Teach Bolton, 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Teach Bolton is the true essence of School Direct. On an average week, you’ll spend three days in your placement school and two days in taught sessions, delivered locally. The University lecturers come to us. Specialist subject teachers from local schools in our partnership share their expertise with you.

On assessment weeks, you’ll spend Monday to Friday in your placement school applying your skills and knowledge.

You’ll spend time in a minimum of two placement schools, gaining experience in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and building positive relationships with staff and pupils.

Our course mentors will support you along the way. This is your programme and we care for your progress.

Interview process

A typical interview will include a mini teach to a group of children, a group speaking and listening assessment, and an individual ‘getting to know you’ interview with course leaders. We want to ensure we are the right fit for you.

How school placements work

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

Your first placement will run September to December.

After Christmas you’ll move to your new placement in a different key stage, where you are likely to stay until Summer.

You second placement will reflect what we have learned about you, your passions, skills and development needs from the Autumn placement. We match the placement to you.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

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

Paying your fees Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won’t have to do a thing - 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. 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 students university and personal email accounts.



Honours Degree GCSE English, Maths and Science minimum grade C

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with a passion to teach and a desire to be the best they can be.

About the training provider

Become a qualified primary school teacher with Teach Bolton and School Direct; learn on the job, from day one.

We look beyond course completion and prise ourselves on providing a tailored and nurturing experience for all trainees. Join us for your teaching journey to help transform children’s lives.

Train to teach in your local school. Meet new friends and make a difference to local children.

With Teach Bolton, our School Direct PGCE QTS initial teacher training programme offers graduates the opportunity to train locally. School-based, you will gain valuable practical experience from Day One.

SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School, Bolton is the lead school in the successful Teach Bolton Primary Partnership. We have been involved in School Direct school-based 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 School Direct Programme. For us, this is what School Direct is all about.

Our personalised programme supports you to

become a confident teacher be NQT ready identify leadership and career goals Teaching is a career, not a course. We support you beyond completion. And we begin at Day One.

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 in primary and secondary schools.

99.6% of our graduates are in work or further training within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).

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 will work with all potential trainees to give them the correct access they need at interview and throughout the course to reach their potential.

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 wellbeing, 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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