Primary (39YR)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

We train between 8 and 10 trainees a year. The small number of trainees enables us to give very individualised support.

The course runs from September to mid July with trainees spending time at Trevithick Learning Academy and St Issey Church of England School.

Trainees learn from our experienced team of teachers by observing teaching, team teaching, and delivering activities to individuals, groups and the whole classes.

Expert practitioners including headteachers, senior leaders and teachers lead two half day seminar sessions per week, away from the classroom. These training sessions are designed to be engaging and purposeful for trainees. This training covers the content of the full range of National Curriculum Subjects using adventurous and creative approaches where possible.

Our teacher mentors observe trainees teaching and give high-quality feedback, support and advice. Weekly mentoring sessions will support you to reach your milestones on your journey to becoming a primary school teacher.

Venture MAT

Interview process

We meet and interview all shortlisted candidates in an outdoor setting prior to making an offer to train with us.

Interviews are held at Godrevy Beach and include;

  • Introduction to the training programme by Programme Director and Course Manager
  • Meeting with a selection of associate teachers who deliver key aspects of the course
  • Group discussion about experiential learning
  • Small group teaching activity
  • Short presentation by each candidate (title to be given on the day)
  • Individual Interviews

We aim to give feedback and offers to applicants within one working day.

How school placements work

School placements are arranged to maximise teacher experience across the full primary age range;

  • St Issey is our small rural school and is located between Padstow and Wadebridge.
  • Trevithick Learning Academy is the trust’s large town school that serves the community of Camborne.

Both schools provide education from 2 to 11 years of age. Trevithick has an Area Resource Base which supports pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties.

Trainees are encouraged to engage in the full life of the school during their placements including school visits and after school clubs and activities.

Trainees spend the;

  • Autumn term in a Key Stage 1 class
  • Spring & Summer terms in a upper and lower Key Stage 2 classes

They undertake a teaching practice each term with increasing amounts of responsibility for delivering the curriculum and assessing pupils learning. Ongoing support for placements is provided by our mentors.


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

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



A first degree of a UK Higher Education Institution, which must be a 2:2 or above (achieved or pending).

At the time of application, you must have already achieved GCSE or O-Level Maths, English and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification). From Summer 2017 the grades required under the new GCSE's are 4-9.

To begin the initial teacher training course, you must have completed the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests, more information can be found on-line.

Personal qualities

Successful applicants will be able to;

  • demonstrate a commitment to working with children
  • communicate clearly with young people
  • demonstrate that they have had experience of working with young people in the outdoors
  • show that they are able to think and apply creative ideas when planning activities
  • demonstrate an awareness, understanding and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children

Other requirements

All applicants will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child and adult workforce, as well as clearance by your HEI Link Occupational Health department.

About the training provider

We offer an exciting and dynamic route into teaching for people who have a love of the outdoors and like to approach life creatively.

At Venture MAT we pride ourselves in ‘daring to be different’, pushing the boundaries, and thinking outside the box to create our own unique story. Our partnership includes large and small rural and town schools.

Our lead school ‘Trevithick Learning Academy’ has maintained an Outstanding OFSTED rating for a number of years. We offer high quality proven approaches to teaching and learning, that are embedded within a framework of experiences, designed to make school memorable and fun. These include the ‘Venture 60’ list of adventurous activities that all our children complete before the end of their time with us - Y1 Bear Hunt, climbing a mountain, raft building, cooking on campfires etc.

In association with and addital to delivering National Curriculum Subjects trainees learn to plan and deliver outdoor and adventurous activities such as our Coast to Coast Mountain Bike Ride, School Regatta, Beach and Forest Schools.

Our team of associate teachers have Specialist Leader in Education status (SLE). Our mentors have undertaken specialist training and have a great deal of experience working to support trainees with outstanding ITT providers over a number of years.

We all look forward to working with you and sharing your individual journey to becoming a teacher.

Venture MAT

About the accredited body

Plymouth Marjon University Teacher Education Partnership is a well-established partnership between the University and Schools in the South West, London and Service Children's Education. It is a values-based collaborative partnership that ensures excellent outcomes for pupils, trainees and teachers. It is rated good with outstanding leadership and management by Ofsted.

You will spend time studying your subject specialism with peers from the University and then develop these skills with training in the school setting. You will have two mentors, one at your home School and a University based Tutor to guide you through your year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs and with our HEI partners make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the training programme is accessible to all.

Please find detailed information about the support we provide in conjunction with our HEI partner below.

University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) :(

Contact details

C/O Trevithick Learning Academy
Mount Pleasant Road
TR14 7RH


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