University of Sunderland
Primary (38QR)

PGCE with QTS part time

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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This 2 year part time blended Primary PGCE with QTS course is ideal for those holding a first degree who prefer a blended approach to their learning and the opportunity to complete over 2 years. The course is two years in duration on a part time basis and follows a blended format. The programme is taught online via IDL distance learning with some focused on-campus learning sessions and classroom based practice in school.

The programme covers the development of teaching and learning across all National Curriculum subjects and Professional Learning – including safeguarding, behaviour management and overcoming barriers to learning. All trainees complete Practice of Teaching modules where they develop their theoretical understanding in practical situations in Early Years and/or Primary Classrooms to prepare them for achieving QTS.

Trainees are given the opportunity to specialise in the 3-7 year olds route or the 7-11 year olds route, leading to gaining a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS

Interview process

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University's Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's. Interviews will begin in November 2018.

Interviews held within the University will be led by the academics on the course with the essential details of the day sent to you via email prior to interview so you will be very well prepared for the day.

How school placements work

Prior to starting the course, you are required to carry out a five-day pre-programme placement, assisting and observing in a primary school of your own choice, with a focus on your elected route.

You will be expected to study approximately 16 hours a week. You will spend two weekends on campus, one in Year 1 and one in Year 2. In order to be eligible for the award of PGCE with QTS, you must also spend a minimum of 120 days in school.

Although you can complete your placement in the school you currently work in, as part of your training you will also need to spend part of the assessed placement in an alternate setting.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £5,000
EU students £5,000

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Candidates will usually hold a 2:2 (Hons) degree or higher.

All candidates must have GCSE Grade 4/C (or equivalent) in English Language, mathematics and science.

To commence the Programme, applicants will have obtained Professional Skills Test passes in Literacy and mathematics and University of Sunderland DBS check.

Other requirements

Although not compulsory to be accepted on the Programme, time working/volunteering in school would be advantageous.

Trainees are advised to source teaching placements prior to the start of the Programme, although this is not compulsory.

About the training provider

The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the north east coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong.

The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.

Education courses at the University of Sunderland give you the best career prospects in the North East (The Guardian University Guide, 2016).

With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.

• All our Primary and Secondary ITT courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS (Post Compulsory Education and Training does not award QTS)

• World-leading research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (RE F)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.

Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:


Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact details

0191 515 3000
Edinburgh Building
City Campus
Chester Road


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: S84
  • Training programme code: 38QR

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
Yes O

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