North West Learning Partnership Primary (3BFS)

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

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Applicants for this employment-based route should apply to North West Learning Partnership School Direct with the support of a school who is willing to employ them as an non-qualified teacher for the duration of the programme (one academic year).

Contact NWLP on [] prior to making your application to discuss your interest and suitability for this route, along with the name and contact details of the Headteacher at your supporting placement.

North West Learning Partnership offer the salaried route into teaching in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and is aimed at applicants with prior experience in a school-setting.

You will gain a Postgraduate Certificate with Masters credits, alongside Qualified Teacher Status. This Salaried training programme is bespoke as you will benefit from training sessions delivered by outstanding and specialised trainers from our teaching School partnership – Headteachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, experienced consultants and outstanding practitioners who are still involved in teaching. We offer a personalised approach in the training sessions which you access in order to facilitate your individual development.

The PGCE element of the training is assessed through two Modules with LJMU. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete one essay, in two parts which asks you to reflect on your practice. The PGCE element will be taught by experienced and friendly staff from LJMU and you will join a community of students at campus for University – based sessions in addition to training with the North West Learning Partnership School Direct.

In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. You will be supported in meeting this target by your Professional Mentor in school. The Strategic Lead of the School Direct programme and LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure this school-based training.

As a Salaried School Direct trainee you may be expected to teach up to 90% of a teacher timetable and be responsible for the planning, teaching and assessment of your class(es) from early on in the year. Trainees on the salaried programme are selected, recruited and employed directly by schools with our support.

School placements

Your school-based experience takes place largely in your employing school, supported by a Professional Mentor in your school.

All trainees are entitled to a weekly review and feedback meetings with their Professional Mentor, in addition to meetings with the Strategic Lead and to tutorials with LJMU staff. This tailored approach ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally.

In addition to the time spent in your employing school, you will also undertake an alternative placement of roughly two weeks in a contrasting school. This placement will be provided by one of the schools within our Partnership which are all Outstanding or Good.

Additional experiences is provided for through enrichment visits to SEND Schools, Secondary Schools and Foundation Stage.

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.

  • Edge Hill University (GCSE exams only)

  • Combined Science and Science-Biology are both accepted as equivalents to GCSE Science

Personal qualities

Relevant experience and subject knowledge with an enthusiasm for teaching and learning.

Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to children in a range of contexts.

Commitment to supporting learners, including in areas of challenging social context.

Enthusiasm, energy and resilience are required to ensure success on this 1-year intensive training programme.

The ability to work with others in teams and the potential to work successfully at Masters’ level.

Other requirements

Applicants for this employment-based route should apply to North West Learning Partnership School Direct with the support of a school who is willing to employ them as an non-qualified teacher for the duration of the programme (one academic year).

Contact NWLP on [] prior to making your application to discuss your interest and suitability for this route, along with the name and contact details of the Headteacher at your supporting placement.


You will be paid as an unqualified teacher by your employing school for the duration of your training. This will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales. Your employing school may pay the costs of your PGCE training and assessment, though in some instances a contribution towards the PGCE fee is requested from trainees by the employing school. The trainee must agree all contractual terms with their employing school prior to commencing the course.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

North West Learning Partnership School Direct is an established and successful School Direct Provider. As one of only 40 Maths Hubs in the country, we are able to provide outstanding training at the forefront of developments in Mathematics education. Our affiliation with North West Learning Partnership enables us to offer high quality training in all areas of the school curriculum and external audits have recognised this provision as “Outstanding”. The one year in school training for graduates is provided by Serving Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, SLEs/ PDLs and other specialists in their field based at our Strategic Partner schools in close partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. Training with us also means that you will benefit from

  • High employment rates
  • Only Good to Outstanding schools within our Partnership are used for placements
  • Placement schools are across the North West including St Helens, Wigan, Bolton, Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley and Manchester.
  • Highly effective school based tutors. All of a senior level with a wealth of experience or are Specialist Leaders in their field of expertise (SLEs)
  • Personal support structures in place. Large enough to offer a good range of opportunities and experiences but small enough to provide personalised training and support.
  • Provision continues to be graded as ‘Outstanding North West Learning Partnership are committed to ongoing development to all trainees for at least 3 years. Trainees have access, free of charge, to our highly effective NQT and RQT programmes.

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About the accredited body

Our accredited body, Liverpool John Moores University has an established reputation for high quality Teacher Training. The LJMU Partnership’s 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. Our Partnership with LJMU ensures that our teachers develop a deep and research-informed understanding of subjects, the curriculum, learners and learning. The Postgraduate Award from LJMU is co-designed to ensure that teaching and assignments are embedded in classroom practice. There is significant academic and pastoral support from LJMU.

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend an online interview with North West Learning Partnership.

Details to be discussed on application.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

North West Learning Partnership is committed to Equality of Opportunity. All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments. Student support is available from both the partnership and the University.

Support will be put into place for any trainee teacher who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments. For example, we have a specialist in Dyslexia within our Specialist Leader in Education team within the partnership, who can provide support in developing coping strategies in day to day teaching.

Your emotional well being and mental health is important to us. Therefore, support systems are embedded within our programmes.

As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire.

Contact this training provider

North West Learning Partnership Training Centre at St Mary & St Thomas C.E. Primary
Barton Close
St Helens
WA10 2HS

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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