North Dorset Teaching School Alliance
Primary (36VC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bath Spa 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

While you’re a Bath Spa teacher, you’ll explore models of teaching and the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities can impact children’s learning and well-being.

When you complete your initial teacher training, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

University-based training:

We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands: English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.

School-based training:

You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you’ll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.

This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.

You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching. The PGCE qualification requires you to sit three formal assessments across the year. In addition, you’re required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.

We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a training mentor, who is usually the class teacher.

Interview process

From your application, potential trainees will be selected for interview and will be informed in writing of their interview date.

During this process you will meet the Teaching School Director, the Lead Practitioner for Primary Teacher Education and our leads for primary education from our Alliance schools.

The interview will include some or all of the following:

A teaching episode – potential trainees are asked to teach a short lesson (20-30 mins) either to other interviewees and the Selection Panel, or to a group of students.

Formal interview – panel interview with members of the Selection Panel and if available a member of the appropriate HEI / ITE provider.

Short written task - you will be asked to complete a short written task, the details of which are given on the interview day.

Student panel – potential trainees will be interviewed by a panel of students.

How school placements work

We will work with you to ensure you are placed in the school that will best support your year of training. We will ask you to express a preference for your placement at the point of interview so that we can make sure this is part of our decision making process.

For an informal chat by phone or in person, please contact: Jen Jacklin, Teaching School Director on 07741 578699, 01935 811066, or

Trainees have to spend 6 weeks in a second school. The trainee is free to choose where this is as long as it provides a complementary experience from the home school. We are very happy to support you and advise you on the best option for your second placement. The second school placement takes place straight after the spring half term. The trainees then return to their home schools for the summer term.

We work schools in and around South Somerset and North Dorset. Our schools range in size and we will endeavour to ensure you have the option to experience working in both large and small primary settings. You will also have the option to visit alternative and special provision as well.


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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



GCSE Maths, English and Science (or equivalent) grade 4 (Grade C) or above.

A first degree of a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent.

Skills tests in English and Maths.

Personal qualities

Well Organised.


Hard working.



Good communicator.

Passionate about working with young people.

Other requirements

DBS clearance.

Satisfactory References.

Eligibility to study in the UK.

Proof of adequate knowledge of the phase in which you wish to teach.

About the training provider

Why train with us?

It is quite simple: our provision is outstanding. You will train with Ofsted Outstanding Initial Teacher Education providers and schools. Across our partnership you will encounter exceptional learning environments and experienced staff; you will work with awesome young people as you hone your skills and learn to teach.

We are a well-established provider with long-standing relationships. We work with the Higher Education Institute, Bath Spa University (primary training) and the Initial Teacher Education Provider, Mid-Somerset Consortium (for secondary). You will be given the opportunity to not just work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but also to study for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). This additional qualification is worth 60 credits towards a Masters degree and is widely recognised across the world as a prestigious addition to being a qualified teacher.

You will have two mentors throughout your training, both based in your home school. You will also have the chance to explore a second school during a six-week placement in a different partnership school. We will also ensure you are part of our on-going professional development programme, designed especially to support our School Direct trainees.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The NDP welcomes all candidates and trainees with disabilities, health conditions, metal health conditions or learning difficulties and aims to support all candidates and trainees throughout the recruitment process and training course.

We encourage all candidates/trainees with any disability or health conditions to discuss this with the NDP. If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact the office.

We work closely with trainees and schools to ensure training is accessible and personalised to an individual's needs.

Contact details

01935 811066
The Gryphon School
Bristol Road


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