Bridging the Tamar Learning Alliance
Primary (2RWR)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
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

This course is run from Sir Robert Geffery’s School in Landrake (which is close to the Tamar Bridge and Plymouth). Sir Robert Geffery’s is an outstanding school that has had a high level of success in teacher training. Bridging the Tamar SLEs provide additional training throughout the year.

This course often suits people who are looking for a teaching qualification with the additional study for the PGCE. Marjons provide support for the PGCE and assignments need to be submitted regularly throughout the year.

Students will have the opportunity to also develop subject specialisms in the primary curriculum by working alongside our specialist delivery team.

As Bridging the Tamar is a small Teaching School, we pride ourselves in the ability to bespoke the training to meet the needs of our successful candidates.

Interview process

Interviews are arranged throughout the year when we invite candidates to spend a day at the school meeting the staff and pupils. During the day a lesson will be taught and a presentation made to the School Council. Representatives from the Governing Body and Marjons usually attend the formal interview process.

How school placements work

Depending upon where students live, the placements are allocated. If possible we ensure one placement is always at Sir Robert Geffery’s or our partner school, Ermington in Devon.

During the training, students work across the whole primary age range. Two practices will take place at the lead school and one other at a contrasting school. This is to improve the employability of students leaving the course.

Bespoke opportunities are arranged to meet individual needs or interests of our students in the cohort.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

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.



Second class degree or above GCSEs in English, Maths and Science Skills Tests

Personal qualities

We look for enthusiastic learners who thrive in a busy and exciting environment. Potential to become an inspirational practitioner who can motivate others.

Other requirements

Please record all qualifications on application.

Successful candidates will need to have an enhanced dbs check

About the training provider

Sir Robert Geffery’s School and Ermington School work together to provide high quality learning for their students. We suggest you look at both schools’ websites and we are happy to talk to you at any stage during the application process. Working together, we can support placements in Devon or Cornwall.

As a small teaching school we can bespoke the training to meet the needs of individual students.

Students work along outstanding practitioners at Ofsted rated outstanding schools where a broad balanced curriculum is maintained. Contrasting placements are available, so that you can complete your training with a CV that will help successful job applications. with experience to make your training successful. As well as training provided by Marjons we use our own Specialist Leaders in Education to run additional curriculum courses and we support the teaching application process.

Both Ermington and Sir Robert Geffery’s have been recognised in numerous ways over many years, holding Artsmark awards, Eco School awards, International Schools awards, Basic Skills Quality Mark and Sports awards. The extra curricular experiences offered enhance the creative curriculum delivered in both schools.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

The schools will work in partnership with students to meet their individual needs as required.

Contact details

School Road
PL12 5EA


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