Wensley Fold CofE Primary Academy
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Through the delivery of this school basedPrimary PGCE our Alliance is committed to ensuring that our trainees gain the highest level of primary teaching experience and professional development through the close link with our exceptional partner schools allowing you to relate learning from sessions instantly and directly to a classroom environment.


This is a full time programme and the majority of time is spent in school as it is a PGCE it includes some work at masters level (Level 7) 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

*Cumbria Teacher of Reading.


From the very beginning of September you will be working in one of our Alliance schools where you will be learning from teachers in school alongside input from the university lectures on a weekly basis who will guide and support you through all stages of your development and assessment.

There are 3 assessed placement throughout the year of 4, 5 and 9 weeks in length.

Interview process

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

Members of the interview panel include Headteachers 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 best practice. You will also be allocated a fully trained mentor (class teacher) who will guide you through all steps whilst you are in the Host school.

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 this 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 takes place in March in a different school.


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.



*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

*Successful completion of the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy

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 manner fitting of the teaching profession.

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.

About the training provider

We are an established alliance consisting of a lead school who work 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 outstanding practitioners who have all been designated Specialist Leaders of Education within the authority. We have a strong commitment to providing a stimulating, challenging and rewarding training experience. The length of the course is 1 full academic year.

We have an exemplary employment record detailed below:

Year 1 - 19 out of 19 Associate Teachers gained employment.

Year 2 - 16 out of 16 Associate Teachers gained employment

Year 3 - 17 out of 18 Associate Teachers gained employment

Year 4 - 18 out of 20 Associate Teachers gained employment

Currently we have 21 Associate Teachers training with us

Evidence from our course completion exit survey shows that our ATs 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 a Headteacher include:

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

About the accredited body

Our partnership of schools provides a diverse range of settings which include faith schools and schools with predominantly EAL learners.

Our training is delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria who are the 3rd largest School Direct higher education partner in the UK. Lectures from the UOC will be delivered on site at Wensley Fold in Blackburn

Training with disabilities and other needs

Full support will be given to those ATs with disabilities and other needs

Each AT 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 AT through the different stages of the course.

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

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