Catholic Teaching Alliance (North)
Business Studies (3CV6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
Financial support
Bursary or 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

Still recruiting! Whilst we appreciate we are living in unprecedented times, we need new teachers more than ever.

Recruitment to the Catholic Teaching Alliance for September 2020 is ongoing. We are ‘Open for Business’ and are recruiting as normal.

This course is only available at secondary with post 16 (14-19) level, training location ‘Cardinal Newman College’ (code 4).

When you train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance you will gain a PGCE with QTS. Our programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. Alongside school based training, you will also undertake two 30-credit masters level modules, to gain a PGCE. These modules are taught by the University of Cumbria lecturers, who work closely with our school direct programme team, to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.

As a summary, your PGCE course will include

  • 2 separate placements
  • 12 Pedagogy for Learning (PfL) days when you will learn about teaching your subject. These will take place at Cardinal Newman College, spread throughout the year.
  • Additional training days delivered throughout the course delivered by experienced professionals, the majority of whom are outstanding practitioners in our alliance schools and colleges.
  • Two modules connected to the PGCE that are assessed by the submission of four written assignments, spread throughout the year, on teaching and learning in your subject and wider educational issues.

Training days, other than PfL days, will be delivered at either of the two main campuses in Preston or at alliance providers in the area.

Interview process

On the interview day we are looking for a passion for your subject, a positive rapport with pupils and your potential to be outstanding in the classroom.

The key parts of the interview day are:

  • A twenty-minute mini -teach. We will let you know the topic beforehand and you will teach a small group of pupils.
  • Written tasks. The first is based upon the importance of managing behaviour; you will have chance to prepare this in advance. The other is a subject knowledge audit, i.e., questions on your chosen subject area.
  • Face to face interview with staff from the Catholic Teaching Alliance.

How school placements work

  • On secondary with post 16 (14-19) courses you will have two contrasting placements, one in a secondary school and one in post 16 provider (sixth form). At least one placement will be in a Catholic establishment.

Placement 1 (September to December) Initial Experience Phase: Monday - Thursday. Three weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 7 hours per week.

Placement 2 (January to June) Sustained Enactment Phase: Monday - Friday. Two weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 12 hours per week.

Throughout your placements you will have the support and guidance of trained mentors at your placement provider and other alliance colleagues, to meet the standards for QTS.


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

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



Minimum requirements -

  • Degree (Class 2.2 or higher)
  • English and Mathematics at GCSE level at Grade ‘C’ or above, or equivalent.

In addition,

  • Desirable - your degree is in the subject you wish to teach
  • Desirable - that you have an A level, at least grade C, in that subject.

Personal qualities

Passion, professionalism and purpose.

We are looking for people who have an ability to inspire others, a passion to transform young lives and a willingness to learn the profession of teaching from outstanding practitioners.

Inspire others, transform lives, teach.

Other requirements

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.

We strongly recommend that you obtain some school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school or sixth form college observing in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

About the training provider

‘Aspirational training to achieve inspirational teachers with pupils’ learning and well-being at the heart of our partnership’

Our unique approach to fostering a positive environment where each trainee is known to us as an individual remains one of our greatest strengths and one of the main reasons prospective trainees choose us. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is underpinned by a shared passion to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and dedicated professionals. We aim to deliver the Catholic school leaders of tomorrow. You do not have to be a Catholic to train with us, though you will be expected to uphold the Catholic values of our family of schools. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is a partnership of over 60 primary, secondary and post 16 establishments based mainly in the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford. The lead school is Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, ‘Outstanding’ in all categories from Ofsted in 2012 and a National Teaching School from 2014. School Direct placements across the partnership ensure that trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners within high performing Catholic schools. We use the best qualified staff with existing expertise to deliver a quality assured training programme to support trainees based upon the Teachers’ Standards. By doing so, we are confident in ensuring quality training at all levels. Typically, 100% of our trainees graduate with Good or Outstanding grades.

We can offer support and guidance with your application at our frequent ‘Drop - in’ information sessions.

About the accredited body

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) in Secondary and General Primary Education Programme offers an opportunity to receive inspirational training. This full time course enables students to focus on their specialist area or subject whilst, at the same time, helping them to understand and participate in the wider aspects of school. As it is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, it entails work at Masters Level (level 7). This recognises the high levels achieved by students on this Programme and rewards this with Masters-level credits. ‘Pedagogy for Learning’ days are based at the Lancaster campus or at our training centre in Preston.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so is accessible at a distance. Library and Student Services (LiSS) at the University of Cumbria supports your learning, teaching and research needs by providing pro-active, academically focused services, innovative learning spaces and modern facilities. LiSS is responsible for libraries, information advice and guidance, careers guidance and employability, enhancement and information, academic skills development, student health and wellbeing, disability services and student development. For more details please refer to

Contact details

01772 326931
Catholic Teaching Alliance (North)
St Anthony's Drive


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