning and quality of their teaching. The recent Ofsted report praised the quality and level of knowledge of their trainees upon completion of their studies and the high regard they are held in by the university's partners in the region.

Their city centre campus provides a wide range of support services and facilities for students.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance and our university partners are committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If you wish to discuss how we can support you during your Initial Teacher Training or for further advice, please contact us on 0114 235 7980.

Contact details

Sheffield Teaching School Alliance, Silverdale School
Bents Crescent
South Yorkshire
S11 9QH


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: 1N5
  • Training programme code: 25DR

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
Sheffield Sheffield S1 1WB U
Silverdale School (Lead School) Bents Crescent, Sheffield S11 9QH S
Peak District hope Valley College, Castleton Road, Hope S33 6SD P

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