Teach North West, SS Simon and Jude Alliance
Primary (2CXG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

At Teach North West, we provide a programme tailored to suit your learning journey. We carefully build a picture of your strengths and passions from our first meeting and work with you to increase your confidence, hone your skills and achieve your full potential.

Our programme is well established across the North West, in alliances across three location hubs - Merseyside, East Manchester and Bolton. Some of our partner schools are part of wider multi-academy trusts and teaching schools – giving you a variety of professional networks to tap into from your first day with us.

On an average week, you’ll spend three days in your ‘home school’ gaining experience of being in the classroom, getting involved with and observing group work and lessons.

University lecturers and specialist subject teachers from our alliance schools share their expertise over two training days each week, where you are taught alongside your cohort in the lead school at each hub.

You will complete two summative assessments (essays of 1000-2000 words) over the year, from two of your five core modules.

We pride ourselves on offering our trainees nurture and support right from their interview, and each year provide additional experiences, which focus on developing skills that will further build your confidence in the classroom. All our trainees take part in termly well-being sessions delivered by experts, get to know each other on our activity induction day, get the chance to meet our graduating cohort to ask questions and listen to their experiences at our welcome afternoon, and so much more…

Our past students say: ‘The support was second to none. Teach Bolton fully equipped me with the knowledge and skills I needed in order to progress with my career. I felt confident walking into my first classroom, ready to teach my own class.’ Trainee 2020 - now employed in one of our alliance schools.

‘With Teach Bolton, I benefited from training in outstanding schools in Bolton. The support from the staff and the close knit relationships with peers from the course means you never feel alone.’ Trainee 2016 - now employed in our partner trust, Vantage Academies.

‘The tutors were all extremely helpful and provided fantastic out-of-classroom training too… I felt so prepared and excited to teach, a feeling I hadn’t had from my previous course.’ Trainee 2019 - now employed in our partner trust, Forward as One.

Interview process

First and foremost, we are looking for teaching potential in our applicants.

We do assess applications based on qualifications and child-centred work experience but, most importantly, we are looking for evidence of a candidate’s work ethic, interest in education and passion for working with children.

We conduct interviews online or at assessment mornings.

A typical interview will include a mini-teach to a group of children, a group speaking and listening assessment, an individual ‘getting to know you’ interview with course leaders and a basic maths and English assessment.

We want to provide an interview environment in which you can shine, to help you to decide that we are the right fit and provide a welcoming experience for you to feel confident in expressing yourself and take the most away from the day. We always give feedback on our decision and request feedback from candidate’s to continually improve the experience that we offer.

How school placements work

You will be a valued member of the staff team in all of your three school placements, and be encouraged to integrate fully into school life.

When not on assessed placement, your time will be spent in a mixture of school experience days (3 days/week) at your local ‘home school’ and training days (2 days/week).

Each term, you will have an assessed placement period, where you remain in your home school, but work all 5 days a week class, for a period of 1-2 months, depending on the term.

Over the year, you will take on an increasing percentage of the teaching time. Beginning from teaching small groups and then your first lesson, this will build to teaching the majority of the class timetable by the end of the academic year.

Your school Mentor will be there to support you every step of the way, through weekly meetings about your progress and informal check-ins, they will work with your hub’s Lead Mentor to ensure that you are learning at your own pace and gradually building your confidence.

You will be placed in your first school from September to December, where you will initially work 3 days a week (2 days will be for training) and then move into the full placement period, where you spend every day in school, for four weeks from the end of October.

Over the year, you’ll spend time in a minimum of two different schools, gaining experience in KS1 and KS2 (across ages 5-11), building positive relationships with staff and pupils.

You will be in the same school for both your classroom experience days and your placement periods and will move to a different school after Christmas, in a new Key Stage.

This new school and year group will be chosen for you based on what will best suit your development journey and will reflect what we have learned about you - your passions, skills and development needs, from the autumn placement. We will always match your placements to you so that you can maximise your learning experience.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £10,500

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

Most students choose to take out a student loan. If you are taking a student loan the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the University of Cumbria. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments.

To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to student’s university and personal email accounts.



A UK Bachelors degree or recognised equivalent qualification.

GCSE grades A-C (grade 4 or above) in English language, mathematics and science (or equivalent).

  • Evidence of experience working with children is desirable, but not essential .

Personal qualities

We have the highest standards for our initial teacher training courses and expect our trainees to demonstrate their commitment to the course from their interview, through to graduation.

We seek applications from candidates who: . Are passionate about educating children to increase their life chances and opportunities . Are good listeners who enjoy working collaboratively . Understand how to learn from their mistakes . Are ambitious and resilient in their drive to succeed . Take pride in their unique vocation . Demonstrate a strong work ethic and professionalism

Other requirements

An Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will be carried out on all successful applicants before starting the course.

School experience is not essential to apply for one of our courses; however, at interview we are looking for evidence of your potential to teach, through your knowledge, skills and passion, as well as the delivery of your mini-teach.

If you would like to prepare thoroughly, we would encourage you to call our course contacts to arrange getting classroom experience in one of our alliance schools, or take a look at the Get into Teaching website for more information.

About the training provider

Become a qualified primary school teacher through School Direct with Teach North West; learning first-hand in the classroom, from day one.

Train to teach in your local school, meet new friends and build your professional network, whilst making a difference to local children.

With Teach North West, our School Direct PGCE QTS programme offers graduates the opportunity to train and build relationships in schools local to home. School-based from September, you will gain valuable practical experience from the start in your location hub, choosing from: Teach Bolton, Teach Merseyside or Teach East Manchester.

The Outstanding SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School, Bolton is the lead school in the successful Teach Bolton Primary Alliance, Knowsley Lane Primary leads Teach Merseyside and St James CE Primary is our lead school at Teach East Manchester.

We have been involved in School Direct teacher training with the University of Cumbria from its very first year and we are proud to celebrate a 100% employment record for students completing our programme. For us, this is what School Direct is all about.

Our personalised programme supports you to: Feel NQT ready Become a confident class teacher, with experience in both KS1 and KS2 Identify future leadership and career goals Build your professional network

Teaching is a career, not a course. We look beyond course completion and pride ourselves on offering a tailored and nurturing experience for all trainees.

Join us for your teaching journey to help transform children’s lives.

About the accredited body

The University of Cumbria is one of the country’s leading and biggest providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships. They are currently working with 27 school partnerships nationwide, providing hundreds of teacher training places.

The success of their PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school-based learning.

96% of Cumbria’s graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020)

With the practitioner and academic expertise of the university and school staff at your disposal, you can become an outstanding, critically reflective teacher.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive course and work with all potential trainees to give you the access you need at interview and throughout the course, in order to reach your potential.

All trainees undergo an occupational health assessment upon accepting their place, which will help us to guide the support offered throughout your time with us.

Through our accrediting body, the University of Cumbria, our trainees have the right to access their Student and Staff Support Services.

The Service is responsible for libraries, information advice and guidance, careers guidance and employability, learning enhancement, academic skills development, student psychological well-being, disability services and student development.

The Service can also advise students regarding finance worries and hardship funds and can provide advice on student facing policies such as complaints procedures and the Student Progress Review process.

Trainees can access university support and facilities easily and quickly via https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Health-and-Wellbeing/

Contact details

SS Simon and Jude CE Primary School
Newport Road
Greater Manchester


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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Teach North West @ Teach Bolton Hub
SS Simon and Jude CE Primary, Newport Road, Great Lever, Bolton, Greater Manchester , BL3 2DT
Yes -
Teach North West @ Teach East Manchester Hub
St James CE Primary School, Stelling Street, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8LW
Yes B
Teach North West @ Teach Merseyside Hub
Knowsley Lane Primary, Huyton, Knowsley , Merseyside, L34 4AH
Yes A

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