Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance
Primary (39TF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
York St John University
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

Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance PGCE Primary School Direct programme is full time over the academic year (September - July). This course is run in partnership with York St John University and covers the 3 – 11 age range. Candidates can choose to focus on either the 3 – 7 or 7 – 11 age range. It is a postgraduate qualification which carries recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The training programme consists of school experience in two of Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance schools combined with taught sessions of subject knowledge, pedagogy and academic assignments at the university and partnership schools. You will have a comprehensive induction prior to commencing the course.

Programme Structure

The PGCE Primary programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation) and within each phase, you are expected to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy through relating theory to practice. Academic work will run alongside the school-centred programme of training, with two Masters level professional modules being complemented by one Level 6 curriculum module as follows: Understanding Learning and Teaching and School Experience, Emerging Professional and School Experience, Early Years and Primary Curriculum.


Assessments are varied and include assignments, portfolios and presentations within and alongside school experience. These are designed so that you can demonstrate the appropriate skills required of a 21st century primary teacher.

The programme leads to the award of a PGCE with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Successful completion of the professional development modules also count as 60 credits towards a Masters degree.

Academic and Mentor Support

Academic and mentor support is integral to the programme. You will be allocated a University Academic Tutor and link tutor and school based mentor. Mentors will evaluate lesson plans, observe taught lessons, monitor marking and support you in meeting the requirements of the teaching standards for Qualified Teacher Status. During these meetings, progress and targets will be discussed, alongside preparation for your NQT year. This will also include aspects of your subject knowledge and the development of teaching skills and other academic progress within taught modules. You will be supported in school by Alliance staff with University staff, when appropriate. University link tutors are involved in moderation visits.

Interview process

Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance co-ordinate and participate in the recruitment process with York St John University.

The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough.

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process, for example the personal statement, references, detailed breakdown of degree content, details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications, evidence of prior experience and achievements.

At interview candidates will be required to engage with pupils in delivering a teaching task and undertake other tasks which assess suitability to teach. This will also include a formal interview to further explore the candidate's subject knowledge, knowledge of primary education and suitability for training.

After the selection event, participating staff will collectively consider each candidate's suitability for a place on the course. Candidates will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Skills Tests

Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and pass the tests, ideally before interview. Teaching Agency QTS skills in Literacy and Numeracy must be completed before commencing your course.

Please see the following link for further information:

How school placements work

School placements involve opportunities to observe teaching, to work collaboratively, and to progressively increase the percentage of independent teaching. You will also attend school meetings e.g. staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context.

There is strong support provided by school staff, mentors and university staff. Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance, partner schools and the university work together to ensure that trainees become creative educators in a supportive and encouraging environment.

School experience will closely complement taught elements of the programme, ensuring that student teachers are able to deepen their pedagogical knowledge. Student teachers will have opportunities within their school-based practice to observe young people in different areas and will be encouraged to reflect upon their observations and related tasks within their own studies.

A strength of the school-centred programme is that it draws upon the expertise of school-based practitioners in outstanding schools to support you in developing your subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. School-based staff have been involved in the development of the programme, alongside university staff and consultants and will also be involved in delivering sessions for both subject studies and professional studies.

Partnership is at the heart of the programme with Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance, York St John University tutors, school mentors and other education professionals successfully working together to secure outstanding student teacher progress.

Whilst you will be allocated to one school for the majority of your training you will also have experiences in at least one other school within the Alliance. The progressive nature of school experience and immersion into the life of the school (which is a distinctive part of the School Direct approach) will enable you to progress effectively by building upon your developing skills as beginning teachers. The time in school will ensure the NCTL requirement for 120 days of school-based training on primary postgraduate courses of one year’s duration.


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 may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.




GCSE in English Language (or YSJU approved equivalent) at Grade C/Grade 4 or above

GCSE in Mathematics (or YSJU approved equivalent) at Grade C/Grade 4 or above

GCSE in Science (or YSJU approved equivalent) at grade C /Grade 4 or above


Honours degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent (Ordinary degrees cannot be accepted).

Successful applicants will normally have (or be predicted to have) a 2:1 classification.

2.2 degrees (pending or received) will be considered if there is sufficient additional relevant experience to support the application.

Personal qualities

We are looking for student teachers with an enthusiasm to teach pupils in the primary age range, and who have some recent knowledge and understanding of primary education. You will need to be a great communicator, a reflective practitioner and have the resilience to thrive in a challenging but hugely rewarding profession.

Other requirements

School Experience

It is desirable that you should have at least two weeks (10 days) relevant and recent (within the last two years) primary classroom experience before you apply. This might be gained by undertaking a teaching assistant role or a voluntary placement within a primary school.

Contact details

Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance
Urlay Nook Road
TS16 0LA


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