Considering embarking on a career in teaching – whether you are fresh out of university or looking for a career change – is a big decision. Please view our FAQs below.

If you have any further queries please contact


Why teach?

Quite simply, there is nothing like it. Every day is different when you work with the next generation; it keeps you young.

It’s a hard job and there is lots to do away from the classroom but once you are in there – moulding a young person’s life and making a positive difference – there is nothing better. We personally couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Why the Diverse Association for Professional Learning?

We are a small team with bags of experience and have a trainee-centred approach to teacher training.

We know all of our schools and academies very well and have established strong relationships over the years. We give trainees the opportunity to choose their main school, and give them plenty of notice as to where their six-week placement school will be.

What qualifications do I get when completing a PGCE course?

PGCE, QTS and masters credits.

What kind of support do I get when training through Diverse Academies Trust?

You have an in-school mentor for an designated hour per week, as well as an in-school ITE lead.

You will also have a university mentor who will visit you during the course and, if you are in a  secondary environment, you will also have a subject coordinator.

On top of this, you will be allocated a wellbeing buddy to support you on your journey into teaching.

Do you get a salary on the PGCE course?

While there is no salary on the PGCE course, there are student loans available that can cover the course fee and some living costs, and some subjects receive a bursary. It is worth doing a bit of research as you can also apply for reduced council tax as a student and receive maintenance grants for child care if you are eligible.

Is there an apprenticeship for PGCE?

There is a requirement bespoke to subject and location for more information contact

Can I apply without all the entry requirements?

Yes, you can apply, as long as you are in your final year of your degree.

You can also apply without the correct GCSEs, as long as you pass an equivalency test before your start date. Please email for information on GCSE equivalencies.

Can I apply without school experience?

Yes you can, but other candidates may have gained school experience prior to application, giving them an advantage.

Whilst you will gain plenty of school experience on the course, and you can do days in your chosen school before you start, it may be worth looking into our school experience days to see what experience we can offer you before you apply.

Are many trainees career-changers?

Our trainees vary in age, experience and are from a range of backgrounds. Many of them join us for a change in career, and bring with them a wealth of transferable skills and experience.

It does not matter where your starting point may be, we have the mentoring support to give you what you require to be successful as a teacher.

How can I find out more?

If you would like to talk to us about PGCE or any of our services, please email us

Our professional team look forward to hearing from you, and providing advice and supporting you through your teacher training journey.