Colchester Teacher Training (CTTC)
Primary (with Mathematics) (3DHJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Colchester Teacher Training Consortium
Financial support
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Our Primary School Direct Programme with Mathematics offers high quality training, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level, validated by the University of Greenwich.

The course is 38 weeks long and combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate they have met all the Teachers' Standards. There are in-built assessment structures which help Trainees audit their knowledge and understanding, as well as the support to help them remedy individual areas for development.

The training consists of placements within two schools across opposite key stages, along with centre-based training sessions. There is also the opportunity to gain experience within SEND, secondary and nursery settings.

Interview process

We invite short-listed applicants to participate in a selection process involving the following:

  • Teaching a lesson
  • Written task
  • Maths task
  • Interview

We ask all interviewees to teach a lesson to a small group of children, the topic of which will be chosen by the candidate.

Applicants will then be asked to complete a written task (handwritten), which offers the opportunity to reflect accurately on the teaching activity's strengths along with areas for development. This also gives the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate they can communicate in writing, accurately and effectively.

The interview will last for approximately 40 minutes and will include a 10 minute presentation on a hobby or skill the applicant is passionate about and how this relates to teaching and learning. Questions will be framed around the applicant's previous relevant experience, skills, knowledge of the curriculum and apptitude for becoming a teacher of the future.

How school placements work

We have a high number of schools within our Consortium who offer placements to our trainees, all of whom provide excellent support and have been rated by ex-trainees as preparing them, across a range of phases, as 100% good and outstanding.

Please see our website or contact us for a list of our partner schools and for further details.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:

  • a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
  • at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

A bursary of £6,000 (tax free) maybe available to eligible candidates with a grade B or above at GCE A'Level Mathematics (or equivalent) or a higher qualification.



GCSE's in English, Maths and Science (or equivalent) at grade 4/C or above.

GCE A'Level Mathematics at grade B or above (or equivalent/higher qualification)

An honours degree.

A NARIC certificate of comparability is required for qualifications obtained overseas.

All qualifications must be achieved prior to the start date of the course (but not necessarily at the application stage).

Personal qualities

It is essential for applicants to have excellent personal attributes which will enable them to relate to young people and communicate effectively. Ideally, an understanding of what makes effective teaching and learning in the primary phase will also be of benefit.

Qualities sought include:

  • Commitment to the safeguarding of young people
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to continuing professional development
  • A willingness to train, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to cope with difficult and challenging situations
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organised and hardworking
  • Sense of humour

Other requirements

We recognise that applicants will bring with them into teaching other relevant experience which falls broadly into 3 categories:

  • Experience of working with young people e.g. both paid and voluntary work
  • Experience of applying subject knowledge e.g. employment in your specialist field
  • Experience of working with people e.g. managing people in the work place, voluntary work with adults

Offers of a training place are subject to pre-course screening checks and all applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

The Colchester Teacher Training Consortium is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted, Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Our strong partnership of schools and colleges in North Essex and South Suffolk provides diversity and choice for trainees. Our schools offer a wide range of educational experiences including grammar schools, sixth form colleges and specialist SEND placements.

As our programmes are run by schools for schools, we understand the needs of teachers in training. "A rich programme of training, combined with high quality complementary school placements equips trainees with the skills and knowledge to become successful, thoughtful teachers" (Ofsted 2017).

Our goal is to train outstanding teachers who are able to inspire children and young people to become resilient high achievers and lifelong learners. Trainees value the strong pastoral support and mentoring that they receive on an individualised programme. "The courseis tailored to our needs, we are not just a number" (quoted by a trainee in the Ofsted 2017 report).

Our Primary and Secondary School Direct Programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level validated by the University of Greenwich.

We host events and taster days throughout the year, details are published on our website and on social media.

For further information, advice or support with your application, please visit our website or contact a member of our friendly team via telephone or email.

About the accredited body

Colchester Teacher Training Consortium programme ".... allows trainees to gain QTS, inspiring an infectious enthusiasm for teaching" (Ofsted, Nov 2017).

Get into a career which offers rewards, laughter and ensures that every day is different. We offer:-

  • Excellent range of school placements.
  • High rates of employment in partner schools.
  • 98% of our trainees attained good to outstanding outcomes.
  • Individualised pastoral support.
  • Streamlined training programme focused on developing you as an outstanding teacher and not on unnecessary paperwork.

“The in school experience prepared me really well for a teaching career” Nicole (Former Trainee).

Training with disabilities and other needs

Bespoke support is provided for trainees with a variety of needs. Examples include:

  • Personal tutor for the PGCE
  • Resources to allow easier access on computer applications if required
  • Expert pastoral care
  • All school placements allow for trainees with access requirements

*Trained mentoring programme

Contact details

Colchester Teacher Training
Colchester County High School
Norman Way


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: 2DB
  • Training programme code: 3DHJ

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
Norman Way, Colchester CO3 3US
Yes -
Orwell Teaching School
Halifax Primary School, Prince of Wales Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8PY
Yes L

Support and advice

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