Blackpool Sea View Trust School Direct ITT Primary (2TTQ)

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

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

The Programme

Blackpool Sea View Trust offers 2 School Direct courses both leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS.

● Primary (2TTQ) ● Primary with SEND (38TK)

Our School Direct programmes are so successful because they immerse you into life in a Primary or Special School. This is a full time course where you will become part of the staff team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved in after school clubs, CPD events and a range of whole school events. Students will spend 3 days per week in their host schools when not on placement.

Alongside this you will receive 2 day per week of high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by experienced teachers and University tutors.

Opportunities for trainees to work or study collaboratively will be a focus of our training programme. We also provide opportunities to attend relevant conferences and CPD events as well as team building activities across the year.

Students are allocated to three host schools over the year and complete an assessed placement in each. Students will have an assigned mentor in each school. Our mentors are mentor trained by the University of Cumbria and attend regular meetings with our course leads. Further support is also available through the University Partnership Lead and the Programme Partnership Lead.

Our Primary PGCE with QTS programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. During this course you will undertake two 30-credit masters level modules to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Building Professional Understanding’ and ‘Enhancing Professional Practice’. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. The modules are taught by University of Cumbria lecturers who ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to inform your teaching and provide a toolkit to take forward in your career.

This collaborative approach to teacher training ensures that students have access to both excellent school-based practice and well-regarded academic input which has been planned to create a coherent and valuable learning experience. All training provided is delivered at a location within Blackpool.

This programme is in its 7th year and we are extremely proud of our 100% pass rate.

School placements

There are 3 formal assessed placements as part of the programme.

-6 weeks placement in the Autumn term (Beginning) -6 week placement in the Spring term (Developing) -9 week placement in the Summer term (Extending)

You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in 3 different school settings.

Students undertaking our Primary Programme will be hosted in 3 mainstream schools, however, a popular feature of our Primary programme is the opportunity to be hosted and undertake one assessed placement in a specialist school setting.

Host and placement schools are allocated following a discussion around where a student lives, ability to travel and specific needs which might impact on the placement. All placements are sourced by Blackpool Sea View Trust. Students are not expected to find their own placements.

Students are supported through their placements by a mentor. There are a number of observations carried out followed by reflective feedback and evaluation. All students work with their mentor to set targets against the teaching standards throughout their placement.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Blackpool Sea View Trust ( Mainstream Lead School -St Nicholas C of E Primary School)
School Road, Blackpool, FY4 5DS
Blackpool Sea View Trust ( SEND Lead School -Park Community Academy)
158 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, fy39hf

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 will be verified by the University of Cumbria.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, someone who enjoys a challenge and who puts children and their needs first. Experience of working with children or young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity is desirable however not essential. If accepted onto our course we will offer our prospective students the opportunity to gain additional experience in our Blackpool Sea View Trust schools before starting the course, if this is something they would like to do.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Fees for this course are set at £9250.

About the training provider

Blackpool Sea View Trust deliver inclusive school based training via our School Direct Programme.

Blackpool is a rewarding yet challenging place to teach. Our vision is to train the next generation of outstanding teachers to give the children of Blackpool and the local area the best possible start in life.

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, enjoy a challenge and put children and their needs at the centre of their practice.

We offer 2 courses both leading to PGCE with QTS

Primary Primary with SEND

Our programmes immerse you into school life. You become part of the team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved in a range of whole school events.

Alongside this you receive high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by experienced teachers and study the PGCE L7 modules delivered by the University of Cumbria.

You will undertake 3 placements each in a different school setting teaching in both key stage 1 and key stage 2.

Students undertaking our Primary Programme will be hosted in mainstream schools and will undertake a minimum of 2 placements within a mainstream setting with the opportunity to undertake an optional assessed placement in a Specialist School.

Students undertaking the Primary with SEND programme will be hosted in 2 SEND settings and undertake 2 placements in a Specialist School with the additional placement in a mainstream setting.

Interview process

Blackpool Sea View Trust works in conjunction with the University of Cumbria to select suitable candidates to take through to our interview process. This will include initial safeguarding checks and whether candidates meet minimum entry requirements.

If selected for interview you will be invited to attend one of our alliance schools. The interview will consist of an academic task, a 20 minute mini teach and a formal interview.

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

All students receive the appropriate level of support according to their needs. We are a fully inclusive programme and all locations are fully accessible.

Contact this training provider

01253 764130
Park Community Academy
158 Whitegate Drive

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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