Sponne School
Primary (24DG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Grand Union Training Partnership
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

The GUTP Primary general course aims to:

• train reflective teachers who ensure the learning progress and outcomes for pupils is the main focus of their teaching

• develop Associate Teacher's subject knowledge for teaching enabling them to plan and deliver creative, effective teaching, engaging learners and using appropriate assessment strategies to demonstrate pupils' progress

• consider the role and relationship of teachers and learners in the classroom with particular reference to individual differences, teaching and learning styles, differentiation and the management of pupil behaviours

• ensure Associate Teachers meet the Standards for Teaching at the highest levels of professional attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills

Our partnership of primary training providers are carefully selected on the basis of their experience and expertise; staff from within the schools will deliver the majority of the practically focused training including:

• phonics

• numeracy

• statutory requirements

• teaching and learning

• child development

• inclusion

• behaviour for learning

• subject knowledge

• Assessment for Learning

• creativity and innovation

As a school based training provider, we have a strong team of mentors who will work one to one with Associate Teachers supporting, guiding and advising throughout the training programme.

To compliment the practical and core training our Associate Teachers enjoy, the GUTP works closely with the University of Leicester to provide an academic programme which enhances reflective skills.

In conjunction with our partnership schools, we are able to ensure our Associate Teachers experience teaching in all primary key stages (which may necessitate three practical placements).

Assessment is by a variety of methods:

  • A portfolio of evidence built up over the full course
  • A standards log to measure your progress against the NCTL standards as in Qualifying to Teach
  • A number of presentations and three longer assignments which aim to develop powers of observation and reflection, the ability to relate published data to your own classroom research and, finally, the ability to experiment with different teaching styles and methodologies.

Study facilities and support:

  • The scheme supports Associate Teachers with relevant ICT equipment.
  • A small professional library is kept at the lead school and course members have access to specialised material at the University of Leicester.

Interview process

Applicants who are invited to interview will normally spend a half day in the GUTP Training Centre being given an overview of the structure of our course in addition to having to complete some written tasks. Candidates are also required to spend a day in one of our associated Primary schools gaining classroom experience in the morning followed by a formal interview in the afternoon with the GUTP Primary Deputy Director along with the Head Teacher of the primary school. As part of the interview, the candidate will be expected to give two presentations on the tasks they have been asked to prepare for in advance.

How school placements work

A typical week would involve: general professional studies sessions at the lead school; a meeting with the Associate Teacher's mentor and subject focused training sessions.

During the two block teaching practices regular meetings with mentors are continued.

There may be a third placement at a contrasting type of school to ensure all key stages and a broad range of schools are experienced.

We value the experiences that our Associate Teachers bring with them and we try to be flexible in meeting their particular needs when placing them in their host schools.

In order to find the most suitable placement for each trainee, we look at the distance they would have to travel from home to school, the Key Stage they will be teaching and the availability of the most appropriate School Based Tutor.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

The Grand Union Training Partnership has made a conscious decision to freeze our tuition fees for 2019-20 so they will remain at £9000. We will, of course, continue to provide the usual outstanding quality of training for which we are renowned.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Please refer to Department of Education website for up-to-date information relating to Initial Teacher Training funding.



Minimum degree required: Lower Second

A relevant degree

GCSEs Grade C or 4 or above in English, Maths and Science.

Personal qualities

Associate Teachers are selected from a wide age range with a good balance of people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Some will be straight from university; others may have had considerable experience of another career. A majority of our Associate Teachers come from within a 25 mile radius of the Partnership schools.

Successful candidates are able to show:

  • A commitment to teaching which may be demonstrated by evidence of previous work with young people.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with pupils and with adults.
  • A genuine interest in sharing enthusiasm for learning.

Contact details

Brackley Road


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: 1PJ
  • Training programme code: 24DG

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
Main Site Sponne School, Brackley Road, Towcester NN12 6DJ -

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