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North Essex Teacher Training (Primary), Postgraduate Certificate

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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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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.

Living costs for Ipswich

  • 793 - 1510 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Tuition Fee Loan - You will not have to repay this loan until you have graduated and are earning over £21,000 a year. Any money left unpaid after 30 years will be written off. 

Maintenance Loan - This loan has to be paid back but not until you have graduated and are earning over £21,000 a year. Any money left unpaid after 30 years will be written off.

Adult Dependants Grant - This grant is for help if an adult depends on you financially. You can get up to £2,834 a year depending on the household income.

Childcare Grant - For students who have a dependant child under the age of 15 or 17 in some cases. Depending on your household income, you can apply for up to 85% of your childcare costs.

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