Apply now to get on a course starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year

Courses can fill up at any time, so you should apply as soon as you can.

If you’re applying for the first time since applications opened in October 2021, apply no later than 6pm on 6 September 2022.

If your application did not lead to a place and you’re applying again, apply no later than 6pm on 20 September 2022.

Sherborne Area Schools Trust Primary (36VC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bath Spa 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
WarningYou cannot apply for this course because it currently has no vacancies. To find courses with vacancies, change your search settings to ‘Only show courses with vacancies’.


Course summary

While you’re a Bath Spa teacher, you’ll explore models of teaching and the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities can impact children’s learning and well-being.

When you complete your initial teacher training, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

University-based training: We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands: English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.

School-based training: You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you’ll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.

This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.

You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching. The PGCE qualification requires you to sit three formal assessments across the year. In addition, you’re required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.

We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a training mentor, who is usually the class teacher.

School placements

We will work with you to ensure you are placed in schools that will best support your year of training. We will ask you to express an area of preference for your placements so that we can make sure this is part of our decision making process.

For an informal chat by phone or in person, please contact: Isabelle Rawlings, Teaching School Manager on 07741 578699, 01935 811066, or

The trainee will complete two placements. The first is between October and February. The second school placement runs from February until June in a complementary setting (i.e. with the opposite key stage to the first placement).

We work schools in and around South Somerset and North Dorset. Our schools range in size and we will endeavour to give you the chance to experience working in both large and small primary settings. You will also have the option to visit alternative and special provision as well.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We are looking at candidates who ideally already have a GCSE grade C or above equivalent in English, maths and science

Personal qualities

Well Organised. Resilient. Hard working. Patient. Creative. Good communicator. Passionate about working with young people.

Other requirements

DBS clearance. Satisfactory References. Eligibility to study in the UK. Proof of adequate knowledge of the phase in which you wish to teach.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Why train with us? It is quite simple: our provision is outstanding. You will train with Ofsted Outstanding Initial Teacher Education providers and schools. Across our partnership you will encounter exceptional learning environments and experienced staff; you will work with awesome young people as you hone your skills and learn to teach.

We are a well-established provider with long-standing relationships. You will be given the opportunity to not just work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but also to study for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). This additional qualification is worth 60 credits towards a Masters degree and is widely recognised across the world as a prestigious addition to being a qualified teacher.

You will have two mentors throughout your training, both based in your home school. You will also have the chance to explore a second school during a six-week placement in a different partnership school. We will also ensure you are part of our on-going professional development programme, designed especially to support our School Direct trainees.

One of our trainees explained that “Throughout the application process everyone I spoke to was very organised, well informed and honest. I was able to discuss my particular wants and wishes from my training; they have chosen my placement schools based on this, even allowing me to visit the school for a day to make sure both parties were happy. The larger programmes do not offer such a good service.”

Interview process

From your application, potential trainees will be selected for interview and will be informed in writing of their interview date.

During this process you will meet the Teaching School Manager, the Lead Practitioner for Primary Teacher Education and our leads for primary education from our Alliance schools.

The interview will include some or all of the following and may take place online, depending on current guidelines:

A teaching episode – potential trainees are asked to teach a short lesson (20-30 mins) either to other interviewees and the Selection Panel, or to a group of students. If the interview is online, candidates are asked to talk through a lesson plan, details given in advance of the interview. Formal interview – panel interview with members of the Selection Panel and if available a member of the appropriate HEI / ITE provider. Short written task - you will be asked to complete a short written task, the details of which are given on the interview day. Student panel – potential trainees will be interviewed by a panel of students.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Sherborne Area Schools Trust welcomes candidates and trainees and does not discriminate on the grounds of physical ability or mental health.

We support trainees with their specific learning needs to achieve their dream of becoming a teacher and will ensure appropriate support throughout the recruitment process and training year.

As an experienced provider of Initial Teacher Training, we are proud to have supported students with a variety of additional needs to become fantastic and successful teachers. We will aim to tailor our support to make sure that the course is both accessible and achievable.

We encourage all candidates/trainees with any disability, or additional needs to discuss this with the Sherborne Area Schools Trust. We would advise that you contact us on 01935 811066 or for a further discussion about the support we can offer.

Contact this training provider

01458 449418
The Gryphon School
Bristol Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.