Nottingham Catholic Teaching School Alliance
Primary (3X65)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
Financial support

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
13 June 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This is a salaried training place.

Most of your training will take place 'on the job'; in the classroom and at weekly Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training sessions run by highly skilled staff in the academy. You will also take part in whole-academy inset days and will attend Department and Team/Year Group meetings. You will be part of the team from day one!

Trainees attend lectures and seminars with the accredited provider typically one day a week, with the rest of the time spent in the academy.

You will be assigned an academy-based Subject Mentor and Professional Tutor. They will meet with you on a weekly basis to provide guidance and support.

With the support of your Subject Mentor and Professional Tutor, your teaching responsibility will increase over the first two terms until you are eventually teaching around 75% of a full timetable.

A contrasting placement in a second setting is undertaken during the Spring term. This will provide a broader view of educational issues and experiences.


Year 1:

 Learning and Teaching

 Classroom Focused Development

 School Experience 1

 School Experience 2


Sessions are a range of interactive seminars, lectures and tutorials which normally take place on a Friday and you will be expected

to undertake a significant amount of self-study as part of your programme. Placements will make up a significant part of the course

during this time you will work with the support of a school mentor to evidence the QTS Teachers’ Standards. There is some time set

aside for enrichment activities enabling you to explore education in its widest contexts.

BGU academic staff comprise of qualified teachers, visiting tutors with specialist knowledge and skills, those recognised as Fellows of

the Higher Education Academy and active researchers.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout the course and will undertake different types of assessment. The Learning and

Teaching module involves a portfolio and Classroom Focused Development a Research Report. The QTS Teachers’ Standards are

assessed through observation, discussion, written/oral reflection and evaluation focussed on pupil progress.

Interview process

Our aim is to identify your aptitude and potential to meet the Teachers' Standards at the highest level, and to meet the demands of the PGCE course outcomes. If invited for interview, you will be asked to evidence the following:

•Subject knowledge. We will explore the level of that subject knowledge in relation to your potential to teach the full breadth of the curriculum and the subject specific examination specifications at the relevant Key Stages.

•Research into the teaching profession. We will explore your understanding of professional training for entry into the teaching profession.

The selection process will involve interviews at both the academy and Bishop Grosseteste University .

The academy-based selection process includes a formal interview, a short observed teaching session with a small group of pupils, a handwritten Literacy test, the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils, and a group task with other candidates.

Our accredited providers will be involved throughout and will have an equal say in the selection. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

How school placements work


BGU has a single-site campus in Lincoln, England and lectures, seminars and tutorials take place here.

Placements are normally arranged by your base/lead school and should be within 90 minutes travel time (one direction) to the setting. Your largest amount of time is on placement with your base school.

A contrasting placement at a different school will take place during the Spring term


Course fees will be covered by the academy to include QTS and PGCE.

You will be paid a salary equivalent to Unqualified Teacher payscale point 1, from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020.

You must be able to provide evidence of your Right to Work in the UK (eg passport) to be eligible to apply for this training place.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



You should be a graduate, with a 1st, 2:1, or 2:2; or be predicted to gain a minimum of a 2:2 if you are in the final year of your degree (or NARIC certified equivalent).

At least 50% of your degree modules should be related to the subject you wish to teach if training for Secondary phase. If your degree does not meet this requirement, we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in certain subjects.

You will need at least a grade C/4 in GCSE (or equivalent) English and mathematics, plus a science for Primary trainees.

Other requirements

There are two things that you will need to do if your application is successful, before commencing your teacher training (these are not necessary prior to your interview):

•An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau or CRB check) with barred list checks.

•Pass the Professional Skills Tests. These are designed to test whether you have the basic level of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard.

About the training provider

We are delighted that you are considering training with our Alliance and we would really like you to apply to join us. Providing a high level of care and support for our trainees is part of our ethos. Our places are open to all applicants who share our values and are passionate about supporting the learning of our students.

Our Alliance is founded on the principle of collaboration and an absolute belief that by working together we can improve outcomes for all students in all of our schools. Our schools have a long record of partnership with our Higher Education partners in helping to train teachers. School Direct gives us the chance to select and train our own outstanding teachers of the future.

If you choose to train with us you can expect:

*successful trainees will obtain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by the end of the programme

*a programme that gives you four days a week in school and one day a week at University

*the chance to observe and work with outstanding teachers

*outstanding mentoring from an experienced and trained mentor

*a bespoke programme of support sessions

*a comprehensive induction programme

*a second school placement in a contrasting school

We are working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, University of Leicester, University of Derby and Bishop’s Grosseteste Lincoln.

We are committed to identifying, training and developing outstanding teachers of the future.

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University is working within partnership with Schools Direct to be able to support our students in an alternative route into teaching. Schools Direct offers more school-led training within local schools around the county.

Programmes generally last for one year and financial support is available throughout your training. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and many courses also award a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) or masters-level credits on completion.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We coordinate support and access arrangements for disabled applicants with specific learning difficulties. We work with academic staff, Universities and external agencies to meet individual access requirements.

Our commitment is to ensure that everybody has an equal opportunity to become an active part of school life irrelevant of their needs.

The Teaching School is committed to equality and aims to comply with the Equality Act (2010).

Contact details

0115 982 4280
The Becket Way
Wilford Lane
West Bridgford


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