Wealden Partnership
Geography (36VW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teach Kent & Sussex
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Teach Kent & Sussex is a school based teacher training centre (SCITT) led by the Tenax Schools Trust of which Bennett is a part. Teach Kent & Sussex work in partnership with the School of Education at the University of Brighton (rated outstanding by Ofsted).

As a result all of your training, including your professional development, will take place in the Teach Kent & Sussex training hub at Bennett and sometimes in our partner school, Beacon Community College, in Crowborough.

As a school based centre for teacher training your experience will always be rooted in the experience of training and working in a school. Consequently, we consider that this school led and school based system will allow you to flourish as you begin your teaching career.

The majority of your training will be at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School. You will in school from the first day of the school year and will be made to feel part of our outstanding learning community.

In school you will be trained by our expert and experienced teaching staff. You will be allocated a subject specific mentor and be under the supervision of our professional tutor. Working with the school leadership team, the professional tutor will arrange a full and comprehensive training programme within school.

As the year progresses the training programme is personalised to the specific needs of our trainees. All mentors are outstanding teachers who have undertaken their own training programme to develop their mentoring skills. Through this you will develop the rigour, professional knowledge and understanding necessary for purposeful, challenging, outstanding teaching.

Bennett works in partnership with our own school centre for initial teacher training known as 'Teach Kent & Sussex' to award all successful trainees a PGCE: the internationally recognised English teacher training certificate.

During the PGCE you will work with national experts in secondary education and in the teaching of your subject.

As part of the programme you will be assigned a Teach Kent & Sussex tutor who will support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments. You will attend professional development and subject specific training with Teach Kent & Sussex based at Bennett or our training hub at Beacon Community College in Crowborough, East Sussex, once every week on Wednesday afternoon's from 11-6pm. Therefore, most of your time will be spent training at Bennett.

How school placements work

The training will be delivered both at the Teach Kent & Sussex SCITT and by staff at the partnership schools. You will complete your first teaching placement in one of our schools and your second placement in a different partnership school. All four schools are able to provide access to post-16 learners and the opportunity to experience 6th form teaching in a successful and supportive environment.

You can express a preference for a placement at a specific school in the partnership, but we cannot guarantee that we can meet your request. You will be assigned two mentors from the staff of your teaching placement school, one from your subject area (your mentor) and a Professional Tutor from the senior leadership team. All our mentors and Professional Tutors are fully trained by the university and have extensive experience of mentoring trainee teachers.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

When costs such as health or DBS checks, or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

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 Geography 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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get up to £28,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship. Early-career payments are also on offer for those choosing mathematics.Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

In addition, a small number of discretionary bursaries may be awarded to trainees who we identify as having outstanding potential, and who fall within the bottom and middle tier for core bursary payment purposes.

You don’t need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically by your chosen teacher training provider. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

Find out more about funding here

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In order to be eligible to apply to train as a teacher you must have:

  • A UK undergraduate degree
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and maths.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

All candidates for teaching training also need to pass literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who are ambitious, determined and willing to work hard to make a difference to the lives of young people. You will need to be willing to go the extra mile to secure academic progress for every child whilst playing a role in shaping their resilience and character. You will need to be committed to sharing our vision that great teaching transforms the life opportunities of all students.

You will need a high standard of literacy, numeracy and personal presentation. At interview candidates will need to discuss reflections on school visits and/or school based work experience.

Other requirements

Teach Kent & Sussex and all of our partner schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. All teacher training posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) enhanced check.

About the training provider

The Wealden Partnership offers high quality teacher training by dedicated professionals in a supportive and inspirational environment. We have worked with trainee teachers from our local universities for many years and value the enthusiasm they can offer to a school community. We believe that teaching is a wonderful career and that this is a successful, innovative and vibrant group of schools to work with.

Our partnership of schools is led by Heathfield Community College and comprises three other large secondary schools, Uckfield College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy as well as some of our feeder primary schools. All four secondary's are highly successful and popular 11 – 18 mixed comprehensives situated in semi-rural communities in the north-eastern corner of East Sussex, within commuting distance of the South Coast. The schools are conveniently located within 10 miles of each other and this enables trainees to attend joint training sessions across all schools.

In addition to collaborating on teacher training, the partnership runs joint training sessions for all staff and provides a range of CPD opportunities for individual staff at various stages of their career development. All schools are committed to raising the quality of teaching and learning through raising standards.

Pupils in the partnership schools are happy, friendly and well-motivated and their welfare and progress lie at the heart of everything we do.

Our teachers are innovative and enthusiastic practitioners eager to share their expertise with the next generation of teachers.

About the accredited body

Teach Kent & Sussex is a school based teacher training centre (SCITT) led by the Tenax Schools Trust of which Bennett is a part. Teach Kent & Sussex work in partnership with the School of Education at the University of Brighton (rated outstanding by Ofsted).

As a school based centre for teacher training your experience will always be rooted in the experience of training and working in a school. Consequently, we consider that this school led and school based system will allow you to flourish as you begin your teaching career.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our partnership consists of 4 mainstream schools who all have a fully inclusive approach to education and recruitment.

Any additional support required can be discussed during the interview process and support can be put in place if needed.

Contact details

Cade Street
Old Heathfield
TN21 8RJ


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