Wessex Teach Primary (Q456)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career that requires individuals to demonstrate initiative, creativity and resilience. Our passion is to provide you with a school-based experience that immerses you in the theory and practice of teaching.

The course prepares you to teach across the 5-11 age ranges and is structured around 5 strands of the core curriculum framework:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Professional Behaviours

You will spend 4 days per week in your main school (formative placement), with Fridays each week spent training at the Wessex MAT offices based in Poundbury, Dorchester. There are also several days throughout the year spent at the Winchester University campus working alongside trainees from other schools across the region. You will complete a 6-week placement at another school in the first half of the spring term. You will work alongside a subject mentor in your main school as well as your placement school - they will provide support on a daily basis, as well as regular formative feedback through observations, weekly mentor meetings and informal conversations with colleagues at your school. You will be assigned a University tutor who will generally visit you in school once a term as well as providing additional support in completion of the three assignments that you will submit as part of the full PGCE course. The three assignments are assessed through a group presentation and two written assignments exploring the topics of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), behaviour management and assessment, and marking and feedback. These projects are spaced throughout the course with regular training sessions to develop your written and research skills, collaborate with others, and build your understanding of these key teaching areas.

School placements

You will spend much of the year at your home school, with one placement of 6 weeks from January-February. We can be very flexible regarding placement schools and will try hard to meet your needs regarding distance to travel.

Ideally your placement school will be ‘contrasting’ to your home school - for example a first school (reception to year 4) compared to a primary school (reception to year 6)


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Damers first school
Damers First School, Liscombe Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3DF
Frome Valley Church of England VA First School
School Drive, Crossways, Dorset, DT2 8WR
Puddletown Church of England First School
Dorchester Road, Puddletown, Dorset, DT2 8FZ

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.

Personal qualities

We look for evidence of a real passion and commitment to the teaching profession, as well an understanding of the professional requirements.

Prior experience in a school is not required, however it is invaluable in providing an insight into the profession.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Wessex Teach ITT partnership is designed and led by outstanding school practitioners, giving our trainee teachers practical training, support and advice, combined with classroom experience in a range of schools.

As a training provider we are committed to the following:

  • Ensuring a comprehensive network of support for trainees – we recognise the challenges that our trainees face and we place great emphasis on support provided both within and outside of the classroom.

  • Offering high quality training and development sessions – our weekly training sessions are delivered by expert practitioners across a wide range of topics. We also run regular reflective sessions whereby trainees can share their experiences in a coaching environment.

  • Ensuring a rich experience for trainees across the age range with partner schools – we work closely with a large number of local schools across all phases in both mainstream and special schools.

  • Developing a culture of reflection and continuous development for sustained learning beyond the first year – our trainees benefit hugely from the wide range of CPD opportunities available to all staff, and they are very well prepared for their ECT induction.

Interview process

If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day consists of an interview and a number of tasks aimed at allowing you to show your potential - further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date.

The interview will take place in a school setting, and will include the member of staff with responsibility for initial teacher training, as well as a representative from Wessex MAT.

You will be required to complete a straightforward maths and literacy task - further details will be provided prior to the day.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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 able to provide extensive individual support to candidates with disabilities and other needs. As a relatively small training provider we pride ourselves on the quality of our provision which really is geared towards individual needs. Examples of support on offer include:

  • Specialist software to assist trainees with specific learning difficulties/conditions
  • Fully accessible school sites for those with physical disabilities
  • Access to a range of counselling services to support trainees with mental health conditions
  • One-to-one support outside of subject areas to support trainees experiencing emotional/social difficulties

Contact this training provider

Thomas Hardye School
Queen's Avenue

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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