MAITT (Merseyside Alliance Initial Teacher Training)
Primary (22BV)

PGDE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

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


About the course

The PGDE General Primary (5-11) course at MAITT is offered in collaboration with LJMU. It is taught by experienced and friendly staff who have been successful teachers and continue to maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at LJMU Education Building for University – based sessions, which begin with a Summer School during the last week of August 2021.

Our trainee teachers usually spend Monday at University and receive subject knowledge and professional study sessions on Friday at MAITT’s training centre. The other 3 days are based in school. As the programme progresses the amount of time spent in school increases, with up to 80% teaching commitment. Throughout the year students return to University for additional full training weeks, however, the majority of time (at least 120 days) is spent developing teaching skills in one of our partnership schools.

The Primary programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all primary curriculum subjects, so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident teacher of the 5-11 age range. In addition, lead lectures and seminars will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We want you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in schools.

In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors. LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.

The Postgraduate Diploma is assessed through 4 modules. The course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that this gold standard teacher training PGDE Award remains both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete two essays, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and deliver a case-study presentation.

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event at one of our partnership schools.

The selection process involves a 20 minute mini lesson to small group of children, a written literacy task and an individual interview with members of MAITT. Details to support preparation for the event are sent to successful applicants along with an invitation to attend. Our selection and interview procedure will also give applicants further information about our programme and provide an opportunity to meet our friendly staff team.

An applicant’s performance in each part of the selection process is assessed and a final decision is made, based on a judgement of performance across the day. Applicants are normally informed of decisions within 24 hours. Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • Relevant subject knowledge for Primary teaching and their interest in and enthusiasm for teaching the 5-11 age range
  • Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to children in a range of contexts
  • Commitment to supporting learners, including in areas of challenging social context
  • Enthusiasm, energy and resilience and ability to work with others in teams
  • Potential to work successfully at Master’s level.

Applicants are asked to bring evidence of GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science or evidence that they are in the process in completing them to interview , along with degree certificates if they have already graduated

How school placements work

Your school-based experience takes place in a Home School, supported by experienced, well-trained mentors. A long term placement in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and are a recognised and valued member of the school team. A liaison tutor from LJMU is assigned to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly to support both trainees and their mentors.

In addition to a Home School placement you will also undertake a 6 week alternative placement. You have the opportunity to develop your skills in a different Key Stage and contrasting setting. When required school experienced is further enhanced by visits to different schools to experience a range of contexts.

MAITT hold an annual matching day for our tuition trainees to meet Partnership Schools, this supports us in matching you with a placement school which allows you to thrive and develop your ability to be an outstanding and reflective practitioner. Matching day has proven to be very successful in placing our trainee teachers in their placements.

You are supported through a weekly review/feedback meeting with your mentor and regular support from your Liaison Tutor. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally. Relationships are very close and constructive.

We work with schools across a number of North West local authorities; these include a diverse range of settings. Our MAITT family of schools is committed to trainee teacher development and to the Partnership with the University. Mentor training and development events hosted both at MAITT/LJMU ensure our experienced mentors understand our expectations and are committed to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.

The programmes focuses on the 5-11 age range, however trainees also gain some experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. School experience is structured in Phases, this begins with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence. You will take on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

There are a range of ways in which you can arrange to pay your course fees, including in monthly instalments.

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.



You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
  • Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a passion for teaching the 5-11 age range and wish to share their passion with children. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to children and to their communities. At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK primary school is helpful prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants.

Other requirements

You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer. Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.

About the training provider

Established in 2012, MAITT has a 8 year proven track record of working in partnership Liverpool John Moores University (OFSTED Outstanding) to develop outstanding newly qualified teachers (NQT). We offer both a tuition (PGDE) and a salaried route (PGCE) into general primary teaching and a tuition general primary with PE (PGDE)

Trainees who complete the tuition route gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with QTS. This route includes 120 credits towards a Masters qualification.

In 2020, 100% of our tuition trainees (PGDE) trainees and our salary trainees (PGCE) successfully completed our programme.

We have strongly established partnerships with schools across Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton, which offer a diverse range of settings. Our experienced mentors are committed to developing highly skilled professionals.

MAITT is committed to high quality teacher training. Our training programme is enhanced by the use of experienced and outstanding current practitioners to deliver subject knowledge and professional study sessions in our bespoke, modern training centre. Trainees are well supported through our programme, including preparation for securing an NQT position.

At MAITT we are committed to ensuring both our children and trainees have a fantastic school experience. We hold an annual matching day for our tuition trainees to match them with a placement school which will allow them to thrive and develop their ability to be an outstanding and reflective practitioner.


About the accredited body

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training, working in close Partnership with over 300 committed, welcoming and diverse schools across the North West. Our 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best judgements on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training during your course. Our Graduate teacher employment rates are consistently above average for the sector.

Training with disabilities and other needs

LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer. The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you’ll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165. If you need an Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) which sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place, this will be put in place by an LJMU Disability Adviser once you have met to discuss your needs. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant academic and support staff. All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and within our Partner Schools. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.

Contact details

0151 539 0300
Merseyside Alliance ITT
Dingle Lane
L8 9UB


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