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St. James’s School Direct Partnership Physical Education (AP47)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope 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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

St James’s Teaching Partnership offers a comprehensive training package for all our trainees. We have experienced and fully trained subject mentors who are committed to developing the next generation of ‘Outstanding’ teachers.

Within our programme, trainees enjoy a blended programme which includes the following;

  • Trainees benefit from at least one hour per week of subject mentor input as well as at least one hour of weekly Professional Studies with the professional mentor.
  • Attending group training session with the cohort of trainees, receiving high quality practitioner-led training, peer support and joint practice development opportunities.
  • Trainees follow weekly themes which build up pedagogy and practice.
    Themes such as getting to know your school, how to write outstanding lesson plans, how to question pupils effectively to maximise learning and progress are to name but a few.
  • School-led professional learning where you would be able to take advantage of a range of professional development opportunities within your own school and schools within the Partnership.
  • Attending high quality training provided by other schools and the Teaching School throughout the year.
  • Completing the Liverpool Hope PGCE elements to the course delivered on site at the lead School.
  • Subject away days and Educational conferences at Liverpool Hope
  • Focussed support and mentoring, by the very best practitioner within their own school.
  • Trainees in secondary schools are attached to a form group and also gain PSHE experience from our trained PSHE mentors.
  • Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular clubs which allows them to make a wider contribution to the life and ethos of their school.

Throughout the year you will be very well supported. We are keen to see each individual trainee working to achieve the very best and enjoying success in their chosen career. We know professional development is a two way process. As such we will listen to you, work to identify your own development needs and support you in meeting your targets. Towards the end of the Programme of training, trainees will be fully supported to seek and obtain employment.

School placements

Each Partnership school has unique qualities and these are shared with the cohort whichever school trainees are based in for placements. With our Programme, trainees will start their journey into teaching by coming into school on the first day of term in September and immediately feel like part of the school.

Trainees can be placed in any two of the partnership schools, Placements are decided by the partnership. Trainees will be placed in schools where the department is strong and the subject mentor is excellent, to allow the best possible learning journey for the trainee, this is organised in the following way;

Our programme follows an AB model, during the year you will be attached to two schools (placement A) from Sept-Feb and carry out a contrasting placement in another Partnership school (placement B) from Feb-June. This is designed to enhance and extend your knowledge of different teaching contexts, and of how pupils respond in different environments. Our programme will include a small amount of time looking at primary education/post 16 education so that trainees understand the full education journey. For candidates who have a desire to specialise in Post 16 education we can offer a placement in a school with a Sixth Form.

Partnership Schools: Secondary:

  • St James’s CE High School (Lead School)
  • Little Lever High School
  • Sharples School
  • Bury CE High School
  • Canon Slade School
  • Bolton St Catherine’s Academy
  • Bolton Muslim Girls School
  • ESSA Academy
  • Smithills School
  • Westhougthon High School
  • St Joseph’s RC High School
  • Bolton Impact Trust (Alternative Provision) including: -Lever Park -Youth Challenge PRU -Personal Learning Centre -Park School Teaching Service


  • St Peter’s CE Farnworth Primary School (Lead Primary)
  • St James’s CE Primary School
  • Highfield Primary School
  • St John’s CE Primary School
  • Queensbridge Primary School
  • All Saints CE Primary School
  • Kearsley West Primary School
  • The Ferns Primary Academy
  • The Orchards Nursery School
  • Cherry Tree Primary School
  • Bishop Bridgeman CE Primary School
  • The Forward Centre (part of the Bolton Impact Trust)

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Preferably a 2:1 or above UK Honours degree (or international equivalent), which must support the National Curriculum subject knowledge requirements.

We will consider 2:2 for exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools/relevant occupations.

GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics (equivalency tests accepted from ITT Institutions, these can be pending at the time of application).

If you studied outside the UK you will need to provide the NARIC equivalencies of your academic qualifications (

Qualifications not accepted: Key Skills. Adult Numeracy and Literacy, OCR National Award.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high quality graduates and career changers who want to make a difference to children and young people, to embark on our Initial Teacher Training Programme. We are looking to recruit outstanding trainees who have real potential to teach with the following personal qualities;

  • Passion and knowledge in your subject area
  • Ability to work as part of a team and maintain appropriate relationships
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school/extracurricular activities

Other requirements

The PE course is highly competitive, therefore it is beneficial for applicants to also have the following;

  • Substantial experience working with children and young people in a sporting context.
  • Coaching qualifications

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The St James’s Teaching Partnership is focused on providing all pupils the opportunity to access high quality teaching and learning to help them reach their full potential. We want to be the inspiration that drives them to achieve their dreams. With this in mind we are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

‘Train, Teach, Lead’

Your Career in Education Starts with us:

Our School Direct programme is bespoke to each individual trainee and your teacher training journey. But it doesn’t end there. As a National Teaching School we track your career once you qualify and support you throughout your professional development for years after you gain QTS. We have a vast CPD programme which we encourage all trainees to access during your training year. Our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers, middle and senior leaders, should they wish to follow this career path.

Our partnership is made up of a wide variety of schools including both faith and non-faith schools. Currently there are 27 schools in our partnership and are all based in Bolton and Bury. Headteachers in the local areas are determined to attract outstanding practitioners into their schools and we work collaboratively to ensure our programme supports this. We are proud to have five OUTSTANDING schools within our partnership showing excellence really is at the forefront of what we do.

Interview process

Our interview day will be supported by staff from our Partnership schools and the day consists of the following tasks:

  • Group Task
  • Written task
  • Mini teach
  • Formal interview.

In the current climate our interview process may take place virtually and be a combination of some of the above. Candidates will be informed of the process if invited for interview.

We endeavour to inform applicants of the outcome of their interview on the same day.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability or special needs please contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools where access is high quality.

Contact this training provider

01204 333000
Lucas Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021