Learn-AT School Direct
Primary (2L28)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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 offer a School Direct route into teacher training. This means part of your training will be school based and part of it will be University based.

All of our successful trainees will achieve a PGCE from the University of Leicester, 90 Masters Credits and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

The course is full time from the end of August until the following July. You will either be working in our schools or at the University of Leicester for academic study.

You will be assessed on written assignments and practical teaching in schools. You will have a University tutor and school based tutor for support, as well as mentors and lecturers.

Learn-AT School Direct is based at Church Langton CE Primary School who operates as the Lead School for the group of schools we work with. We organise your teaching placements for you and manage your time in school. Our experienced teachers will be delivering Maths and English training for you. We offer specialist workshops in subjects like RE, Music and Art.

We usually recruit around 10 trainees meaning we can really get to know our cohort each year. Many candidates are attracted to our course because of its personal and friendly nature.

Our candidates get to be part of our small, supportive group whilst having the benefits of being able to interact with their fellow PGCE trainees from other courses whilst at the University.

Interview process

We operate a two stage interview process:

The school based stage includes preparing an activity for a small group of children based on a picture book of your choice, a written task and a formal interview.

The University stage includes debate, discussion, role-play and a formal interview.

The school based stage usually comes first. You must be successful at each stage to be offered a place.

How school placements work

We are very luck to work with 20 schools who are dedicated to teacher training:


As part of our School Direct course you will be placed in 3 different schools of contrasting size, location and setting.

We currently offer placements in KS1 (age 5-7) Lower KS2 (age 7-9) and Upper KS2 (age 9-11) but also have many fantastic Reception class teachers (children age 4-5) who are keen to work with our students.

We will liaise with you to offer you the best range of placements to suit your needs and experiences. As the Lead School, we organise all of your placements with you in mind.

All of our students get to spend the start of term with us at Church Langton, seeing how the beginning of the year unfolds for children and staff.

You will then have a short 2 week Preliminary placement linked to your first main placement in October, lasting 6 weeks.

Your second main placement is in the Spring term lasting 6 weeks followed by a final placement in the Summer term lasting 8 weeks. Each of the three main placements will be in different schools and in a different age group.


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.

Financial support from the training provider

For any trainees having to travel more than 25 miles* to their placement school we offer a travel bursary of £100 per placement.

*We try to avoid trainees having to travel further than this where possible, although it may be necessary for their developmental training needs.



English, Maths & Science G.C.S.E's Grade A-C (5-9)

Degree 2:2 (considered) 2:1 (preferred)

Personal qualities

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic applicants who want to make a difference in children's lives.

We want candidates who show a real commitment to want to shape and support the development of young children. We want people who acknowledge the huge impact teachers can have in children's lives.

We are looking for people who will gain real reward and job satisfaction from helping children flourish in every way.

Other requirements

We hope our candidates have spent some time in school before applying so that we feel they are making an informed career choice. This is desirable rather than essential.

Successful applicants will require a full DBS check.

About the training provider

We are based in the South East of Leicestershire near Market Harborough.

We have good road links being close to the A6, A47 and A14.

We have delivered a Primary PGCE teacher training programme in partnership with the University of Leicester since 2014, initially as Church Langton School Direct and now as Learn-AT School Direct. We provide high quality teaching placements across our excellent group of local schools.

We can be flexible and allocate teaching placements according to your needs and experiences, matching you with the best schools for you. We have a range of highly skilled, experienced specialist teachers whom you can learn from. Training opportunities will be available to you across all the schools we work with.

We are very excited to be providing the Maths, English & Science strands of your academic training. Our specialist teachers work closely with the University to provide masters level training whilst incorporating practical, classroom based elements.

We are proud to be part of the Diocese of Leicester and many schools we work with are Church Schools. The Diocese take an active role in the RE training we provide.

At Learn-AT Teaching School we are privileged to work teachers who are specialists in their field. These specialists run workshops for our trainees in areas such as Art, Music and Design.

So if you want to teach in a range of engaging Primary Schools and have a say in where your training takes place then Learn-AT School Direct is the course for you!

About the accredited body

The School of Education is located in the heart of Leicester, within 5 minutes’ walk of the railway station. It has been one of the foremost teacher training institutions for many years and was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015.

We offer high quality training by developing the confidence of trainees to become reflective classroom practitioners. The course is practical in emphasis, offering the opportunity to develop essential skills through classroom experience, to interpret and reflect upon them through reading, taught sessions and discussion.We are a proactive partner with individual schools and alliances delivering the School Direct PGCE.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please get in touch with us directly if you wish to discuss any particular needs or disabilities. We will do everything we can to support you:

Teaching School Office: (01858) 383155

School Direct Mobile: 07596 659380

Contact details

01858 383155
Church Langton CE Primary School
Stonton Road
Church Langton Nr Market Harborough
LE16 7SZ


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: 237
  • Training programme code: 2L28

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
Church Langton CE Primary School
Stonton Road, Church Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7SZ
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