Castleman Learning Network Primary (34Q3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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


About the course

Our course enables participants to develop their understanding and experience of teaching through a combination of classroom practice and research.

Participants are based in a local partner school from day one of the school year, spending approximately 4 days a week actively developing their skills in school.

Taught sessions are timetabled to compliment work in school and are supported by experienced colleagues. There are opportunities to work alongside a range of our partner schools. Our sessions are held at a variety of locations which provide opportunities for study as a well as hands-on experience in schools.

Participants are assessed through a combination of evidence gathering and assignments which provide opportunities to combine research, reflection, practice and planning for implementation.

School placements

We have partnerships with about 20 different schools across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

Our school placements begin from day 1 of the Autumn Term when trainees will join their first placement school for School Experience (SE) 1 where crucial foundations will be built. In the first term, trainees reflect on their experiences to date to build their teacher identity through the Developing Teacher module, exploring key areas such as reflective practice, behaviour for learning and professionalism. In the Learning Child module, trainees develop an understanding of the National Curriculum through engagement with the core and foundation subjects alongside learning theories and child development.

During the Spring Term, participants have the opportunity to learn alongside colleagues in their second school placement (SE2), which will focus on gaining understanding of their alternative Key Stage. The second phase enriches trainees’ knowledge and understanding of a developing teacher. Inclusive practice is firmly embedded through the development of subject specific pedagogies and further exploration into the breadth of the role. Trainees also undertaken an enhanced placement week which enriches their professional development through linking theory and practice.

In the Summer Term, trainees will return to their base placement school to complete their final classroom experience (SE3). The final term sees the trainees immersed in classroom practice, embedding the skills and knowledge to become an outstanding teacher. Engagement in Professional Development days enables trainees to consolidate their understanding of how to support pupil progress in the classroom.

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.

Equivalency tests are offered through the University of Worcester.

Other requirements

Satisfactory completion of DBS, Health Check and Prohibitive list checks.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

At Castleman Learning we are committed to engaging high quality, enthusiastic, motivated people in the teaching profession. We work in close partnership with The Learning Institute as well as a rich cross-section of local schools, to offer our successful primary teacher training. The breadth and strength of our partnerships allows us to bring together expertise from across our locality to provide the highest quality taught sessions and placements. Our 3 - 11 years School Direct programme is school-based and our partner schools welcome our trainees into their placements from the very beginning of the academic year. We believe that the best way to experience all aspects of school life is to learn alongside leading, experienced professionals. Trainees are supported by school-based mentors and our experienced visiting tutor team. School-based learning is supported by regular taught sessions to help develop teaching skills with greater depth and understanding. Our taught sessions are led by a variety of experienced, specialist school colleagues. At Castleman Learning Network, we pride ourselves in supporting our trainees as individuals and with an understanding that trainees come into teaching with a range of experiences and strengths. We are keen to enable bespoke learning opportunities that prepare out trainees for the career ahead of them.
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Interview process

For our interview process we work hand-in-hand with the Head Teachers from our partner schools.

The process will involve a combination of key elements such as: Interview, teaching episode, reflection and subject knowledge tasks.

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 a fully inclusive training organisation. At Castleman Learning Network trainees will have support from your academic tutors, visiting tutors and from a range of support services:

  • support for students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) e.g. dyslexia
  • support for students with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • support relating to mental health liaising with Course Representatives advice relating to maternity leave

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Contact this training provider

Broadstone Middle School
Dunyeats Road
BH18 8AE

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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