Ringwood School Teaching Alliance Primary (3BZY)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Both training and salaried routes will benefit from:

  • QTS and PGCE with the opportunity to gain 60 credits towards a Masters degree
  • a school based experience in your main host school
  • a second placement school experience in a diverse setting
  • curriculum mentoring from a subject specialist in your host school and a University tutor
  • University subject days and quality assurance
  • University and in-school training days
  • familiarisation sessions

The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.

You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an opportunity to gain 60 credits towards a Masters’ degree.

School placements

Currently, Ringwood School Alliance works with primary schools in Bournemouth and is located on the boarder of Hampshire and Dorset within a 15 mile radius of all Primary alliance schools.

Candidates need only apply to one of our Primary schools via UCAS using the appropriate Course and Campus code, but can request to be considered by other primary schools in the Alliance depending on availability of remaining places. Upon consideration of applications, interested schools attend interview at one venue. Following a successful interview IF more than one school wish to offer a place, candidates have the final decision on their chosen school, subject to having made an experience visit to all interested schools.

Trainees commence their one year ‘main’ placement in September at the beginning of the Autumn Term and are in the classroom from the start. A second placement of 6 weeks in a different Primary school within the Alliance takes place from January to February half term.

Trainees are based in their main school 4 days per week, teaching a percentage of the timetable and being observed in lessons (on average around once a week). Fridays are set aside for Professional theme training either at the University of Winchester or in an Alliance school. Each trainee is allocated a subject mentor and time is allocated for weekly meetings. A tutor, in the appropriate subject field, is also assigned by the University of Winchester.

The trainee is required to complete a 2nd placement Review Statement to take back to their main school.

Interview process

As Lead in our Alliance, Ringwood School will co-ordinate the recruitment process. This will include planning and delivering a short teaching episode, presenting to a panel on an area of teaching and learning, followed by a formal interview exploring your subject knowledge with key leaders and a representative from The University of Winchester.

Applicants for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses are longer required to complete Skills Tests for Numeracy and English. It is the responsibility of the ITE provider to ensure that all trainee teachers have acquired and demonstrate an appropriate proficiency in English and Mathematics before they can be awarded Qualified Teacher Status at the end of their course.

Therefore, the interview process will include fundamental skills tests in English and Mathematics in the form of a reflective written task to assess your written English and a Maths audit.

Candidates will attend one interview and the venue will normally be Ringwood School (except for Primary where interviews will be held in a relevant primary setting).

Where possible, a pre-visit will support the selection process and is encouraged by all partnership schools. Where a placement is at another school, staff from that school will attend interview. We would recommend that following your notification of interview you make contact with the host (main) school so that a visit can be arranged prior to your interview date.

It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available across our partnership of schools.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,800

Tuition fees for September 2021 entry are £9,250 for UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students. However the tuition fee for EU students (excl. UK & ROI) is yet to be confirmed for 2021 entry.

Please contact; studentsandmoney@winchester.ac.uk for confirmation of the EU fee

For further information about funding please go to: (https://beta-getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/)

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.



The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at grade 4 (C) or above. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability. (https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/)

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainees who are enthusiastic about teaching and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities. We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.

About the training provider

The Ringwood School Teaching Alliance has been successfully working with trainee teachers for many years. As a phase one National Teaching School we have been working specifically with School Direct trainees since September 2012 and are pleased to boast a very high success rate for recruiting trainees within our alliance of schools following their training year. Our retention rate is also very high showing that we attract the right people for the right routes in the right schools.

Though our partnership with the University of Winchester, we are committed to providing high quality teacher training opportunities across the region, working with lead professionals in high performing schools to support and develop teachers of the future. We are ALL passionate about supporting people to make the next step to join the teaching profession and we look forward to working with you.

We can offer a diverse range of school placements including special schools, selective schools and single sex schools. We are able to provide access to professional development beyond teacher training to include peer-to-peer learning, identifying and nurturing leadership potential for the future and supporting your career development through our network of excellent school partners. (https://www.ringwood.hants.sch.uk/teaching-school/)

About the accredited body

The University of Winchester is recognised by OFSTED as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and develop the confidence you need to be an outstanding teacher and make a real difference in the world. We can offer you a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires. (https://winchester.ac.uk/)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies.

We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.

Contact details

Parsonage Barn Lane
BH24 1SE


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Malmesbury Park Primary School
Lowther Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8LU
Yes M
Moordown St John’s CE Primary School
Vicarage Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2SA
Yes 7

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