Ladywood School Direct
Primary (22BH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Edge Hill University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Our mission at Ladywood is to enable you to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 with creative teaching. Through a combination of local school based training within the Bolton area and EHU sessions, we aim to provide an innovative, school-led programme whereby you can learn from specialist tutors and expert practitioners at the cutting edge of developments in education.

You will benefit from high quality training through our excellent partnerships and experience a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes in good and outstanding settings. We will consider your personal interests and work alongside you to create a tailor made experience.

The PGCE School Direct route will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will specialise in one of the following:

Computing/Technology Enhanced Learning

Creative Arts




Modern Languages

Physical Education


Special Educational Needs/Disabilities

Learning Outside The Classroom

This PGCE School Direct route consists of three main elements.

Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development.

Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences.

Specialism – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.

You may choose a research specialism from a variety of subjects.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.

Interview process

What are we looking for?

If you want to inspire life-long learners and are passionate to improve the outcomes for primary pupils you are what Ladywood is looking for. You need to be dedicated in creating innovative environments for primary pupils to thrive.

How we select our Trainees?

Ladywood Teaching School is the lead school in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process. The interview will take place within one of our local Partner schools and will include:

• Classroom observation

• 10 minute observed focus activity

• An interview

• Literacy, Mathematics and Science knowledge tests

The aim of the interview is to get the very best from our candidates and is carried out in a fair and professional manner.

You will be informed prior to your interview the content of the activity

and the age group you will be teaching. Our Interview team will consist of Alliance school staff and Edge Hill University staff.

The rigorous and thorough process is aimed at recruiting trainees of the highest calibre.

We look forward to receiving your application to join this prestigious programme.

How school placements work

The Ladywood Alliance programme, in partnership with Edge Hill University and over 20 schools in Bolton, offers a PGCE with QTS and is aimed at producing Outstanding Teachers and Leaders of tomorrow. Our schools are selected on the basis of their commitment to supporting our future teaching profession.

Here are some of our Partner Schools:

The Oaks Primary School

St. Saviours C of E Primary School

Red Lane Primary School

Pikes Lane School

Castle Hill Primary School

Eatock Primary School

Markland Hill Primary School

Moorgate Primary School

Haslam Park

Hardy Mill Primary School

St Matthews Primary School

Mytham Primary School

Rivington and Blackrod High School

Masefield Primary School

Beaumont Primary School

Brownlow Fold Primary School

Green Fold School

Devonshire Road Primary School

Ladywood School and Outreach Service

Each trainee will be expected to receive the following:

Three placement blocks in differing schools and covering all primary phases (between 6 and 11 weeks depending on the placement block). One of these blocks can be within a Special School setting if this is of particular interest to you.

Experience of an EYFS setting

Experience of an SEND setting

Placements are discussed on an individual basis as we endeavour to accommodate your bespoke requests.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,000

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20 are still to be announced by the Government.

For more details visit

Financial support information for international students can be found at

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit



Before the programme commences, you must have:

A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification);

GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics;

GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at

Personal qualities

When you apply, you need to demonstrate to us that you have:

A genuine commitment to, and an understanding of, primary education. You will need to demonstrate the personal attributes, values and motivation you feel are required to join the teaching profession

In addition, you must have suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University and Ladywood Teaching School Alliance you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Contact details

Masefield Road
Little Lever


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