Bosco Sussex Primary with Mathematics (3BPN)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
University of Sussex
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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About the course

The Sussex Schools Partnership Primary PGCE course is a 1 year fulltime programme awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits which allows and progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers. The PGCE course enables you to develop your own philosophy of learning with an investigative, hands-on approach in which the children you teach are engaged through exploration and discovery. We encourage, challenge and support trainees helping to become effective, reflective teachers whose classroom practice puts children at the centre of a creative and engaging learning process. The Sussex approach fully integrates education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching and develop a subject specialism. Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course. We have developed strong partnerships with primary schools who share our philosophy of a creative and reflective approach starting with the individual child and the environment. Teachers in these schools are key members of our training team and lead on many areas of this course. The Sussex Primary course is unique in offering a very long first school placement of six months allowing you to really get to know your school and fully understand pupil progression. Your schools are carefully selected for you by the Primary Tutor team. The shorter second placement builds on this by applying your skills and knowledge in another setting. You will also have opportunities to explore transition with time in key Stage 3 and Foundation Stage. The course begins in September with a stimulating full-time three week induction course on our campus to prepare you for starting your school placement. Once in school you will then spend Monday to Thursday each week training in school. On Fridays you will attend the University Campus for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced primary tutors.

School placements

You will have a ‘home’ and ‘away’ school placements over the course of the year. You will usually start in your home school in September at the beginning of term and then go on two weeks induction at the university. After this you will be on first placement at your home school. Your average week will be 4 days at school and 1 day (a Friday) at the university. This first placement phase lasts until Easter. After Easter, you will go to your ‘away’ school. This will offer some kind of contrast to your first placement school to support your meeting the Teacher Standards. This short placement will come to at the end of May. We feel this sense of a home school supports developed professional relationships with colleagues and students anchoring your practice and development as a teacher.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site Primary
Elm Grove South, Barnham, West Sussex, PO22 0EN
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School
Hare Lane, Langley Green, Crawley, WEST SUSSEX, RH11 7PZ
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Hazelgrove Rd, Haywards Heath, WEST SUSSEX, RH16 3PQ
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Glamis Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1DJ
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Worthing
Cobden Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 4BD
St Richard’s Catholic Primary School, Chichester
Cawley Road, Chichester, West Sussx, PO19 1XB
St Robert Southwell Catholic Primary School
Lambs Farm Rd,, Horsham, WEST SUSSEX, RH12 4LP
St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School
School Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9RJ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Candidates will need to be able to source and pay for their own equivalency test. We accept online tests offered by Birmingham City University, A Star, and Equivalency We strongly advise those in need of an equivalency test to make arrangements to study for and book a test as soon as you accept your place on the course. Some candidates need to take their test more than once to secure a pass and we are not able to admit trainees onto the PGCE course in September without passes in all three subjects.

Personal qualities

At Sussex we are looking for;

  • A passion for working with young children
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of Primary education, and a sound awareness of current issues in English Primary schools
  • Effective communication skills and good organisational ability
  • Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals * Enthusiasm, energy and creativity
  • The ability to evaluate practice and to address your weaknesses
  • Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • A sense of responsibility * The ability to work in a team.

Other requirements

We also require the following

  • Working with children: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide through its disclosure service. All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an initial teacher-training programme.
  • Health requirements: All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Bosco Sussex (formally Inspire and Bosco) have strong links to a range of different schools in the Sussex region. We are committed to providing an environment for teachers to thrive whether they are at the start of their training year or whether they aspire to be headteachers.

Our partnership of schools is not geographically rooted in one area of Sussex. The lead school for Bosco is St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham but our partnership is made up of faith schools, state comprehensives, primary and secondary schools, a special school and also independent schools. We are geographically spread from Brighton to Chichester and Crawley to Worthing. We believe we have a responsibility to make teaching an enriching, fulfilling and manageable career.

About the accredited body

The University of Sussex Schools’ Partnership offers high quality professional and academic School Direct teacher Education courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Schools and the university work together at every stage of the selection, training and assessment of our beginner teachers. We aim to develop ‘thinking’ teachers with an over-riding desire to make a difference to the lives of young people. As a research intensive university, we believe teachers benefit from critical engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and continuing professional development as well as excellent practical classroom skills.

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a Sussex selection event either face to face or online via Zoom. Following a successful interview schools will then invite the candidate for a school interview.

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

We aim to support all prospective teachers to ensure that our teaching workforce reflects the communities we serve.

Contact this training provider

Elm Grove South
St Philip Howard Catholic School
West Sussex
PO22 0EN

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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