The School Direct programme is the government's preferred method for training teachers. We offer the School Direct Training Route in partnership with the University of Northampton. This form of training offers you an opportunity to become more immersed in school life so that you are well-prepared to meet the demands of a teaching role when you qualify with QTS and with a PGCE. It is the aim of our programme to provide a network of opportunities to facilitate employment at the end of the course. The Initial Teacher Training that we offer is School Direct Primary training

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UCAS Information PGCE courses (updated Sept 13th 2018)

Why Train with us

The Faculty of Education and Humanities has over forty years of successful experience in initial teacher training, education and research. We are passionate about inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people both in the UK and internationally.

Initial teacher training (ITT) programmes received an Ofsted grade of 'Good' in November 2014. The Ofsted report comments on the strongly cohesive training programmes between the University and partner schools. Individual students are very well supported during their training and into their teaching posts. Trainees are well prepared to teach the primary/early years curriculum through the use of interactive face to face technology enhanced learning events as well as on line packages. These all address national ITT content criteria as well as focusing on behaviour management strategies.  There is a high level of employment for newly qualified teachers which demonstrates the value placed on the trainees in the Partnership of over 150 diverse schools and settings.

About this course

Throughout the PGCE Primary programme you will be enhancing your subject knowledge in conjunction with curriculum and pedagogic knowledge to enable all children to make progress. There are two modules –Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies. These are taught at our new Waterside Campus by experienced and expert tutors and aim to address ITT Content, National Curriculum coverage and national priorities in primary education. Over the year, there are blocks of centre-based learning events and four school experiences. There are four assignments, two in each Level 7 module, which are spread over the year. The School Experience Library is an excellent resource offered to students to enhance their use of research and resources to inform practice in the classroom. The University of Northampton is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

About this Provider

All students have access to purpose-built teaching and learning resources on the new Waterside Campus allowing them to develop their professional abilities. Facilities include fully equipped rooms; teaching and learning involves using technology, high quality teaching resources, workshops and group work relevant to the variety of educational settings in which students will be working.

Interview Process

Applicants selected for interview will have an individual interview with a member of staff and a teacher from a partnership school.  This will explore an applicant's commitment to teaching, prior experiences and awareness of current educational contexts.

It is the policy of The University of Northampton that candidates should not be prejudiced as a result of any disability and reasonable adjustments will be made to mitigate unfair discrimination. Therefore, all candidates with disabilities are encouraged to identify and/or request support for actual or potential circumstances.

In addition to the University interview applicants for a School Direct place will be interviewed at the Lead school if they are successful at the University interview. (ADD in UCAS for School Direct)

Training with a disability

The University of Northampton offers support for applicants with a declared need. Individual meetings are held with trainees throughout the year with the Head of Initial Teacher Training and Programme Leader to discuss needs and signpost support.

How school placements work

The University of Northampton works in partnership with over 150 schools. The PGCE programme includes three school experiences and one self organised experience. The normal pattern is referred to as ABA where the autumn term and summer term are based in school A in the same class and the spring term in school B in the alternative keystage. The self organised experience normally takes place in the spring term. The age ranges are 3-7 or 5-11.

Course length : 1 year

Course fees : Fee for UK and EU students : £ 9,250

Requirements and eligibility

Qualifications needed

You must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent) and whenever possible the classification should be a 2:1 or First.

You will need to have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above/Grade 4 and these must include mathematics, English Language and science. You must have these before applying. If you do not hold the necessary GCSEs, or believe you have a suitable equivalent, please contact Admissions for advice prior to your application.

Personal Qualities

To be considered for entry for the PGCE, prospective candidates must have the necessary personal attributes, meet the entry requirements required by the Teacher Regulation Agency for schools, provide suitable references to support their academic qualifications and/or their prior experiences.

Personal attributes include commitment to working with children and making a difference to their progress, organisation and time management skills, ability to work with others and respond to advice, and use of standard spoken English.

Other requirements

 You must be interviewed, and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association and Prohibition checks.

You must pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy prior to enrolling on the programme. If you are offered a place, we will provide sessions to support your preparation for these tests.

Wollaston - "Progress is Good"

Our last Ofted showed that teaching is consistently good in our school. Typically, progress is good for each year group and a higher proportion than nationally achieve as expected by the end of both key stages.

Contact Us

Wollaston Primary School
College Street
NN29 7SF

Tel: 01933 664291