Sunderland Nursery Schools
Primary (3B3Z)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The training programme will have universal elements across all the nursery schools and will include additional elements based on individual specialities such as SEND and Speech, Language and Communication. A feature of the placement with PIPs is the opportunity to experience the expertise in all 9 Nursery Schools.

Our training programme will develop high levels of teaching skills and develop your understanding of the accurate assessment of pupil abilities to ensure the best outcomes for children across the Early Years into the primary age range. It will include outstanding opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in teaching and learning across all prime and specific areas of learning.

Your mentors are excellent teachers, undertaking regular and ongoing training programmes to further their own knowledge. This enables them to share these skills through feedback, coaching and classroom observations.

Teaching and assessment and university days

Depending on the route you take, assessments will be a mix of written assignments, case studies and one to one assessments of your teaching practice. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. You will be in University for an average of 15 days during the full training year; the University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research. You can train to be a Primary teacher on this route.

On the School Direct route your work-based learning will be based in the school. You will have a School Mentor and a University Tutor who will assess your written work and your teaching practice.

By following the School Direct model of teacher training with us you will become a knowledgeable practitioner across the Early Years and into the primary phase and be very attractive to future employers looking for an outstanding trainee.

If you choose the more widely available tuition route you will pay a tuition fee for your course and you will be eligible to apply for the many generous, tax-free government scholarships on offer.

Interview process

What we are looking for:

  • Candidates with a love of learning; who aim for young children to

succeed and thrive in a happy and engaging environment.

  • Trainees who have a passion and drive to work within our age range and

beyond, dedicated and motivated to teach within the Early Years

Foundation Stage.

  • Confident communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Innovation, ideas, creativity and dedication in everyday practice.
  • The ability to work with and positively support a wide range of different

needs in fully inclusive learning environments.

How we select our trainees:

We check all applications to see if the applicant meets the entry criteria. All Successful short listed applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October. Interviews will be at the Lead School or at the candidates preferred school. The interview process will include a range of activities, including working with a group of children, to assess their suitability for teaching. Successful candidates will then receive a formal offer.

The interview will consist of:

  • Delivering a short session to a group of pupils (no more than 8)

the candidate will be informed of this task prior to the interview day

  • A written task to assess the candidates literacy skills
  • A formal interview by a panel of teachers and representative from the

University of Sunderland.

How school placements work

You will be placed in one of our host schools for a period of 12 weeks in the first term, split into two six week periods; first six weeks are ‘focused’ periods which are non-assessed and a further 6 weeks will be assessed teaching experience. You will be able to choose a placement in one of 8 nursery schools with the opportunity to spend time across 9 nursery schools. Each of the Nursery Schools offers the highest quality education experience with an additional specialism.

  • Hetton Le Hole Nursery
  • Hetton Lyons Nursery
  • Houghton Nursery
  • Hylton Redhouse Nursery
  • Mill Hill Nursery
  • Oxclose Nursery
  • Pennywell Early Years Centre
  • Usworth Colliery Nursery

In the Spring term, you will be in an alternate Primary School to gain further experience in another setting. Each of the Nursery Schools has one or two Partner Primaries from which you can choose. You may select in terms of locality or due to the schools context, such as EAL.

  • Academy 360
  • George Washington Primary School
  • Hudson Road Primary School
  • Hetton Primary School
  • Marlborough Primary School
  • South Hylton Primary School
  • Southwick Primary School
  • St John Boste RC Primary School

Following your alternate setting placement, you will return to your host school for Term 3 for six assessed weeks of your final teaching experience.

There will be an additional 2 enrichment weeks in June to provide you with further experience. You will again have the choice of 9 Nursery Schools.

During each of your placements, whether at your host school or alternate setting placement, there will be a number of tasks for you to complete. You will be supported throughout by your host school mentor and University tutor.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £10,750

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

Student Finance England deal with all tuition fee and living costs loans. While most students are eligible for some type of support, it’s always worth checking what you are specifically eligible for before you apply.

Please contact the University of Sunderland Student Financial Guidance Team for more information. Email: or Tel: 0191 5152933




For the 3-7 School Direct tuition route you will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Science and English Language and a range of National Curriculum subjects. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from

Personal qualities

We hold strong positive values, respect and inclusion are key to us and our team.

Therefore we seek:-

  • Candidates with a love of learning; who aim for young children to

succeed and thrive in a happy and engaging environment.

  • Trainees who have a passion and drive to work within our age range

and beyond, dedicated and motivated to teach within the EYFS.

  • Confident communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Innovation, ideas, creativity and dedication in everyday practice.
  • The ability to work with and positively support a range of

different needs in fully inclusive learning environments.

Other requirements

  • An enhanced Disclosure and barring Service (DBS) check
  • A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)
  • A pass on the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy, set by

the Department for Education. This is essential before you can achieve

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Contact details

Sunderland Nursery Schools
Portsmouth Road, Pennywell
Tyne and Wear


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: 2JQ
  • Training programme code: 3B3Z

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
Portsmouth Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR4 9AX
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