Catholic Teaching Schools Alliance Primary (3BY4)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Primary Catholic Partnership SCITT
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
4 school terms
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Primary Catholic Partnership has provided teacher training for twenty years. It has a strong reputation for high quality training that enables trainees to enter the professional confidently, feeling thoroughly prepared and ready to enjoy a successful teaching career.

You will follow a school based course leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within a postgraduate teaching apprenticeship. You will be working with experienced teachers guided by a school mentor and a link tutor throughout, with robust quality assurance.

The course content is tailored to ensure the whole Primary subject spectrum is covered and to ensure the best possible training according to individual experience and development needs.

Support on a 1-1 basis will be provided through an in-school mentor, who you will work with daily, as well as a link tutor from PCP, encompassing the full backing of an organisation specialising in teacher training for two decades and with a strong track record of success. The PCP will provide bespoke training whilst the school will provide in-house training sessions delivered by experienced school staff.

Your study will be supported by visits from your PCP tutor to your placement school. You will also receive professional and personal development through training events at the PCP in Southampton for up to 20 days a year.

As well as spending five of your six half-terms in your main placement school, your experience will be complemented by a second placement in the Spring Term in a contrasting school and different Key Stage, providing more learning opportunities.

Being a smaller provider with a wealth of experience means we see you as individuals and support and nurture you accordingly throughout your year. We tailor our training to meet your requirements and to help you to be the best you can be in your training year.

You do not need to be Catholic to train with us. We welcome everyone.

School placements

As you will be the employee of a school, you will be based primarily at that school for your main placement.

Your second placement of approximately half a term will be in the Spring Term at a contrasting school in a different Key Stage from your main placement.

We have Hub schools based in Aldershot, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton and Reading where placement may be possible. We also work with schools outside of these areas and with whom your main placement school may already have an established relationship.

In any placement, it is always our aim to meet your personal and professional needs. The choice of so many schools across such a large geographic area enables us to achieve this by placing you carefully. As this is a Primary course, you will be teaching children from 5-11. You will experience teaching Key Stage 1 children who are aged 5-7 and Key Stage 2 children who are aged 7-11.

The six week placement at an alternative school will give you a view of how other schools run.

Interview process

Selection normally takes place at the PCP training centre on a single day. You will usually attend with other applicants.

The day will begin with an introduction from the PCP. You will be given the chance to ask questions about initial teacher training and the training routes offered by the partnership. Our aim will be to help you confirm that you are choosing the most suitable course. During the selection day, you will be asked to give a five minute presentation and be observed undertaking a short teaching task in a partnership school.

You will also take part in a personal interview with two members of the Partnership Board, one of whom is normally a head teacher. You will have the opportunity to ask individual questions and highlight any specific needs you may have.

Your entry qualifications will be checked during the day and there will be formative assessment tasks in English and Mathematics. These will enable us to assess your level of subject knowledge for teaching and begin your personal development plan. If you are accepted on to the course, we may offer you the opportunity to attend a free subject booster day run by one of our specialist tutors before you begin the programme.

After selection day, the PCP will be happy to provide feedback on your performance in specific areas of our tests.


Salary will vary based upon the school that you will be based at, but you will be on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale.

You do not need to pay for this course.

Financial support Financial support is not available for this course because it comes with a salary.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



An Honours Degree, ideally a 2.2 or above. You must have achieved a standard equivalent Grade 4 or Grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and a Science subject. If you do not meet the GCSE requirement, you can take an equivalency test. We recognise the tests offered by Equivalency Testing and you may be able to take them at our training centre.

Personal qualities

Applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, who are able to think and work independently and who would enjoy and benefit from training in a school.

Your personal qualities should include:

  • A high level of personal motivation to want to become an outstanding teacher;
  • Willingness to learn from experience and to receive and act on feedback;
  • An analytical mind to better understand and overcome challenges;
  • A creative and imaginative outlook to apply different ways of teaching ;
  • Good organisational skills;
  • A good understanding and liking of young people.

About the training provider

At the Catholic Teaching Schools Alliance we believe the best way to train to be a teacher is in the classroom supported, by a team of experts, trainers and mentors who will support you throughout your day to day experience.

We work with several Catholic and Non Catholic partner schools across the south east, in which students are able to train. Each area is supported by a main training hub as well as the overall support from the main teaching school (St Joseph’s Catholic Primary), to ensure students have access to a wealth of experience and tutelage from all over the south east of England.

Our hubs are based in Aldershot, Basingstoke,Bournemouth, Reading, Wokingham, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton

The CTSA has a number of training programs available for potential teachers at both Primary and Secondary levels suitable for both Catholic and non-Catholic applicants. Students will be based in one of the Alliance schools most conveniently placed. Our Alliance schools can be found throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Dorset.

We offer the following courses:

  • School Direct Primary Tuition Fee
  • School Direct Primary Salaried
  • School Direct Primary Tuition Fee with Maths
  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Primary
  • School Direct Secondary Maths Tuition Fee
  • School Direct Secondary Physics Tuition Fee
  • School Direct Secondary RE Tuition Fee

About the accredited body

The Primary Catholic Partnership has been a highly successful initial teacher training provider for twenty years offering programmes in the forms of PGCE, School Direct and Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships.

The PCP is rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED, having been so since 2005 and more recently 2019. OfSTED has commended the partnership for ‘the excellent quality of both the central and school-based training which provides an exceptionally effective balance of academic and practical experiences.’

The PCP has a strong local reputation. Our trainees are in demand and have an impressive record of securing teaching posts.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all candidates who wish to train to with us and as a Catholic organisation we believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment for all our students.

We operate in several locations throughout the south east and will endeavor to meet your needs when placing you in schools to train, as well as accommodating your professional goals.

You will be placed with a trained mentor who will work with and support you on a daily basis. As a small teaching school we can tailor your training experience to meet your specific personal needs, and we believe in treating each of our students as individuals.

We are committed to supporting our students and helping them to be successful in their chosen career.

Contact details

01252 350583
Bridge Road
GU11 3DD


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Choose a training location

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
St Bede’s Catholic Primary, Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9DX
Yes K
Corpus Christi, Catholic Primary School, St James Square, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2BX
Yes B
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Cookham Rd, , Maidenhead , SL6 7EG
Yes F
Main Site
Bridge Road, Aldershot, GU11 3DD
Yes -
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Sancreed Road, , Poole, , Dorset, , BH12 4DZ
Yes N
St Paul’s Primary School, Bourne Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, PO6 4JD
Yes P
St Paul’s Primary School, City Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 4SZ
Yes T
Springhill Catholic Primary, Milton Road, Southampton, SO15 2HX
Yes S
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Easthampstead Rd,, Wokingham, Berks, RG40 2EB
Yes M

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