Innovation Teacher Training Primary (Special Educational Needs) (266P)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chichester
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This is a full time course, starting in September and finishing in July. You will be placed in a School for children with Special Educational Needs for the first term, the second term is in a Mainstream primary School and the third term back in the Special School.
There are five weeks at the University of Chichester, (three weeks in the first term and two weeks in the second term). In addition there is alliance training which is usually one day a week. Teaching load builds up over the course and in the final half term the work load is similar to a Newly Qualified Teacher. Assessment is on-going throughout the year. In addition there are three essays to complete, one in each term

School placements

School placements are organised by Innovation Teacher Training (The Ridgeway School), we try to place students as close to their home location as possible.
Term 1 is in a Special school, Term 2 is in a mainstream primary school. Term 3 is back in the same special school as Term 1.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 science.

The University of Chichester will be able to give details about the acceptable equivalency tests

Personal qualities

Experience of working with children is an advantage. Flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm for the profession

Other requirements

Enhanced DBS checks will be undertaken.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

If applicable, finance may be organised through the Student Loans Company.

About the training provider

The School Direct Programme means applicants are based in school for their training year. We find appropriate placements for you. The first and third term are in a Special School, the second term is in a mainstream primary school. Trainees have a mentor in both placements.

There are 5 weeks at the University of Chichester (3 weeks in the Autumn term and 2 weeks in the Spring term) for Professional studies. Trainees are required to complete three essays throughout the year. There is additional training 1 day a week for the first two and a half terms.

On successful completion of the course trainees are awarded a PGCE with QTS that enables them to teach in a Mainstream Primary School or a Special School.

To date, all trainees who have completed our training have jobs as an ECT. (Early Career Teacher)

Interview process

The interview will consist of a short activity in a class of mixed ability primary children. Followed by a written task. Finally there will be an interview. On the panel there is likely to be the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and a representative from the University of Chichester.

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 are an inclusive provider and will be guided by you as to how we can support specific needs.

Contact this training provider

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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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