Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Joseph Teaching School 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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. HEART TSA 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

HEART Teaching School 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 (between 4 and 9 weeks depending on the placement block).

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

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 HEART is looking for.


The interview will take place at HEART TSA 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 HEART TSA 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.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £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

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: Bursaries, scholarships and financial support for 2020/21 will be announced soon.



To qualify, training providers usually prefer you to have: a degree, or relevant vocational or technical qualification grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths GCSEs (or equivalent) You’ll need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate if you are teaching students under 18. Three GCSEs at minimum grade C/4 or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance.

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.

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 established Teaching School, with many of our staff working 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

Sacred Heart is an outstanding school where every child is unique and all children make excellent progress. We are experienced in delivering high quality school-led initial teacher training (ITT), HEART have been leading school direct PGCE provision, in partnership with University of Cumbria, since September 2014. Alliance Partners BoSCEP group of schools - Walmsley CE Primary School - St Andrew’s CE Primary School - St Charles RC Primary School - Lowton St Mary’s CE Primary School - St Mary’s RC Primary School - PGCE/Schools Direct courses . For more information please visit (

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 details

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


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