Pennine Lancashire Alliance Physical Education (296Y)

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The PGCE programme in your chosen subject will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the PGCE award. The PGCE carries 60 credits at Masters Level which could later contribute towards a Master’s Degree in Education (180 credits), awarded by the University of Cumbria. This is a full time programme which runs from September to July.

As a trainee on the School Direct Programme you will spend the majority of your time in school supported by experienced mentors and teachers who are excellent classroom practitioners. Weekly conference days will be led by experts from across the Alliance and there will be visits to the University of Cumbria (Lancaster campus) for assignment support and subject pedagogy days.

Trainees will undertake two placements in different schools within the alliance. There may also be opportunities to gain further experience in other partner schools and settings depending on individual training needs and areas of interest.

There are ten Secondary schools in the partnership, all located within a twenty mile radius:

  • Haslingden High School (lead school)
  • Alder Grange School
  • All Saints RC High School
  • Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School
  • Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
  • Mount Carmel RC High School
  • Rhyddings Business & Enterprise School
  • St Christopher’s CE High School
  • Unity College
  • Woodhey High School

School placements

Trainees will undertake two placements in different schools within the alliance. The first placement runs from September to December and the second from January to June.

There are ten Secondary schools in the partnership, all located within a twenty mile radius with a mixture of large, small, urban, rural, faith and grammar schools. You will be teaching in an 11-16 school and in some cases may experience an 11-18 school.

Placements are decided after consultation with our partner schools and consideration of the individual needs of the trainee. Trainees should consider the costs and be prepared to travel to any of our schools within the partnership.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for:-

  • High quality graduates who want to pursue their love of their subject and have a passion for wanting to work with young people
  • Energy, enthusiasm, initiative and resilience
  • Reflective practitioners, who understand the impact of their behaviours on others and who can model the best
  • Good communicators
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • People who can empathise, empower and inspire to help shape the future

Other requirements

You should have an understanding of current educational practice and have knowledge of your chosen subject. School experience is recommended and in certain circumstances, we can help to arrange time in school.

If you accept a formal offer of a place you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

In partnership with the University of Cumbria the Pennine Lancashire Alliance offers an exciting, school based approach to Initial Teacher Training.

As a trainee on the School Direct Programme you will be working alongside expert practitioners in secondary schools within East Lancashire, spending more of your time in the classroom than on a traditional PGCE. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team and be fully immersed in all aspects of school life from day one. You will be trained in a highly supportive environment and will be given the opportunity to develop the professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the challenge of teaching in the 21st century. As part of this you will benefit from the use of an iPad for the duration of the course and will learn how to use Apple technologies to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

Our Alliance consists of a diverse partnership of secondary schools led by Haslingden High, a large successful 11-18 school, with a mixture of other large, small, urban, rural, faith and grammar schools. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a broad and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences. Our schools have a successful track record in providing high quality teacher training and share a commitment to developing outstanding teachers of the future.

All our trainees have gone on to secure teaching posts following successful completion of the PGCE.

Interview process

Applicants will need to submit their application through “apply” via the DfE website and will be short-listed with reference to the entry requirements and if successful will be invited for interview. The interview process includes a written task, subject knowledge audit, a short teaching task and a panel interview. This panel may comprise of a university tutor in addition to staff from the partnership schools.

Before applying it is recommended that trainees spend some time observing lessons in a secondary school.

We will be looking to recruit high quality graduates who love their subject, are able to engage and inspire young people and who have the potential to become outstanding teachers.

Successful applicants will have energy, enthusiasm and should be able to demonstrate initiative, resilience and a real commitment to a career in the teaching profession.

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

Applicants with disabilities and any special needs should let us know on their application so they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools and adjustments can be made.

Contact this training provider

01706 215726

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).

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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