Teach Heart Alliance Primary (2C23)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The success of this PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school-based learning. This learning process allows beginning teachers to develop their teaching skills and reflect on the impact they make on pupils, the school and the community. Teach Heart Alliance work with highly successful schools in Bolton, Wigan, Rochdale, Oldham, Manchester and Salford. Our mission at HEART is to enable beginning teachers to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 with creative teaching. We aim to provide an innovative, school-led programme whereby beginning teachers can learn from specialist tutors and expert practitioners at the cutting edge of developments in education.

With their professional training needs in mind our beginning teachers complete significant placements in three primary schools.

Beginning teachers are assigned a ‘Home School’ where they are based when not in lectures or on placement. The first half term blends time in school with a taught programme delivered by a team of outstanding practitioners. Beginning teachers use their ‘Home School’ to develop their practice whilst building up to a first teaching ‘Beginning Placement’ after the October half term. Beginning teachers move on to their second ‘Developing Placement’ school in the spring term and complete their final placement ‘Extending Placement’ in the summer term. During the year beginning teachers also complete a number of tasks that will support them in meeting the standards required for the award of QTS and will complete pieces of assessed work linked to their PGCE study.

Our beginning teachers have a wide range of opportunities to observe and learn from good and outstanding practitioners. Beginning teachers also undertake helpful ’broadening experience visits’ and ‘mini placements’ in secondary, nursery and special schools arranged by the partnership.

We feel that our programme is rigorous but successful in preparing beginning teachers for a career in teaching and to become outstanding teachers in their own right. Feedback from our successful cohorts has always been overwhelmingly positive.

School placements

Teach Heart Alliance programme, in partnership with the University of Cumbria and over 20 schools in Bolton, Wigan, Rochdale, Oldham, Preston, Manchester and Salford offers a PGCE with QTS and is aimed at producing Outstanding Teachers and Leaders of tomorrow. Our schools are selected on the basis of their commitment to supporting our future teaching profession.

Each beginning teacher will be expected to receive the following: 1 Home school placement - Beginning teachers are assigned a ‘home school’ where they are based when not in lectures or on placement. The first half term blends time in school with a taught programme delivered by a team of outstanding practitioners

Three placement blocks in differing schools and covering all primary phases.

All placements are planned on an individual basis with the requests of each candidate carefully considered.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Third party tests accepted.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants that are passionate about their subject with a real desire to inspire and improve the outcomes for all of our students. You will need to be:

  • Reflective and appreciative of the demands and rewards that a career in teaching offers.
  • Passionate and have excellent knowledge of your subject area.
  • Able to work as part of a team and maintain appropriate relationships.
  • Organised and have good time management skills.
  • Committed to being involved in the wider life of the school/extracurricular activities.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Anyone who applies for a place can also apply for financial support through the Student Loan Company. To find out more, visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance Bursaries, scholarships and financial support for 2020/21 will be announced soon.

About the training provider

Sacred Heart is a high achieving, aspirational, innovative and creative place for children to learn. This is because of our highly dedicated team who work in partnership with our families to ensure an up to date curriculum is offered, enhanced by our unique attributes. We are an outstanding school. Many of our staff work as System Leaders to promote the common good in education across our Alliance and beyond. Our Specialist Leader in Cultural Education leads our ITT provision, along with our National Leader of Education, focused on developing and promoting high standards and successful teaching and learning. Effective peer-peer staff coaching programme to ensure all our team ‘shine’. Outdoor learning & environmental areas to engage all learners and promote active and experiential learning opportunities across the curriculum. Excellent online communication tools and computing hub/maker space, promoting STEaM, cross-curricular collaboration and problem-solving.Established and successful networking with partners through a range of activities and partnerships.

This alliance promotes innovation and creativity, aiming for excellence in all we do. In addition to home school placements, you will have three main placements during the course of the year in varied and inspiring schools, providing experience in different environments and thereby allowing you to make an informed decision when applying for posts. The Alliance, whilst not offering or guaranteeing employment for any graduate, has agreed to look first at our own talented pool if a vacancy arises.

About the accredited body

The University of Cumbria is one of the country’s leading and biggest providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships.

The success of our PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school-based learning.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating.

Your training will be delivered by both University of Cumbria tutors and experienced teachers from Teach Heart Alliance. With the practitioner and academic expertise of the university and school staff at your disposal, you can become an outstanding, critically reflective teacher.

Interview process

What are we looking for? If you want to inspire life-long learners and are passionate to improve the outcomes for primary pupils you are what Teach Heart Alliance is looking for.

Teach Heart Alliance

The interview will take place at Teach Heart Alliance and will include:

  • 20 minute observed focus activity
  • An interview
  • Written task The aim of the interview is to get the very best from our candidates and is carried out in a fair and professional manner. You will be informed prior to your interview the content of the activity and the age group you will be teaching. Our Interview team will consist of Teach Heart Alliance school staff. The rigorous and thorough process is aimed at recruiting trainees of the highest calibre. We look forward to receiving your application to join this prestigious programme.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Sacred Heart is an all-inclusive school and welcomes applications from trainees with disabilities and other needs. We are an IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark) School 2017/18 Sacred Heart is a modern purpose built school with wheelchair access throughout the school premises.

Contact this training provider

01942 634683
Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School
Central Drive

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.

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