Cheshire Leadership & Teaching Alliance Primary (267W)

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

Accredited body
University of Chester
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 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:-

  • 120 school based learning days across 2 schools
  • 43 training days to improve subject knowledge across the curriculum. The subjects are - Maths, Literacy, Science, MFL, DT, Art, PE, RE, History, Geography, Computing and SEND.
  • 15 academic learning days led by The University of Chester.

The venue for the training days is the CLTA training Suite, based at Kelsall Primary School.

The 15 academic learning days take place at the University of Chester, or remotely.

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. They are usually the class teacher but may be a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.

The CLTA QA Mentor Lead will also visit the AT every half term to offer support if required.

Finally, the University of Chester will appoint a University Link Mentor for additional support and guidance.

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

Please visit our website to read testimonials from previous ATs.

School placements

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.

Before allocating a school, we will consider personal circumstances such as child care and public transport requirements.

We consider travel time from home to school to ensure placement schools are within a 30 minute journey, wherever possible.

Placement Schools include:

Kelsall Primary & Nursery School, Mill View Primary & Nursery School, Wiiton Church Walk CE Primary School, Hartford Primary School, Tattenhall Park Primary School, Tarporley CE Primary School, Darnhall Primary, Broomfields Junior School (Warrington), Lostock Gralam CE Primary School, Bradshaw CP School (Warrington), Chester Bluecoat CE Primary School, Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School, Eaton Primary School, Hartford Manor Primary School, Tarvin Primary School, Kingsley St- John’s Primary School, Upton Westlea Primary School, Byley Primary School, Lower Peover CE Primary School,

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.

Candidates must organise and pay for equivalent tests themselves.

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 very 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.

A DBS and Healthcheck will be a condition of any offer.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK 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 from the training provider

The course is non-salaried.

About the training provider

Cheshire LTA was designated as a Teaching School in February 2013, the first Teaching School in Cheshire. It is now a strategic partner of the Cheshire Teaching School Hub. We work 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, 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 excellent 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 help them to gain employment as a Early Career Teachers.

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

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

We do not sponsor visas for international students.

We look forward to working with you!

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.

Interview process

Interviews take place at Kelsall Primary School.

A typical interview involves:

  • Five minute activity with a small group of children
  • Five minute presentation
  • Interview (no longer than 30 minutes)

Whilst this is a formal process, the Panel are all very friendly and we do our best to put all applicants at ease.

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

2 references are required, one of which must be academic.

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

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 this training provider

01829 752811
Kelsall Primary School
Flat Lane
WA16 9QG

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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