North Essex Teacher Training (Primary)

University of Suffolk

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The North Essex Teacher Training (Primary) programme from University of Suffolk combines the very best of school-centred and academic training to produce confident and competent Newly Qualified Teachers.  



The course specialises in Early Years education (3-7 years) and Primary (5-11 years).  On successful completion of the course all Trainees will gain QTS and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).  The course offers a range of opportunities to work within a school environment and be part of the school community.  

Course Aims

The North Essex Teacher Training (Primary) programme from University of Suffolk works with schools across North East Essex and South Suffolk. Placement schools cover a wide area including Colchester and the surrounding district as well as the Harwich and Clacton districts. We also work with a small number of schools in the Ipswich area.

The majority of the training takes place at the Tendring Education Centre in Clacton. The course aims to prepare trainee teachers to teach across the 3-11 age range in one of two specialist areas. Trainees engage in a reflective and practice based programme of training in two different placement schools in order to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers Standards for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). The course also aims to engage Trainees in the application of educational theory and current research as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) award.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 
  • Professional Studies 
  • Professional Practice

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120 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements as laid down by the Teacher Development Agency are:

  • A UK degree or equivalent;
  • GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above;
  • Recent experience in the primary school classroom setting;

Tuition Fee

Trainees undertaking PGCE through Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT will be charged tuition fees in accordance with SCITT.


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