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Primary PGCE (with QTS)

DFE Apply is open for applications from 10th October 2023

Choose from 3 Primary training routes: 

Primary 3-7 years PGCE (with QTS) – Apply Course Code G844

A one-year full-time course for candidates wishing to specialise in the 3-8 age range. Trainees will complete teaching placements in the Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 and benefit from specialist training in Early Years Foundation Stage and Primary.  

Primary 5-11 years PGCE (with QTS) – Apply Course Code 2JYL

A one-year full-time course for those wishing to teach in the 5-11 age range. Trainees will complete teaching placements in two contrasting schools as well as gaining experience in EYFS and Key Stage 3.

Primary 5-11 years SEND – Apply Course Code J841

A one-year full-time course for candidates wishing to train as a mainstream Primary teacher with a specialism in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  Trainees will complete three placements in total, two in mainstream schools and one in a special provision school. Trainees completing this route will be qualified to teach in either mainstream or special provision schools.

Our Secondary ITT programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status and the award of PGCE from the University of Derby and 60 Masters level credits. *  

*The PGCE route is only open to applicants with a degree classification of 2.2 or higher. Please ask about the non PGCE route.

Entry Criteria 

  • A UK undergraduate degree (or NARIC-verified equivalent) 2.2 or higher. 
  • A grade C/4 or above in GCSE English, maths and science (or equivalent). 
  • Passing our suitability to teach assessments (DBS/prohibition checks).
  • Satisfactory occupational health checks.

Candidates who do not currently meet the GCSE entry requirements may be able to complete an equivalency test. 

Edge Hill University Equivalency Test
Equivalency Testing

PGCE Information

For the PGCE element of this programme, you will attend 8 days of  training across the academic year. 3 of these will be face to face in central Manchester and 5 will be online. The University of Derby is listed in the Top 20 Universities for Teaching Quality and Student satisfaction (Times, Sunday Times and the Complete Good University Guide 2024) and their PGCE programme has been ranked as outstanding by Ofsted. You will have access to all university resources plus a dedicated personal tutor, and there will be 3 assignments to pass in order to qualify. The PGCE qualification is worth 60 masters credits. The course unit titles are as follows: 

  • Module 7QT542 Education Learning Theories and Philosophy
  • Module 7QT544 Engaging and Motivating Diverse Learners: Understanding Behaviour
  • Module 7QT543 Developing Subject Leadership (curriculum and subject pedagogy focus)


Fees for this route are £9,250.

Note: a small number of trainees choose to complete the programme for QTS only,  without a PGCE. Fees for this route are £7,250.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for: 

  • Tuition fee and maintenance loan. 
  • Additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability. 

Full details are available here at Get Into Teaching

Tuition fee and maintenance loans are available through Student Finance England 

To Apply

Please visit the Apply website:

The Bright Futures SCITT Provider Code is :   Code G65 

Early applications are recommended as places fill up quickly. 

All applicants will be required to complete a disclosure and barring service check (DBS). 

If you are interested in any of our programmes, we’d love to hear from you, or click here to sign up to one of our Information Events.

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