Longford Park School
Primary (2M4X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores 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
August 2019

About the course

Full Primary PGCE course

This course provides Primary PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through Liverpool John Moores University, enabling employment in mainstream or SEN schools. Our programme is delivered alongside that of the Palmerston Alliance. Lis Burbage, Headteacher Palmerston School 0151 428 2128,

email - palmerston-ht@palmerston.liverpool.sch.uk

The Liverpool John Moores University taught programme focuses predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy. Sessions are led by subject experts and are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become confident teachers. In addition, lead lectures and seminars develop student teachers’ confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. Sessions are largely workshop-based and participatory so that theoretical, research-informed teaching is explicitly linked to its practical implications for the classroom.

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through the 2 Modules. The course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that the PGCE Award is both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of the academic Modules. Trainees also submit one academic essay in two parts which focuses on reflecting on aspects of your practice.

  • credits towards Masters

Liverpool John Moores University provides a number of days teaching and learning towards a Masters, enabling 60 credits to be achieved during this year.

Experience a range of SEN with placements at specialised schools.

The partnership covers all aspects of SEN including autism, behavioural, visual impairment. A home school placement and two assessed placements, plus day/half day shadowing of other students, will ensure all aspects are covered during the year.

Placement schools are all located within the Trafford borough.

Networking opportunities are available throughout the year with trainees registered as part of our Consortia, these days and training days are usually held at a venue in Liverpool.

Our experienced teachers and mentors will guide you through the course. As a trainee teacher you will be encouraged to adopt and develop a reflective approach to your learning. We have found this practice is powerful and will support your continued professional growth throughout your career in teaching.

All our School Direct vacancies are offered as Unsalaried.

Interview process

When invited to an interview you will be asked to bring your ID and qualification certificates with you. We interview at specific times throughout the year and it is likely other candidates will be in attendance on the same day as you. We ask for all candidates to arrive at the same time of 8.30am. After signing in you will meet with the Headteacher and have the opportunity to tour the school and find out more about our course and how it is delivered. During the rest of the day you can expect:-

Classroom based Activity

You will spend the morning working in one of our classrooms. You will be observed and assessed by the class teacher during this time.

English task

Following your time in the classroom you will be asked to complete a reflective task on your morning.

The Formal Interview

The interview is our principle method for deciding whether or not we think you would be suitable for the course.

The interviews are held in the afternoon and will be carried out by at least 2 senior leadership team members, it is expected that the interview will last no longer than 30 minutes.

What Happens after Interview?

Following your interview, we will make a decision as to whether we can offer you a place on the course as soon as possible. All offers are conditional on your achievement of specified entry requirements, such as academic grades, satisfactory DBS check and Medical Clearance.

How school placements work

We have formed great relationships with many Trafford Schools due to our Outreach Service supporting between 20-40 primary schools each year. Our service gives professional advice and guidance surrounding managing pupil behaviour and many of these schools are happy to support us in return and fully participate in the School Direct Programme with us. We therefore are able to place our trainees at primary schools within Trafford that can specifically meet their needs or if they would like to acquire a special skill set we have plenty of options. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss with your mentor and agree the best placement for you.

Usually the course starts with your home placement here at Longford Park School Sept – Dec. In January you will be placed at a mainstream school for 6/7 weeks and after this usually in March you will be placed within another special school or special unit setting for a 3 to 4 week block. Various training days and university days are scheduled throughout the year. All placements are within Primary Schools. You will gain experience of KS1 and KS2 throughout the course.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £14,000

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Various Bursaries are available.

More information can be found on the Get into Teaching website




Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances.

A contribution towards travel training and university may be made in some circumstances.



You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) . The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above, however strong applicants, with experience, with a 2:2 will be considered.

GCSE Grade C/4 above/equivalent in maths, english and science

Pass the professional skills tests numeracy & literacy

NOTE - original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent. If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with ecl-recruit@ljmu.ac.uk

Personal qualities

To have empathic understanding of SEN needs. Individuals will have a caring and nurturing nature.

You may have an interest or qualification in therapeutic / counselling methods.

You must have an understanding of pupil behaviours and have experience of strategies used to manage behaviour within the classroom.

We value candidates that can demonstrate volunteering or employment in school and those that show a real desire and commitment to teaching.

At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher.

Other requirements

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS. We expect all adults to share our commitment to safeguarding and the health and wellbeing of our students.

DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy

Meet DfE standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

A Declaration of Health questionnaire

Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.

About the training provider

Longford Park School is a school for pupils with complex needs. In addition to full time provision for pupils with a statement of SEN we also provide for pupils who are at risk of exclusion from their mainstream schools, through outreach support.

2019/2020 will be our 5th year of School Direct Teaching Training Provision in alliance with Palmerston. We have experienced great success with our programme with all trainees so far successfully completing the course and securing teaching employment.

We are the lead school within Trafford for this Primary School Direct Programme and our specialism within SEN is Pupils with Complex Needs.

For information on Longford Park School please visit -


Contact us

Longford Park School

  • Cromwell Road



M32 8QJ

tel: 0161 912 1895

email: admin@longford.trafford.gov.uk

We work in close Partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), which has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training, taught at the IMMarsh campus. LJMU are responsible for the PGCE/PGDE Academic Award and your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. You will attend LJMU for aspects of your programme, which we have designed in collaboration with them.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Longford Park School promotes the individuality of all our trainees, irrespective of any disability. We are committed to the Equality Act 2010 including the understanding of disabilities and offer an environment whereby individuals can be supported.

All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria of the course programme will be invited to interview.

Longford Park School and all our placement schools have full disability access.

Our University partner LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity. Their Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you'll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: disability@ljmu.ac.uk Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.

All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and within our Partner Schools. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with LJMU’s Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.

Contact details

74 Cromwell 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: 1Z7
  • Training programme code: 2M4X

Choose a training location

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

Name Address Code
Main Site 74 Cromwell Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8QJ -

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