Ladywood School Direct Primary (SEND) (22BH)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Edge Hill University
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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our mission at Ladywood is to enable you to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 with creative teaching. Through a combination of local school based training within the Bolton area and EHU sessions, we aim to provide an innovative, school-led programme whereby you can learn from specialist tutors and expert practitioners at the cutting edge of developments in education.

You will benefit from high quality training through our excellent partnerships and experience a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes in good and outstanding settings. We will consider your personal interests and work alongside you to create a tailor made experience.

The PGCE School Direct route will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first years as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).

During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will specialise in one of the following:

Computing/Technology Enhanced Learning 

Creative Arts 




Modern Languages 

Physical Education 


Special Educational Needs/Disabilities 

Learning Outside The Classroom 

This PGCE School Direct route consists of three main elements.

Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development.

Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences.

Focus area – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.

You may choose a research specialism from a variety of subjects.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.

School placements

The Ladywood School Direct programme, in partnership with Edge Hill University and over 20 schools in Bolton, offers a PGCE with QTS and is aimed at producing Outstanding Teachers and Leaders of tomorrow. Our schools are selected on the basis of their commitment to supporting our future teaching profession. Here are some of our Partner Schools:

The Oaks Primary School St. Saviours C of E Primary School Red Lane Primary School Pikes Lane School The Valley Castle Hill Primary School Eatock Primary School Markland Hill Primary School Moorgate Primary School Haslam Park Hardy Mill Primary School St Matthews Primary School Mytham Primary School Rivington and Blackrod High School Masefield Primary School Beaumont Primary School Brownlow Fold Primary School Green Fold School Devonshire Road Primary School Leverhulme School Ladywood School and Outreach Service

Each trainee will be expected to receive the following:

Three placement blocks in differing schools and covering all primary phases (between 6 and 11 weeks depending on the placement block). One of these blocks can be within a Special School setting if this is of particular interest to you.

Experience of EYFS and experience of SEND.

Placements are discussed on an individual basis as we endeavour to accommodate your bespoke requests.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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, maths or science.

If you are applying and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry, one of Edge Hill University’s equivalency test programmes may be for you.

The equivalency tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate that you satisfy our entry requirements for GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above.

Edge Hill offer tutor-led revision courses or standalone tests for applicants who feel they do not need tuition.

All tutor-led revision courses are delivered online, prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit the standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

Personal qualities

When you apply, you need to demonstrate to us that you have:

A genuine commitment to, and an understanding of, primary education. You will need to demonstrate the personal attributes, values and motivation you feel are required to join the teaching profession

In addition, you must have suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University and Ladywood School Direct you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Subject to eligibility, UK students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

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Financial support information for international students can be found at

Financial support from the training provider

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit

About the training provider

Ladywood is a three times ‘Outstanding’ school, based within Bolton, Greater Manchester. Ladywood School Direct is an integral part of the overall organisation.

Ladywood School Direct programme will be delivered by outstanding practitioners in a highly supportive and aspirational environment. We offer primary placements in both mainstream and special school settings. We aim to transfer your skills, knowledge and understanding into those required for teaching within a primary classroom of tomorrow, by offering a uniquely holistic approach.

The majority of training will be facilitated by our Alliance Partners (currently 22 schools) together with Edge Hill University. The programme allows you to take risks and discover your potential in a safe environment. It allows you to be a reflective practitioner whilst focusing on current pedagogy and bringing this to life in the classroom setting.

This innovative programme aims to meet the needs of the group and the individual, as well as reflecting the current educational concepts; creating a dynamic and diverse training programme. From day one you will be treated as a fellow professional and receive high quality individual support.

The Alliance provides opportunities to teach in both urban and semi-rural settings. You will be joining us and be part of our Alliance’s journey at this exciting and innovative time as we cultivate the next generation of outstanding teachers. We offer a range of Focus areas linked with EHU. This year we will be offering a number of salaried places on our School Direct.

Interview process

What are we looking for?

If you want to inspire life-long learners and are passionate to improve the outcomes for primary pupils you are what Ladywood is looking for. You need to be dedicated in creating innovative environments for primary pupils to thrive.

How we select our Trainees?

Ladywood is the lead school in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process. The interview will take place within one of our local Partner schools and will include:

  • 10 minute observed focus activity
  • An interview
  • written task

The aim of the interview is to get the very best from our candidates and is carried out in a fair and professional manner.

You will be informed prior to your interview the content of the activity and the age group you will be teaching. Our Interview team will consist of Alliance school staff and Edge Hill University staff. The rigorous and thorough process is aimed at recruiting trainees of the highest calibre. We look forward to receiving your application to join this prestigious programme. This interview process may change slightly due to covid restrictions but we will let you know in advance.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

EHU’s Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.

Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.

EHU and Ladywood Teaching School encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise you about:

Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study

Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions

The benefits of a Student Support Plan

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility

Reasonable adjustments to support your study

Exam modifications and alternative assessments

Rights and Responsibilities

Support whilst on placement

Disclosure and Confidentiality

Rights and Responsibilities

PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans

One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition which may require First Aid, we strongly recommend that you complete one of our Emergency Action Plans. We can discuss this with you when you come to see us.

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Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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