Linwood Training, Support and Advice Primary (5-11) with SEND (H411)

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

Accredited body
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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It is also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education. The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around taught modules based at Poole SCITT and placement modules based in schools (mainstream and special) and other educational settings. You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings. Our PGCE in Primary with SEND specialism is significantly enhanced with aspects of Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) delivered by specialist teachers from Linwood School. The programme content is delivered through a series of non-assessed and assessed school based placements. These placements are in both mainstream primary and special school settings. Trainees are guided through their learning by experienced staff and school based mentors, to enable them to gain the skills and confidence to become effective, successful teachers of primary aged children, especially those with SEND. The programme is designed for trainee teachers wishing to enter the profession in either mainstream or special school settings. Placements will take place in Poole SCITT and Linwood Training, Support & Advice partner schools in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

Trainees are based at the Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School and school experience is within partner schools within Poole SCITT and Linwood Training, Support & Advice, which include primary mainstream and other local special schools. Trainees are included in the PGCE cohort of Poole SCITT and Kingston University. The course consists of two placements: one in a mainstream school and another in a special school local to Linwood School to enhance your SEND knowledge and practices.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Linwood School
Alma Road, Winton, Bournemouth, BH9 1AJ
Ad Astra Infant School, Sherborn Crescent, Poole, Dorset, BH17 8AP
Springwood (ASD) Campus
Andrew’s Close, Springwater Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8HB
Winchelsea School
Guernsey Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH12 4LL

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 accept GCSEs, iGCSEs and equivalency tests from the company ‘Equivalency testing’ only. (

Personal qualities

We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

All offers made will be subject to Criminal Records Checks, prohibition from teaching checks, medical clearance, satisfactory references and where necessary satisfactory completion of degrees and other minimum qualification requirements. You will be sent more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept an offer.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Linwood Training, Support & Advice is a partnership of schools and other organisations sharing skills and expertise to improve learning and achievement for every child and young person across Bournemouth and beyond. Linwood Training, Support & Advice plays a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where new teachers learn from the best teachers, supported through a culture of coaching and mentoring. This course combines the excellence of Poole SCITT and Kingston University input alongside the outstanding practices that take place within the Linwood Training, Support & Advice schools.

About the accredited body

Poole SCITT is a provider of teacher education at primary level and has a long history of training teachers.

Ad Astra Infant School, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset is the Taught Course Centre. Some course sessions may take place in the partnership schools. The team are based at Ad Astra Infant School and are responsible for the general direction and day-to-day running of the course.

Validated for PGCE status by Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and the course carries ‘M’ credits towards a Masters.

Interview process

Applicants are selected from applications through the DfE application site ( You should write a full personal statement giving reasons for wanting to teach. You should cite any experience of working with children (although strongly recommended, this is not an essential requirement for application). Careful consideration should be made as to referees. At least one of your references should be from someone who can comment upon your working with children. Email contact details for references must be a professional/school address and not a personal one.

If you meet or are expected to meet entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you’ll be invited to attend an interview.

Please make it clear on applications if you are working towards GCSE qualifications and when results will be known.

The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an assessment session with Literacy and Numeracy testing, group and individual interviews. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the course. More specific details about interviews will be provided to candidates by email if successful in application, so please provide a valid and regularly monitored email address on application forms.

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

Your well-being is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. Candidates are given several opportunities to declare any disabilities or additional support required both before and during the course. We support students on an individual basis according to need. Being a small provider, on occasions we may need to seek specialist advice from outside agencies. All candidates successful in obtaining a place will need to be medically cleared as ‘Fit to Teach’ as per DfE initial teacher training requirements. Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School is accessible for all as are most of our placement schools.

Contact this training provider

01202 605315
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Ad Astra Infant School, Sherborn Crescent
BH17 8AP

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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