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(Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status) Tuition-fee funded

Our PGCE with QTS (Tuition-fee funded) is an Initial Teacher Training course, which certifies trainees to teach in state-maintained schools in England. Our PGCE with QTS (Tuition-fee funded) enables trainee teachers to gain Qualified Teacher Status whilst in a placement school in England.

  • Trainees train to teach ‘on the job’ learning from expert practitioners in schools.
  • Academic learning takes place online with the support of experienced university lead mentors.
  • Flexible delivery approaches ensure the course is accessible to people anywhere in England to gain a recognised teaching qualification.

This course is accredited by Department for Education (DfE) for the 2023/24 intake.

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Who is eligible?

If you are resident in England, to enrol on this course, the standard requirements are:

  • An undergraduate degree (or equivalent as assessed by UK ENIC)
  • At least a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English and maths. If you want to teach at a primary school, you will also need a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in a science subject.
  • Declaration of any previous convictions and undergone the criminal records check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Our training programme

Primary and Secondary

The course is offered at primary level (for trainees teaching pupils aged 5-11) and in a range of subjects (listed below) at secondary level (for trainees teaching pupils aged 11-16 or 11-18). The course is also offered for the 14-19 age range in subjects, which are usually only taught in Key Stages 4 and 5.

PGCE with 60 Master’s credits and Qualified Teacher Status

Our PGCE with QTS course is a formal Initial Teacher Training qualification for trainee teachers in England. The qualification accredits the teacher to teach in state-maintained schools in England. The course also provides 60 Level 7 credits that may be transferred as prior learning credits for future study at Master’s degree level.


You will be based in schools for the entirety of the course (5 days a week for full-time trainees and 2.5 days a week for part-time). Teacher training is most effective ‘on-the-job’ in schools so that the knowledge you gain can be instantly applied in real lessons.

Online delivery

The course is delivered to you online, through webinars, podcasts, videos, research and tutorials. Our platforms are interactive and engaging, and enable both independent and peer learning. All of the course content and materials are available online, enabling you to study and revisit them as required and in your own time. You will be part of a cohort of fellow trainee teachers, with whom you will share experiences and learning online each week.

Anywhere in England

As the course is delivered online, you can be on placement in a school anywhere in England, subject to the school meeting the required selection criteria to ensure it can offer you the right support.


  • The course can be studied full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months).
  • You can choose to start the course in September, January or April, according to your preferences.


Described by Ofsted as “excellent”, the Coventry University’s online tutorial approach, which underpins all of our teacher training programmes, provides you with regular teaching and support, both 1-1 with your university tutor and in a tutor group. Tutorials deepen your understanding of the topics we cover, and prompt you to think about what works best for you in your teaching. You will also be guided on a day-to-day basis by your in-school Mentor, who will be an experienced teacher in your school.


You will gain a recognised teaching qualification that could enhance your employability. The PGCE with QTS also provides successful trainees with excellent preparation for Master’s level study.


The PGCE with QTS (Tuition-fee funded) is assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Viva

Entry requirements

Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a pre-requisite of acceptance onto the course. We will conduct an interview in-person or online to determine your suitability for the PGCE with QTS.

To apply to the course, all trainees must:

  • Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics. For those training to teach pupils aged 5-11, a Grade-4 (C grade) in a Science subject is also required.
  • Hold a UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • Take part in a rigorous selection process to assess their suitability to train to teach. This involves an application form, pre-interview tasks for subject knowledge, English and Maths, and an interview.
  • Students must have undergone suitable background checks with regard to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, including an enhanced DBS check. The National Institute of Teaching and Education funds the DBS check for tuition-fee paying students.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need an academic IELTS assessment/certificate which is less than 3 years old. You do not need to complete the IELTS exam if you have a UK degree. The minimum overall band score required on IELTs is 6.5, with each component being no less than 5.5.

Course fees

  • PGCE with QTS (tuition fee funded) - £7,500

How to apply for this course