Ambitions Teaching School
Music (34KC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 11-16 and 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 secondary 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).

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.

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, short lesson (30mins) to a group of pupils and 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.

How school placements work

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

All placements are for the 11 - 16 age ranges.

When we call you for an interview, we will discuss whether you have any preferences for placements schools as the interview is usually undertaken at the school where your main placement will be.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

The tuition fees for September 2021 entry are £9,250 for UK, EU and Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) students, however the tuition fee for students outside the EU are yet to be confirmed for 2021 entry. Please contact for confirmation of the fee.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows:

  • An honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above
    • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
  • The Department for Education has withdrawn the requirement for ITE applicants to complete literacy and numeracy Skills Tests.
    During the selection process and as part of your training, you will be required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental skills in English and mathematics.

Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.

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.

About the training provider

The Ambitions Teaching 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 100% 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 NQT year 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.

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 details

Queen's Park Academy
East Way


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Choose a training location

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

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
All Saints CofE Academy
Sunnyside Road , Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9BJ
Yes T
LeAF Studio
Holloway Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 9JW
Yes 3
St Aldhelm’s Academy
Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4HS
Yes 1
Wey Valley Academy
Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5AN
Yes E

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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