Cheshire Leadership & Teaching Alliance
Primary (267W)

PGCE with QTS full time

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

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our School Direct Programme is an exciting school based training route for graduates interested in primary school teaching.

Working in partnership with the University of Chester we deliver Initial Teacher Training (ITT), leading to accreditation for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding primary teacher.

The programme consists of 130 school based learning days across 2 schools,40 training days to improve subject knowledge across the curriculum/professional skills and 15 academic learning days led by The University of Chester.

Each Associate Teacher will be allocated an experienced Professional Mentor to guide and support them through the programme, ensuring they set high standards for themselves and the children they teach.

The CLTA QA Mentor Lead will also meet and observe ATs each half term.

Finally, the University of Chester will appoint a University Link Tutor/Personal Academic Tutor for further support and guidance.

Later in the year, we help with the NQT job application process and interview techniques. Many of our ATs secure jobs before the completion of the programme in the summer term.

Interview process

Interviews take place at Kelsall Primary School.

A typical interview involves:

  • A learning activity with a group of children
  • A five minute presentation
  • A formal interview

If you are successful, an offer will be made. This offer will be conditional on successful completion of any qualifications, DBS and medical checks.

How school placements work

Associate Teachers are allocated a "home" school where they will be placed for the autumn and summer term. For the spring term they will move to a contrasting placement school to gain experience in another setting and key stage.

By the end of the academic year ATs will have experience in both KS1 and KS2 classes.

ATs are also required to spend 5 days in a EYFS and KS3 setting.

We always consider travel time from home to school and ensure placement schools are within a reasonable travel distance.


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Candidates can apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan to be paid on their behalf. Candidates may be eligible for a maintenance loan and/or grant dependent upon their circumstances.

Please check DFE and University of Chester websites for details on loans and bursaries.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

The course is non-salaried.



Applicants are expected to gain a minimum 2:1 honours degree ( although a 2:2 grade will be considered if a candidate has suitable experience in schools or related professions)

GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science.

Personal qualities

*Friendly, approachable and have a positive outlook *Excellent organisation and time management skills *A passion for teaching and learning    *A creative and innovative approach *The ability to reflect on and develop good practice

Teaching is a challenging career so dedication and resilience is of upmost importance.

Other requirements

Experience working in a primary school setting or with children is desirable but not essential.

About the training provider

Cheshire LTA was designated as a Teaching School in February 2013, the first Teaching School in Cheshire. We are a group of local schools and other strategic partners working together to deliver high quality training for teachers

Our School Direct Programme is an exciting school based training route for graduates interested in primary school teaching.

Working in partnership with the University of Chester we deliver Initial Teacher Training (ITT), leading to accreditation for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

We have an excellent reputation for delivering high quality innovative training by practioners within our Alliance and designated SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education) ensuring our training is practical, relevant and up to date.


  • Friendly, approachable and have a positive outlook
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • A passion for teaching and learning
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and develop good practice


  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths & a Science
  • UK undergraduate 2:2 degree or a recognised equivalent qualification

We understand the needs of our trainees, identify their strengths and ultimately help them go on to gain employment as a newly qualified teacher.

We want all our Associate Teachers to be successful, fulfilled professionals who can make a difference.

The course is non-salaried and tuition fees are paid to the University of Chester.

About the accredited body

At the heart of the University’s vision is an unwavering commitment to ensuring an outstanding student learning experience, developing the expertise of staff and providing teaching excellence.

Through these actions, the University hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of students, staff, and the communities that it serves, enabling the institution to make a significant and growing contribution to the region, nationally and internationally.

In valuing and celebrating its long history and traditions, the University is committed to engendering a sense of pride and shared ownership in all that it does.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that learners with a learning difficulty, disability and/or a medical condition that affects their learning are not substantially disadvantaged.

If you have a learning difficulty, disability and/or medical condition, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Contact details

01829 752811
Kelsall Primary School
Flat Lane
WA16 9QG


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Flat Lane, Kelsall, Tarporley, CW6 0PU
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