Primary with Achieve with TELA Accredited provider: University of Leicester

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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 Achieve with TELA School Direct programme is an established programme with a successful track record working in partnership with University of Leicester.

The course structure during your training year is split between time at University and three high quality teaching placements over two schools. During your school placement you will have an experienced and supportive mentor in school and cover teaching practice across the varied age ranges.

You will also be part of the Achieve Primary Network sessions that run during your school placements and are led by Primary Head teacher from across the alliance.

Taught sessions at the University link theory with practice and prepare you for your teaching placements and completion of your assignments. These sessions introduce you to the principles and theory of good teaching practice and prepare you for your placements. These take place in the School of Education and are delivered by University tutors.

You will be required to select a specialism at the beginning of your course. In addition to Maths and Lower Primary, other options may include Inclusion, Science, and English (subject to availability)

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by a personal tutor who’ll meet with you regularly to provide guidance, as well as monitoring your progress. On each of your teaching placements, you’ll also be supported by a visiting University tutor whose role is to ensure things run smoothly and that you have the best possible experience.

Your progress will be assessed throughout the course by your personal tutor, school-based mentors and other University tutors.

You’ll also be required to complete two, 5,000-word written assignments. These are closely linked to the time you’ll spend in school and require you to reflect critically on your experience and learning during your placements.

All students on our PGCE course begin on the Masters-level route. Depending on your attainment in the written assignments, you’ll graduate with one of two awards:

*Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which provides 90 Level 7 Masters credits.

*Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which does not carry Masters level credits.

For students who meet the assessment criteria, both qualifications lead to recommendation for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

Interview process

ST Peters Primary School is the lead school for primary in the Achieve alliance and will co-ordinate the recruitment process.

On receipt of your UCAS application, it will be screened to ensure that you met our criteria. We are looking for evidence across the following areas:

• Suitable academic qualifications (refer to entry requirements)

• Experience (paid or voluntary) in UK schools or educational-related settings, or in wider working with children or young people environment.

• A personal statement which shows an ability to reflect on this experience. Consider how your experiences, skills and achievements provide evidence that you have the potential to meet the selection criteria. Pay particular attention to reflecting on relevant experience in a way that indicates a capacity for critical reflection and an awareness of key issues in education.

• References, you will require an academic and non-academic reference. Please refer to the see the UCAS website for more guidance on suitable referees.

If your application is successfully you will be invited to an assessment day. This will involve a 1/2-day interview at an Alliance primary school. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

The day will include:

Classroom observation task

Discussion task

Ten-minute presentation

Staff panel interview

If successful at the school assessment we will recommend you for a further 1/2 day interview at the University.

How school placements work

School placements are three high quality teaching placements over two schools.

During your school placements you will have an experienced and supportive mentor in school along with the support from Achieve and the University.

Were possible we will tell you which schools your placements are in prior to you starting the course. This gives you the opportunity to visit your placement schools and meet the teams you will be training with before you start your placement. If you have a preference for a placement in one of our alliance schools, please do let us know and if we can we will try to accommodate your request, subject to availability.


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.

Financial support from the training provider

You'll pay the University tuition fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries or scholarships.

Please check the University website for confirmation on their tuition fees and support available.



*Honours degree at (or predicted) 2:1 degree (or above)

*GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science.

*A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. (New grading system from 2017 GCSE ' Grade 4' or above)

Overseas applicants will need to prove equivalent overseas qualifications.

Personal qualities

The Achieve School Direct programme is a challenging course and we aim to recruit the best. We are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge and relevant experience as well as a passion for working with young people.

This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people, being able to develop positive relationships with young people and adults. An ability to listen, be sensitive, work collaboratively and respond to the needs of others are all crucial. You will need to be able to express your ideas confidently both orally and in writing.

Other requirements

All trainee students will be subject to enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau

About the training provider

Achieve with TELA School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme is an established programme with a successful track record of recruiting the best and providing a high-quality experience. Our ethos is to train, employ and grow our own teachers and future leaders in Leicestershire and surrounding areas.

“The experience and opportunities you will receive are invaluable” LP/English Achieve School Direct Trainee

Achieve have been involved in teacher training for over 10 years and have a proven track record of success with the majority of our graduates finding employment within our alliance of schools.

“A very supportive alliance. Talented staff with a passion to teach people how to teach” MM/ Drama Achieve School Direct Trainee

We provide Schools Direct Initial Teacher Training in primary and secondary education. Working in partnership with three universities: University of Leicester, Loughborough University, and Warwick University. All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters Credits.

“The training sessions were relevant and pragmatic. As well as the content it was always great to meet up with other Achieve trainees” AD /Science -Achieve School Direct Trainee

Our school based provision includes high quality teaching placements with experienced and supportive mentors in two schools with varied age ranges.

“Getting to experience a number of different schools during training was incredibly worthwhile “ JF/ Maths -Achieve School Direct Trainee

Achieve and TELA are with you every step of the way through your teaching career.

About the accredited provider

We provide Schools Direct Initial Teacher Training in primary and secondary education in partnership with the University of Leicester . All courses will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters Credits.

The subjects we offer with Leicester are;








MFL (French)


Training with disabilities and other needs

We are happy to receive applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the candidates needs across the alliance.

Contact details

Thomas Estley Community College
Station Road
Broughton Astley


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: 1R3
  • Training programme code: 2NYH

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Z Thomas Estley Learning Alliance Lead School : Thomas Estley, Station Road, Broughton Astley LE9 6PT
6 Old Mill Primary School Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, Leicestershire LE9 6PT
5 Hallbrook Primary School 1 Hallbrook Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester LE9 6WX
Q Croft Primary School Brookes Avenue, Croft, Leicester LE9 3GJ
8 Richmond Primary School Stoke Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3EA
9 St Peters Primary School Wale Road, Whetstone, Leicester, Leicestershire LE8 6NJ
7 Orchard Primary School Blenheim Crescent, Broughton Astley, Leicester, Leicestershire LE9 6QX
1 Cosby Primary School Portland Street, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1TE
2 Arnesby School Mill Hill Road, Arnesby, Leicester, Leicestershire LE8 5WG
3 Badgerbrook Primary School Badger Drive, Whetstone, Leicester LE8 6ZW

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