Lancaster and Fylde Schools' Alliance
Design and Technology (35GL)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
Financial support
Bursary or 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.

Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

About the training provider

The Lancaster and Fylde Schools’ Alliance is comprised of 4 schools in the Lancaster area, and 4 schools based on the Fylde coast. These schools have been chosen to be part of our alliance as they offer our trainees a comprehensive and supportive environment in which they flourish as teachers. We have committed, enthusiastic and experienced mentors, and an outstanding team of practitioners who have proven success ensuring the best training and experiences for our trainee teachers.

Due to the geographic location of our partner schools, we are able to offer placements within 2 hubs ( north and south of Lancashire). The close proximity of our schools is beneficial to our trainees as travel time is kept to a minimum.

Being a partnership of local schools allows the Lancaster and Fylde Schools’ Alliance to have great relationships with our students and an increased amount of time mentoring our trainees with their progression into teachers of the future. Trainee feedback for our alliance schools makes reference to the support and encouragement given to our trainees during their training.

It is also important to note that our trainees will receive a PGCE teaching qualification, giving them more opportunities when they begin your teaching career. Our trainees complete assignments which are assessed at masters level by their University of Cumbria tutor. The assignments contribute 60credits towards a Masters in Education.

The diverse nature of the FSA schools will benefit all trainees as you will experience working in a wide variety of teaching environments.

About the accredited body

We have a long standing partnership with the University of Cumbria which has been highly successful in providing a quality experience for our School Direct trainees.

Our PGCE Secondary is fully compliant with the Department for Education (DfE) requirements and has additionality in that we can evaluate our training programme to match our trainees' needs. Throughout the year we offer bespoke training that reflects the knowledge gaps of our trainees, if for example, our trainees are lacking in an understanding about English as an Additional language (EAL), we then deliver additional training sessions in this area.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are all different and each have our own unique ways of learning, we offer students an individualised SPLD action plan designed to give you the extra support you need to excel in your studies.

What we can offer:

We aim to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people. We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course.

Support when things go wrong:

Life throws many challenges our way and during a PGCE year they can be difficult to manage. There is however support at hand through Subject Mentors, Professional Mentors, the University Programme Leader and the Students' Union Welfare Officer. It's important to talk about the challenges and not attempt to cope on your own, be open and do not worry about judgments being made, we are here to help you succeed!

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Contact details

Crag Road


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