All Teach West London's initial teacher training (ITT) courses for Primary and Secondary phases lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

All our ITT courses are full time and for post-graduate entry into teaching (therefore applicants will either need to be in the final year of their undergraduate degree or have already graduated). See Who can teach? for entry requirements.

Teach West London offers two routes into teaching:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

or

  • QTS + Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

All of Teach West London’s ITT courses lead to QTS. QTS is a legal requirement to teach in maintained primary, secondary and special schools in England.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Teach West London has partnered with St Mary’s University to offer the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). This amounts to 60 master's level credits, which is equivalent to one third of an MA and can be added to subsequently.

You have the option of applying for QTS only courses or QTS & PGCE courses, if you meet the requirements for the PGCE.

Course structure

QTS Only: Throughout the year our trainee teachers spend four days a week in school and one day a week engaging in professional learning with Teach West London. This will be based on Teach West London’s ITT curriculum.

QTS & PGCE: Same as above, plus trainees who have opted to take the PGCE will have an additional assessment and will be taught by ITT specialists from St Mary’s University for a total of 5 days throughout the course. The PGCE is an academic qualification but is not a requirement for becoming a teacher.

Salaried

Salaried courses are most suited to applicants who are already working as unqualified teachers or teaching assistants or applicants who have at least 3 years of relevant work experience. If you pursue a salaried route, you will be employed by a school. Your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) fees will most likely be paid by the employing school. Although if you opt for the QTS & PGCE route, you may be required to pay the PGCE fees.

Non-Salaried (fee funded)

If you choose a non-salaried route, you must pay course fees and will not earn a salary whilst training to teach. Applicants can apply for a student loan, regardless of if they have had one for other postgraduate training. Applicants may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to train to teach certain secondary subjects.

All of Teach West London’s courses are offered on the non-salaried (fee-funded) pathway. Some courses will also be offered on the salaried pathway. All courses are subject to the vacancies that our placement schools offer.

Courses are subject to change as placements and positions are taken. To view an up-to-date list of our available courses, click on DfE Find postgraduate teacher training courses. Our ITT provider code is 1KV (Teach West London Teaching School Hub).

Click the course name in the table below to view Teach West London’s available courses in DfE Find.

Subjects/Phase

Fee-Funded (Unsalaried) Courses

Salaried Courses

Primary Courses

QTS & PGCE

QTS Only

QTS & PGCE

QTS Only

Primary 5-11

R068

L407

K764

F567

Primary SEN/D specialism

B903

B667

n/a n/a

Secondary Courses

QTS & PGCE

QTS Only

QTS & PGCE

QTS Only

Secondary Art

D681

G337

Z560

Q127

Secondary Business Studies

X363

K263

C380

V133

Secondary Computing

W912

J064

Q094

A200

Secondary Drama

V154

F015

n/a

n/a

Secondary English

S142

Q257

A859

D634

Secondary Geography

Z486

J602

W692

D840

Secondary History

S299

P623

V433

P427

Secondary Maths

Q883

C200

M479

A329

Secondary MFL - French

J326

L110

F183

V825

Secondary MFL - German

S753

E722

n/a

n/a

Secondary MFL - Spanish

V039

W433

K975

J881

Secondary Music

V746

U554

n/a

n/a

Secondary PE

M502

F516

N766

V071

Secondary PE + Ebacc

Q359

T410

n/a

n/a

Secondary Religious Education

J415

L976

K373

L227

Secondary Science - Biology

P050

S176

E798

E298

Secondary Science - Chemistry

Z663

Y465

Q306

T432

Secondary Science - Physics

X317

L177

Z616

A014

Secondary Social Science - Psychology

U644

A824

n/a

n/a

Secondary Social Science - Sociology

P158

M430

A087

L630

 

Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to begin your ITT application process, select the How to Apply button below.

How to Apply

Throughout the year, a trainee teacher’s progress in terms of knowledge, understanding and application, will be assessed based on our ITT curriculum, which meets and exceeds the requirements of the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework. Ongoing formative assessment will be carried out by each mentor at the placement school.

This will be in the form of lesson observations, target setting, professional dialogue, reflections etc. Each trainee teachers’ progress will be tracked through 5 formative assessment points during the year. The final assessment will be based on the Teachers’ Standards, which will be assessed by both the school mentor and Teach West London staff.

It takes one academic year to complete Teach West London's ITT course.

All Teach West London's ITT courses begin in late August/early September (depends on the first day of the academic year in your placement school) and finish the following July. For example, September 2024 – July 2025. (Please note that two compulsory induction days will take place in July, before the start of the course).

Register your interest

Teach West London offers two course options:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only, which qualifies you to teach in maintained primary, secondary and special schools in England.
  • QTS & Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) where you will become a qualified teacher and gain 60 master's level credits.

The course fees are as follows:

  • QTS only: £7,950
  • QTS + PGCE: £8,950

Non-salaried pathway financial support options

If you follow a non-salaried pathway, you may be eligible for some financial support options including:

  • Student loan maintenance support
  • Tax-free bursaries
  • Scholarships

Student loan maintenance support

There are student loans available via Student Finance England which can cover the cost of your training fees.

Tax-free bursaries

There are tax-free training bursaries available for some secondary subjects on the non-salaried pathway. You may be eligible for a bursary if you have a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Masters. Find out more about bursaries.

Scholarships

There are scholarships available for some secondary subjects on the non-salaried pathway. The DfE-funded scholarships are available to high calibre candidates who pass a robust application and interview process and are awarded instead of a bursary.

For trainees applying in 2024/25 the available bursaries and scholarships are:

Subject

Bursary

Scholarship

Art & Design

£10,000             

£0

Biology

£25,000

£0

Chemistry

£28,000

£30,000

Computing

£28,000

£30,000

Design & Technology

£25,000

£0

English

£10,000

£0

Geography

£25,000

£0

Languages

£25,000

£27,000

(French, German and Spanish only)

Maths

£28,000

£30,000

Music

£10,000

£0

Physics

£28,000

£30,000

RE

£10,000

£0

For more detailed funding information, visit the DfE website.

Additional payments for teachers

Interested in teaching sciences, mathematics, computing or languages? See the further benefits of getting into teaching below:

  • Early career payments: If you teach mathematics, physics, chemistry or languages you may be eligible for a £2,000 payment 2 years after gaining QTS.
  • Levelling up premium payment: This payment ranges from £1,500 to £3,000, depending on the school you teach in. This is currently available to teachers of chemistry, physics, mathematics and computing on gaining QTS.
  • Claim back your student loan: Eligible biology, chemistry, physics, computing and languages teachers can now claim back student loan repayments.

To access the most up to date information on additional payments for teachers, visit the DfE website.

Questions about ITT Fees and Funding

If you have any specific questions regarding the costs or available funding for our ITT courses, please give us a call on 020 3301 3180 or send us an email at [email protected].

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If you are ready to begin your ITT application process, select the How to Apply button below.

How to Apply

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If you have any questions about pursuing a career in teaching or would like to know more about our programme, please register your interest to receive more details or email [email protected] or call Teach West London on 020 3301 3180.

If you are ready to begin your ITT application process, select the How to Apply button below.

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