Outwood Institute of Education North
Geography (369V)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Durham University
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

Outwood Institute of Education offers a School Direct programme that strives to develop, support and celebrate excellent trainee teachers who are well-prepared for the profession. On completion of this programme, our trainee teachers will be awarded PGCE with QTS and 90 Master’s credits in Education from Durham University.

Our School Direct programme allows trainees to work alongside innovative, ambitious and child-focused teachers who are passionate about raising standards and transforming lives.

We have a strong partnership with Durham University who are one of the leading departments for education in the UK as they regularly feature in the top five in national university league tables such as 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2019. This partnership creates a collaborative model of training. The training will take place at our conference centre in Middlesbrough, Durham University and in the two placement schools.

If you would like to visit one of our academies for a career experience placement before or during your application process, please contact oie@outwood.com and we will organise this for you.

Interview process

Applicants who meet our entry requirements will be invited to one of our academies to complete our selection process. This will usually take half a day and consists of a written task, time spent supporting students in a lesson and an interview with representatives from the chosen university and Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Please note that you will not be required to teach as part of the interview process.

How school placements work

During the programme, our trainees complete two placements in our alliance schools and academies. The first placement starts in September and ends in December whilst the second placement starts in January and ends in June. The location of these placements is decided by the trainee teacher’s home location and the capacity of the school or academy. Each trainee teacher will be assigned a trained mentor to support and celebrate their progress as they enter the teaching profession.


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 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.



  • A UK honours degree preferably at classification 2:2 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language, mathematics and science or equivalent qualifications
  • QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy

Personal qualities

Outwood Institute of Education is seeking applicants with the following qualities:

  • A genuine desire to put children first and a commitment to improving the life chances of young people
  • An ability to engage with students in a personable and professional manner
  • Resilience, flexibility and a passion to succeed in the teaching profession

Other requirements

  • Completion of a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

About the training provider

‘As a multi-academy trust we want to be known for placing students first: raising standards and transforming lives.’

Martyn Oliver, CEO, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

The programme is led by Outwood Grange Academies Trust which is recognised nationally as a high performing chain of schools in the North of England. Our family of schools currently comprises of thirty-one academies who work together to ensure that all children, irrespective of their starting point, receive an excellent education.

About the accredited body

We are proud to be working in partnership with Durham University to deliver teacher education and this programme has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We offer disabled access across our family of schools and invite all applicants to discuss their individual needs with us so that we can place you in the most appropriate schools and academies for your training year.

Contact details

Hall Drive


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