Blackburn Team Alliance
Primary (29YV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

We deliver a school based primary PGCE. Our alliance is committed to ensuring all trainees understand 'Quality First' approaches to teaching and learning and benefit from the highest standards in coaching and learning from theory and curriculum sessions into a real life classroom environment.

This is a full time/full school year programme and a large amount of time is spent in school. As it is a PGCE it includes theory work at Masters level (Level 7) and in recognition of the high levels achieved by students on this programme they are rewarded with 60 Masters level credits.

The course consists of five modules:

  • Raising Achievement of Children.
  • High Quality Learning and Teaching.
  • Leading and managing change in the primary school.
  • Pedagogy and Practice.
  • The Teaching of Reading.

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Interview process

If shortlisted, candidates will undertake a rigorous interview process to establish their suitability for Team Alliance's School Direct Programme.

Members of the interview panel include Headteachers of our TEAM Alliance schools and the Partnership Programme Leader.

During your interview day you will be expected to do the following:

  • Teach a small group of children.
  • Take part in a discussion with other candidates.
  • Answer questions in a formal interview.

Our interview days are rigorous, thorough and we expect all candidates to present themselves in a professional manner, designed for us to get the best applicants possible onto our programme.

How school placements work

We currently have 22 schools in our partnership. You will be allocated a host school where you will spend every Monday and Tuesday observing excellent classroom practice. Your class teacher will be a fully trained mentor who will guide you through the year of training.

Wednesdays and Fridays will be spent studying National Curriculum subjects and how to teach them. These lectures are led by accredited Specialist Leaders of Education who are experts in their individual subject areas.

Thursdays are spent studying the theory of education leading to Masters credits and this is delivered by UoC.

There are 3 assessed placements throughout the year. You will carry out the Beginning Placement and Extending Placement in your host school. You will be allocated a contrasting school for your Developing Placement which will also be a contrasting Key Stage to give you the best and wider experience. Enrichment week, which develops the teaching of a cross curricular 'topic' based approach to learning, will be undertaken in a third school. You may select a preference of KS1 and KS2 for your host school.


The course fees for 2020/2021 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.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • A 2:1 degree is preferred, however applicants with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered and a decision made based on the overall strength of their application in competition with other applicants.
  • 3 GCSE's grade C or above to include English Language, Maths and Science

Some school experience would be recommended in order to support you in the interview process , however, this is not essential.

Personal qualities

We seek to recruit:

  • trainees who possess a genuine desire to enrich the lives of young children and who can conduct themselves in a friendly, approachable manner with a positive outlook.

This is the course for you if you are:

  • A graduate who is genuinely motivated by the prospect of a career in teaching
  • Interested in benefiting from a school based approach to teacher training.
  • Passionate about learning to teach from highly experienced and respected professionals
  • Enthused by the prospect of working alongside good or outstanding teachers in high performing schools

Other requirements

School work experience is not essential but we highly recommend you to arrange this if possible as it will benefit you in your mini teach at interview. As we recognise how valuable this school experience is prior to starting the course, we are able to arrange this prior to or following the interview. Please contact us for help with this.

About the training provider

We are an established alliance consisting of a lead school who works in partnership with other high performing schools within the borough. Our aim is to deliver outstanding ITT provision in our PGCE General Primary (5 - 11) delivered by experienced practitioners. We have a strong commitment to providing a stimulating, challenging and rewarding training experience.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to training outstanding teachers to teach in the local authority and beyond. We have an exemplary employment record as a result of supporting our trainees through every step of the job hunting process and into their chosen line of work.

Evidence from our course completion exit survey shows that our trainees are very happy with the training delivered .

Quotes from our trainees include:

'I am so pleased I chose Blackburn TEAM Alliance as from Day 1 I was straight into school life and very quickly gained a full understanding of the challenges and expectations of the job'.

'I am very excited to begin my first teaching post and feel very prepared following a thorough and rigorous course with the highest expectations from TEAM'.

Quotes from Head Teachers include:

The students we have had have been of such a high calibre and the course has prepared them so well.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Full support will be given to those trainees with a learning difficulty, disability and/or a medical condition that affects their learning, so they are not substantially disadvantaged.

Each trainee will be assessed on an individual basis to ensure all partners involved in the training are fully aware of any additional needs and how best to support the trainee through the different stages of the course.

Please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Contact details

01254 667449
Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy
Manor Road


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: 1UC
  • Training programme code: 29YV

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy
Manor Road, Blackburn BB2 6LX
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