Bransgore Initial teacher Training (BITT) – School Direct Primary (3FRL)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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


About the course

Bransgore Initial Teacher Training (BITT) has a well established reputation and has trained over 100 teachers (formerly South Coast SCITT). Our Primary School Direct Programme is delivered over the course of an academic year and on completion of your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and you will undertake a PGCE from the University of Winchester.

We work with a strong group of partnership schools which has been praised by Ofsted and Winchester University for the high quality Initial Teacher Training delivered to students over many years. Training with us qualifies for you to teach children from 4-11 years. All students with us become students at The University of Winchester and have full access to University facilities and the opportunity to attend graduation at Winchester Cathedral upon successful completion of the PGCE.

Our partnership spans the areas of Hampshire, Dorset and Bournemouth. Many of our trainees find employment within the partnership and often go on to become school-based mentors or contributors to the taught course. A distinctive feature of our partnership schools is their commitment to providing high quality provision, reflected by nationally recognised awards and inspection reports. The schools serve diverse communities including rural and urban catchments.

People who undertake this course will learn about a wide range of facets of primary practice including planning, assessment and pupil progress, behaviour management, working with other professionals and parents and how to effectively teach all primary curriculum subjects.

Over the course of the whole year there are two written assignments and an additional presentation style assignment, each designed to embed understanding of core elements and to support trainees in linking educational research to the most current practice and tutors are always on hand to provide feedback and support.

You would receive the daily support of a school-based mentor whilst on placement, who is the teacher of the class in which you would be based. Practical assessment is ongoing with weekly lesson observations leading to an end of placement report. Trainees will complete a tracker to demonstrate that they have met the themes of the ITT Core content framework.

The majority of the central training is based at Bransgore Primary school, near Christchurch in our purpose built ‘learning centre’ or at the University of Winchester delivered by subject experts. Occasionally, training is also based in schools or other premises in the Hampshire and Dorset areas.

School placements

You will train across at least two school phases (KS1/ KS2) in two different schools, offering a range of different experiences to ensure that you are well prepared for the teaching profession.

You will spend two initial training weeks with all trainees based in Bransgore Primary School before beginning your first 10 week Formative placement in your main school. This provides an ideal opportunity to gather lots of experience without it being formally assessed. Your time teaching is balanced with time out of class which may include observing and planning alongside other teachers, planning individually, visiting other classes/schools and having time to work on University assignments and research.

After Christmas students partake in an assessed 6 week placement in a contrasting school/Key Stage before returning to their main school for a final assessed school experience lasting 10 weeks. Whilst our assessed placements are not in Early Years, a number of our students go onto be successful Early Years teachers. The school direct route is bespoke to individual needs.

In a typical week, you will spend four days in your ‘home’ school learning from outstanding and supportive teachers and leaders. Once a week you will attend a centre based session delivered by specialists from within our school partnership or at the University of Winchester. These training days cover a range of specific subject areas of study that will enable you to develop into a competent and confident Primary School Teacher by the end of the course. You will be supported along the way by a number of different colleagues and will be assigned a Bransgore Tutor, a University tutor and school based mentor.

Bransgore ITT works with a partnership of 10 to 20 schools based across Hampshire and Dorset. Placements are offered by partner schools annually which are then selected and matched to each trainee by the School Direct Lead. Decisions of where to place trainees are based on a number of factors including proximity to the trainee’s home, what kinds of support or challenge they may require from their mentor, their personal characteristics and their prior background and experience.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Christchurch Junior School
Clarendon Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AA
Fordingbridge Infant School
Pennys Lane, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1HJ
Highcliffe St Mark Primary School
Greenways, Highcliffe, Christchurch , Dorset, BH23 5AZ
Hordle CE (VA) Primary School
Hordle Lane , Hordle , Lymington , Hampshire , SO41 0FB
Main Site Bransgore C of E Primary School Learning Centre (19F)
Ringwood Road, Bransgore, Christchurch, BH23 8JH
Poulner Infant School
North Poulner Road , Ringwood , Hampshire , BH24 3LA
Ringwood C of E Infant School
School Lane, Ringwood , Hampshire, BH24 1LG
Somerford Primary School
Draper Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3AS
St Katharine’s C.E. (V.A.) Primary School
Rolls Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4NA
St Luke’s Church of England Primary School
Bemister Road , Winton , Bournemouth, Dorset , BH9 1LG
Trinity C of E V A First School
Coopers Lane , Verwood , Dorset, BH31 7PG
Twynham Primary School
Marsh Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2NH
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road , Winchester , Hampshire , SO22 4NR
Western Downland Church of England Aided Primary School
Damerham, Fordingbridge, Hampshire , SP6 3NA
William Gilpin Church of England VA Primary School
Pilley Hill, Boldre, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5QG

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.

Please see for further details on how to organise and take an equivalency test.

(Please note that a level 2 functional skills qualification in English, Maths and Science is not recognised as the equivalent to a grade C or above by the DFE for applications to teacher training courses).

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees that are;

  • well organised and committed to teaching as a long-term career.
  • have the ability to use their initiative and demonstrate high levels of resilience.
  • the ability to learn quickly.
  • dedicated people who can demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills and who can work effectively as part of a team. -passionate about making a difference and reflect and think deeply about their practice, actively seeking advice and guidance in order to be the very best they can be.

Other requirements

  • Successful interview
  • Provide proof of address and ID
  • Health Declaration check
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be done by the University of Winchester. See more info at
  • Although not compulsory, we believe that some recent school experience is extremely beneficial to those wanting to go into a career in teaching and many of our successful trainees have previously worked in roles such as teaching assistants or as a volunteer within school. We can help you to gain this at Bransgore prior to application if required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support from the training provider

Financial help, in the form of loans for both tuition fees and living costs, is available from the Student Loans Company.

For further information and how to apply, please visit []

  • Most students won’t have to pay anything up front. There are student loans to help with tuition fees and living costs.
  • Repayments are based on future earnings and not what you borrow and you only repay when you have completed your course and are earning more than £25,000. For example, in April 2018 the estimated repayment for someone earning £27,000 is only £15 per month.
  • You don’t need to have accepted a place with us to apply for student finance. You can usually apply on-line by May.

About the training provider

Bransgore Initial Teacher Training (BITT), validated by the University of Winchester offer this Primary School Direct route into teaching. Both the School and University are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and seek to offer trainees a high quality training route based on a personalised approach.

For trainees, the majority of the training year is spent in the classroom, learning from the expertise offered by a class teacher / mentor. Each trainee’s individual strengths and areas for development are assessed and addressed on an ongoing basis. We pride ourselves in a highly personalised approach to your training.

The Autumn and Summer terms are spent in a ‘main base school’, and in the Spring term trainees have the opportunity to work in a different school setting/ Key stage for about six weeks.

Interview process

We welcome applications via the new DFE APPLY website When writing your application, please do include any experience of working with children and why you would like to teach (please note that previous experience of working with children is not a requirement of the course). Successful applicants will be invited to attend interview during a selection morning. This may be via zoom depending on the current situation). As part of the morning, you will be involved in some short tasks and a group teach. Your interview will be with the Bransgore School Direct Lead and a representative from the University of Winchester. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. Dates for these are arranged on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year and full details of what to expect and how to prepare are sent in advance to each applicant so that they know exactly what to expect from the day.

Applicants should possess the minimum qualification requirements or be working towards them with a view to them being in place by the time that the course begins. Please make it clear on applications if you are working towards GCSE or degree qualifications and when results will be known.

Bransgore ITT prides itself on very clear lines of communication. On completion of the assessments, prompt feedback is always given to candidates as to whether or not they have been successful during the selection process.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Both the school and University work with an ethos committed to inclusion and meeting the needs of each individual in a bespoke manner. As such, the course welcomes all eligible participants, regardless of sex, age, disability, sexuality, colour, religion or nationality. We welcome applications from ethnic minority and other under-represented groups.

Contact this training provider

Bransgore Primary, Ringwood Road
BH23 8JH

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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