Northampton Primary Academy Trust
Primary (2R8V)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northampton
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

Abington Vale Primary School works in close partnership with the University of Northampton to provide a high quality training course, enabling trainees to achieve QTS and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.

Interview process

Interviews are held at the University of Northampton and if candidates are successful they will be invited for a further interview at Abington Vale Primary School. During this interview process the candidates will be observed working with a class of children.

How school placements work

Successful candidates will have three placements in schools over the year. They will complete placement 1 and 3 in their preferred Key Stage and the shorter placement 2 in the alternative Key Stage. Abington Vale Primary School will arrange for these placements to be in schools within NPAT to give the candidates a wide range of experience in school settings.


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

Fees are paid to the University of Northampton - see website for details.

There may be additional costs for travel to placements, optional visits within modules, and paper based materials for recording and storage of evidence. Financial support for your placement travel costs may be available according to the annually reviewed process.

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 may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.


Financial support would need to be discussed with the University of Northampton.



You must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent) and whenever possible the classification should be a 2:1 or First. It is considered that you will benefit from school experience before the course starts.

You will need to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above and these must include Mathematics, English Language and Science. You must have these before applying. You will be interviewed and you will need to undertake DBS, and Health checks.

You must pass the NCTL skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to enrolling on the course.

Personal qualities

To be considered for entry for the PGCE, prospective candidates must have the necessary personal attributes, meet the entry requirements required by the Teacher Regulation Agency for schools, provide suitable references to support their academic qualifications and/or their prior experiences.

Personal attributes include commitment to working with children and making a difference to their progress, organisation and time management skills, ability to work with others and respond to advice, and use of standard spoken English.

Other requirements

You must be interviewed, and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association and Prohibition checks.

You must pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy prior to enrolling on the programme. If you are offered a place, we will provide sessions to support your preparation for these tests.

Contact details

01604 635071
Abington Vale Primary School


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: 26N
  • Training programme code: 2R8V

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Ashford Vale NN3 3NQ
Yes -

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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