Bransgore Church of England Primary School
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Bransgore Primary School ITT programme 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 assignments and a presentation with written notes, 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.

They will receive the daily support of their school-based mentor whilst on placement, who is the teacher of the class in which they are based. Practical assessment is ongoing with weekly lesson observations leading to an end of placement report. Trainees will also collect a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how they meet the National ‘Teachers’ Standards’.

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 expert. Occasionally, training is also based in schools or other premises in the Hampshire and Dorset areas.

Interview process

Successful applicants are invited to attend a one-day Selection Process. Dates for Selection Days 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.

Assessments undertaken on the day are likely to include a brief teaching activity and some other practical and/or written tasks. Formal interviews of about 45 minutes are undertaken with the School Direct Lead and one of the Head teachers from the partnership of schools.

All Selection Day assessments are designed to help interviewers gain a realistic understanding of each candidate’s current level of capability across different disciplines so that these can (a) confirm suitability to begin training and (b) be used formatively as a needs analysis exercise for future development.

Bransgore School Direct 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 and passed the selection process.

How school placements work

On the School Direct Programme you will train across at least two school phases (KS1/ KS2) in at least two different schools, offering a range of different experiences to each trainee so that they are well prepared for the teaching profession.

You will spend two initial training weeks with all trainees based in Bransgore Primary School before being placed in your main school. The first term 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 other teachers, planning alongside 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 before returning to their host school for a final assessed school experience. 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 wide 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 course leader and school based mentor.

Bransgore Primary works with a partnership of 20 to 30 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.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Student loans are available which you are not required to pay back until you are earning above the repayment threshold amount. From April 2018, this amount is £25,000.

For applicants who reside outside a 20-mile radius of the Bransgore Learning Centre, a travel bursary may be available.



To train as a primary school teacher, you must have:

  • Achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C (level 4 or above under the revised grading system) or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science.

  • Achieved a degree with honours from United Kingdom higher education institution (or equivalent qualification). Candidates with qualifications gained outside the UK are required to prove that they are equivalent to UK qualifications. Please contact the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC)website regarding equivalent qualifications.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees that are;

  • well organised and committed to teaching as a long-term career.
  • dedicated people who can demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills and who can work effectively as part of a team.
  • have the ability to use their initiative and be resilient when working under pressure. -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.

About the training provider

Bransgore CE Primary School offers School Direct Initial Teacher Training, validated by the University of Winchester. 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. The course also offers the additional ongoing liaison with a ‘training buddy’ - a former trainee who can offer ongoing informal pastoral advice and guidance.

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 for about six weeks.

About the accredited body

In addition to classroom life, central training sessions are timetabled throughout the year, often on a Friday, during which trainees can learn alongside other trainees and reflect on their teaching experiences. Some training sessions are based in Bransgore’s bespoke ‘learning centre’ and some at the University of Winchester. Trainees also have access to the excellent range of resources available at the University to support their academic study.

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 details

Bransgore Primary, Ringwood Road
BH23 8JH


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Bransgore C of E Primary School Learning Centre 19F
Ringwood Road, Bransgore, Christchurch, BH23 8JH
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