Blackburn Team Alliance Primary (29YV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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

We deliver a school based primary PGCE programme. All training received -both inside and outside of the classroom- is delivered face to face in order to develop high quality professional interaction and reflection between trainees, lecturers and class mentors which supports each trainee on their own personal journey to becoming a teacher.
Blackburn TEAM Alliance is committed to ensuring all trainees understand ‘Quality First’ approaches to teaching and learning and benefit from the highest standards in coaching and learning from theory and curriculum sessions into a real life classroom setting.
We have consistently excellent employment statistics as we train teachers who feel fully prepared to take on

This is a full time/full school year programme and a large amount of time is spent in the school environment. The trainee will work alongside an allocated personal mentor for their training year. This is the class teacher of the class they are allocated. The mentor is trained and skilled to support in the observation of, reflection upon and development of knowledge and practice as the year progresses.

This is a PGCE route rather than QTS only. Therefore the course includes theory work at Masters level (Level 7) and in recognition of the high levels achieved by students on this program, they are rewarded with 60 Masters level credits.

The course consists of the following modules:

  • Building Professional Understanding
  • Enhancing Professional Practice
  • Being a Teacher
  • Developing Curriculum Knowledge
  • Learning Teaching and Subject Knowledge Pedagogy
  • The Teaching of Reading.

Placement Based Learning includes 3 assessed teaching placements throughout the year where a trainee is supported in working towards meeting the ‘Teacher Standards’ by the end of the training year.

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School placements

We currently have around 20 Blackburn with Darwen schools in our partnership. You will be allocated a main host school from September where you will spend every Monday and Tuesday, observing excellent classroom practice. Your class teacher will be a fully trained mentor who will guide you through the year of training ensuring that it is tailored to your needs and experience. All mentors are kept up to date with developments in coaching and mentors trainees. Wednesdays and Fridays will be spent studying National Curriculum subjects and what constitutes ‘Quality First’ teaching with areas of focus such as metacognition in children’s learning, how children learn, behaviour for learning, and using assessment to deliver effective feedback. These lectures are led by accredited Specialist Leaders of Education who are experts in their individual subject areas.
Thursdays are spent studying the theory of education leading to Masters credits and this is delivered by a lecturer from the University of Cumbria. Trainees will have 3 assessed teaching placements throughout the year. You will carry out the Beginning Placement - 6 weeks(Nov) and Extending Placement - 9 weeks(April) in your host school. You will then be allocated a contrasting school for your Developing Placement - 6 weeks(Jan) which will also be a contrasting Key Stage to give you the best and wider experience.

You may select a preference of KS1 and KS2 for your host school. We ask whether you are a driver when arranging school placements so that we can ensure you are placed in a school with easy access to public transport if needed. All schools are in the local area of Blackburn with Darwen so trainees will not be required to attend a school beyond this catchment area. We visit placement schools regularly and all placements are quality assured by us on a regular basis to ensure that all trainees receive high quality personalised mentoring, are very well supported and guided through the training process. All schools in the alliance are those identified as being good or outstanding schools.

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.

We only accept equivalency tests which are recognised by the University of Cumbria. Please contact us to check if an equivalency test would be accepted.

Personal qualities

We seek to recruit graduates who:

  • Possess a genuine desire to enrich the lives of young children and who conduct themselves in a professional, friendly, approachable and positive manner.

  • Are motivated by the prospect of a career in teaching and dedicated to becoming great role models for the children in their care.

  • Are interested in benefiting from a school based approach to teacher training- applying theory and research into practice and learning to teach from highly experienced and respected professionals

  • Are enthused by the prospect of working alongside good or outstanding teachers in high performing schools

Other requirements

Any experience of working in a school is not essential to gaining a place on this course but we highly recommend you arrange this if possible as it will benefit you in your mini teach at interview and in selecting which key stage is your preferred initial option when training.

In recognition of how valuable this school experience is prior to starting the course, we are able to arrange this for you in the lead school prior to or following your interview.

Please contact us for help with this.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We are a well established alliance consisting of a lead school who works in partnership with other high performing schools within the borough. Our aim is to deliver outstanding ITT provision in our PGCE General Primary (5 - 11) delivered by experienced practitioners. We have a strong commitment to providing a stimulating, challenging and rewarding training experience which is a rich mix of both educational theory and classroom practice. All trainees are trained in the principles of ‘Quality First’ teaching whilst benefitting from high quality coaching and mentoring throughout their training journey.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to training outstanding teachers to teach in the local authority and beyond. We have an exemplary employment record as a result of supporting our trainees through every step of the job hunting process and into their first teaching post.

Evidence from our course completion exit survey shows that our trainees are very happy with the training delivered . Quotes from our trainees include: ‘I am so pleased I chose Blackburn TEAM Alliance as from Day 1 I was straight into school life and very quickly gained a full understanding of the challenges and expectations of the job’. ‘I am very excited to begin my first teaching post and feel very prepared following a thorough and rigorous course with the highest expectations from Blackburn TEAM Alliance’. Quotes from Head Teachers include: The students we have had have been of such a high calibre and the course has prepared them so well.

About the accredited body

We work in partnership with the University of Cumbria who deliver our MA level credits. All of this is delivered through face to face training at our lead school - Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy.

All MA level training is based on theory which is then applied in classroom practice. All trainees are encouraged to become active researchers who are able to apply theory to everyday life in the classroom.

Modules studied include: Building Professional Understanding, Enhancing Professional Practice and Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

Interview process

If shortlisted, candidates will undertake a rigorous interview process to establish their suitability for the Blackburn TEAM Alliance School Direct Programme. Members of the interview panel include the Headteacher of the lead school in the TEAM Alliance Partnership Programme Leader.

All interviews will be completed face to face at the lead school - Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy. We understand that candidates do not necessarily have school experience and therefore focus on your potential.

During your interview day you will be expected to participate in the following:

  • Teach a short lesson to a small group of children that you have prepared beforehand- you will be given a learning objective to plan to a week in advance.
  • Complete an educational research reading task.
  • Complete a basic skills test for numeracy and literacy.
  • Answer questions in a formal interview.

Interviews last approximately half a day.

Our interview days are rigorous, thorough and designed to ensure we select the very best candidates for our course. We encourage professional appearance and a high level of spoken language throughout 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

Full support will be given to those trainees with a learning difficulty, disability and/or a medical condition that affects their learning, so they are not substantially disadvantaged.

Each trainee will be assessed on an individual basis to ensure all partners involved in the training are fully aware of any additional needs and how best to support the trainee through the different stages of the course. The university also offer individual assessment of specific needs so that all trainees are supported in their academic study if needed.

Please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Contact this training provider

01254 667449
Blackburn TEAM Alliance School Direct
Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy, Manor Road

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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