Primary with Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance: Whitehall Primary/Ashley Down Primary Accredited provider: University of the West of England, Bristol

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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

The School Direct PGCE route offers a mix of a traditional university-based PGCE with school-based learning across the Alliance partner schools to give you the best of both worlds. This route enables you to draw on the expertise of your placement schools, the Alliance Training Manager, Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and the HEI (the University of the West of England) over a year of training. Some sessions take place at Whitehall Primary School in a small group setting, where you can benefit from bespoke input in a group of no more than 20. This is not a salaried route and so normal tuition fees apply.

This programme has an academic element, with a small number of assignments across the year, working at Masters' level. You will have a school-based mentor, link tutor (from the HEI) and training with the Alliance Training Manager and outstanding class teachers from across the city.

Assessment is ongoing while training at a school. This will include a weekly observation with feedback and also a weekly meeting with your mentor to discuss progress against the Teachers' Standards.

During the year trainees will spend time in two schools (September to February & February to June). The first block placement will be in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2, and the second block placement will be in the alternative Key Stage and a contrasting setting.

Our PGCE programme offers a real range of experiences across the year to prepare you for your first teaching post. Join us and continue our 100% employment rate on this route!

Interview process

If you are successful at the application stage and are subsequently invited to interview, the structure of the day consists of the following:

  • A welcome and introduction to the day
  • A 10 minute activity working with children (details of this will accompany an invitation to interview email)
  • A 5 minute micro-teach to other candidates (details of this will accompany an invitation to interview email)
  • An interview which will last no longer than 30 minutes
  • A Maths & English 'quiz' (to be undertaken individually - this is not the professional skills test) (

The interview panel for the day usually consists of members of the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance and Partnership head teachers.

How school placements work

As the city's Teaching School, we have strong relationships with a wide range of primary schools across Bristol, serving many different types of communities. Placements for trainees are very carefully selected around your needs. We will always do our best to ensure that travel time is as little as possible whilst at the same time providing schools that support and challenge each trainee, to get the very best out of you.

Each of the two placements will be in a class from Year 1 to Year 6. Both placements offer significant in-school training time, which, together with your centre-based training, will prepare you extremely well for your future career in teaching.


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

Application for student finance is available.

The websites below are useful for further information



Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You will need:

  • A degree (2:2 or above)
  • GCSEs grade C / grade 4 or above in Maths, English & Science (or equivalent)
  • Successful attainment of the QTS Professional Skills Tests (Maths & English) (

Personal qualities

Desirable qualities include:

  • An understanding of teaching and learning within a school setting
  • Excellent time management
  • Organisational skills
  • Emotional resilience
  • A strong work ethic

Other requirements

An enhanced criminal record (DBS) check is required to assess your suitability to work with children.

Some voluntary work or prior school experience is desirable.

About the training provider

We have a well-established track record in Initial Teacher Education as part of our overall staff development, leadership and succession planning work. The Executive Heads of all Teaching Alliance schools (Whitehall Primary – where our training centre is located - Bridge Farm Primary & Ashley Down Schools Federation) are National Leaders of Education (NLEs) who support other schools across the city and beyond.

The Teaching School Alliance has a strong reputation and proven track record of delivering training to leaders, leadership teams, teachers, trainees and parents/carers which makes a lasting difference to teaching, leadership and classroom practice. All Alliance schools are graded as outstanding by OFSTED.

In 2018-19 we are training 16 potential teachers through the PGCE route and last year trained 10 members of staff on the School Direct salaried route in schools across the city. We work hard to ensure that your training year works for you, and pride ourselves on working closely with every trainee, mentor and school. We offer a unique and high-quality learning experience to prepare you fully for your future career in teaching. We have an invested interest in ‘growing our own’ teachers, spotting talent and raw potential in local schools, and our communities, then coaching and nurturing trainee teachers towards employment in local schools as excellent practitioners.

For more information, please visit our website (

About the accredited provider

We are delighted to strengthen our partnership working with the University of the West of England this academic year. Following successful recruitment, trainees will have the opportunity to work in two contrasting schools during the year, as well as having a blended approach to learning through both university-based seminars and tutorials and training centre professional development sessions. These take place at Whitehall Primary School, and draw upon expert practitioners to deliver this training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability Access

All schools and the university have disabled access. For information on any other needs, please contact a member of the BPTSA team through our main email address

Contact details

Whitehall Primary School
Johnson's Lane


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1PL
  • Training programme code: 2T8X

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
1 Whitehall Primary School Johnson's Lane, Easton, Bristol, England BS5 9AZ

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