Ambitions Teaching School Primary (33JP)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Winchester
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The salaried Primary Course involves you being employed by the school where your main placement is. In addition to the training for the course, you would be expected to have additional responsibilities and accountability in the school, which tuition fee trainees wouldn’t have.

You would then undertake a 6 week placement in the Spring Term in a contrasting school, in a different Key Stage.

Salaried positions are only available in certain placement schools, so please contact us to enquire about the Salaried vacancies we have and your suitability for these posts.

The course itself is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.

You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The age range of the course in 5 - 11.

Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It’s also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education.

Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that immerses you in the theory and practice of teaching. You will love studying at our beautiful campus where your lecturers know you by name, helping you to develop the confidence you need to be an outstanding teacher and make a real difference in the world.

School placements

Teaching placements are located in Bournemouth and Poole, within schools that are part of the Ambitions Training School Alliance.

Trainees stay in one school for the majority of the year apart from when they have a 6 week long placement in a contrasting school in the Spring Term. As a salaried trainee, you would have additional responsibilities in your main placement school.

You will complete placements in both Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11). We aim to ensure your main placement is in your preferred Key Stage and that the 6 week placement is in the contrasting Key Stage, in a different school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We will only accept an equivalency in one subject, either Maths OR English, not both.

Personal qualities

We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the secondary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.


The salary is on the Unqualified Teachers scale. The exact scale point is determined by the placement school.

There are no further costs or fees to the trainee.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Ambitions Training School Alliance is a diverse, vibrant learning community of schools which include mainstream primary and secondary in addition to specialist provision for primary and secondary children that have social and emotional difficulties. Our schools are all based in Bournemouth and Poole.

We offer a school based School Direct training opportunity to achieve QTS and PGCE in partnership with the University of Winchester. This is an exciting opportunity to train with a dynamic and forward thinking Trust, where you will be a valued member of a dedicated and professional team of excellent teachers and support staff.

You will be supported by either a class tutor / professional mentor within the school setting, alongside your professional tutor at the University.

We have had a very high pass rate since our School Direct programme began and offer our own bespoke training package in addition to the University sessions.

In addition, we also support all our trainees with gaining employment for their Early Career Teacher posts once they have achieved QTS.

Anyone who is interested in applying to train with us is welcome to make an appointment to visit, tour any of our schools and discuss your individual needs.

Interview process

If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day consists of a written task, a lesson to a class and an individual interview. Further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date.

The interview is also your chance to find out more about the University, the course and the schools that we use for placements.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.

Contact this training provider

Queen's Park Academy
East Way

Support and advice

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