Twynham Learning (School Direct) Primary (N325)

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

Accredited body
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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Poole SCITT, in partnership with Twynham Learning, offers you a one year course leading to a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) validated by Kingston University in Surrey. The course carries 60 Credits towards a Masters Degree. There will be 4 places available on this Twynham Learning Primary course.

The course is largely school based, with approximately 24 weeks on school placements and 14 weeks on the taught course mainly at the Poole SCITT base. Many of the taught course sessions involve working with children enabling you to successfully link theory and practice.

Tutors, classroom teachers and other educational professionals, experienced in teacher training will run courses, seminars and workshops specially designed to introduce you to the needs of children and the primary curriculum. There will be ample opportunity for peer group discussion and evaluation of your school-based work.

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 during two extensive assessed placements in schools or educational settings.

Trainees are guided through their learning by experienced staff and school based mentors, to enable them to gain the skills and confidence to become effective, successful teachers of primary aged children.

A Course Director, with expert knowledge and experience of teacher education will oversee and co-ordinate your training during the course under the direction of the SCITT Management Board. The Board is made up of representatives of the partnership, including head teachers, mentors and trainees.

The course is an ‘all-through general primary course’ and will train you to teach children from 5-11 years in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and substantial school experience will be provided in both.

Your progress will be monitored and assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competence, leading to profile reviews and professional assignments, which will link education/subject theory with your work in the classroom.

After graduating, you will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with ‘M’ Credits validated by Kingston University in Surrey.

Over the last three academic years, 99% of Poole SCITT trainees have obtained jobs immediately after graduating, most of these in the local area.

School placements

Poole SCITT currently partners with around 30 Primary schools in the Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset area including the Twynham Learning Partnership.

Participating schools have been selected on their record for providing a quality teaching and learning environment, their strength of commitment to professional development and their previous experience of working with trainees in initial teacher training. The schools have been strongly involved in the writing and development of the course and are also involved in the selection of the trainees, their mentoring and assessment.

All trainees are required to undertake assessed training in both Key Stages 1 and 2 and substantial school experience will be provided in both. Students undertake at least one Block Practice in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2 during the course. Each Block Practice consists of 10/11 weeks, both in mainstream schools in the Twynham Learning partnership (Christchurch Junior, Stourfield Infant, Stourfield Junior, Twynham Primary). You will work in 2 of these schools. Additionally there will be 3 intensive placement weeks in schools which will be non-assessed which may be in other partnership schools. You will be placed in schools that best help you to develop your professional practice. This could be across any of the schools in the Twynham Learning partnership. Please see the Twynham Learning website for a list of these schools. Travelling time for students will be taken into account but this is not always possible.

Your main in-school experience will progress from observing and working alongside your class teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups and later, for the whole class.

Trainees will be assigned a trained mentor within the school who will be responsible for supporting and guiding professional development and ensuring that everyone has the opportunities they need within the school.

Trainees are based at the Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School and school experience is within Poole SCITT partner schools and within the Twynham Learning Partnership. Trainees are included in the PGCE cohort of Poole SCITT and Kingston University.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Christchurch Junior School
Clarendon Road, Dorset, Christchurch, BH23 2AA
Sherborn Crescent, Poole, Dorset, BH17 8AP
Stourfield Infant School
Cranleigh Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 5JS
Stourfield Junior School
Stourvale Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 5JG
Twynham Primary School
Marsh Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2NH

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.

We accept GCSEs, iGCSEs or equivalency tests throug the company ‘Equivalency Testing’ only (

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 primary 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

All offers made will be subject to Criminal Records Checks, prohibition from teaching checks, medical clearance, satisfactory references and where necessary satisfactory completion of degrees and other minimum qualification requirements. You will be sent more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept an offer.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Twynham Learning is a partnership of schools and other organisations sharing skills and expertise to improve learning and achievement for every child and young person across Bournemouth and beyond.

Twynham Learning plays a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where new teachers learn from the best teachers, supported through a culture of coaching and mentoring.

This course combines the excellence of Poole SCITT and Kingston University input alongside the outstanding practices that take place within the Twynham Learning partnership.

About the accredited body

Poole SCITT is a provider of teacher education at primary level and has a long history of training teachers.

Ad Astra Infant School, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset is the Taught Course Centre. Some course sessions may take place in the partnership schools. The team are based at Ad Astra Infant School and are responsible for the general direction and day-to-day running of the course.

Validated for PGCE status by Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and the course carries ‘M’ credits towards a Masters.

Interview process

Applicants are selected from applications through the DfE application site ( You should write a full personal statement giving reasons for wanting to teach and cite any experience of working with children (although strongly recommended, this is not an essential requirement for application).

Careful consideration should be made regarding referees. These might be from a University tutor, depending on time lapsed since the degree was taken, and from a school/employment contact. At least one should be from someone who can comment upon your working with children. Email contact details for references must be a professional/school address and not a personal one.

If you meet/expected to meet entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you’ll be invited to attend an interview. Please make it clear if you’re working towards GCSE qualifications and when results will be known. The interview’s your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview session with Literacy and Numeracy testing, group and individual interviews. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the course. More specific details about the interview process will be provided to candidates by email if successful in application, so please provide a valid and regularly monitored email address on application forms.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

Your well-being is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. Candidates are given several opportunities to declare any disabilities or additional support required both before and during the course. We support students on an individual basis according to need. Being a small provider, on occasions we may need to seek specialist advice from outside agencies. All candidates successful in obtaining a place will need to be medically cleared as ‘Fit to Teach’ as per DfE initial teacher training requirements. Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School is accessible for all as are most of our placement schools.

Contact this training provider

01202 605315
Website and
Sherborn Crescent
BH17 8AP

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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