Blackpool Teaching School Alliance
Primary (Special Educational Needs) (38TK)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Blackpool Teaching School Alliance 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.

SEND Students will spend each term in a different school ( 2x Specialist and 1x mainstream) undertaking an assessed placement in each setting. Students will have a mentor in each school. 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 ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’. 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. This training is delivered by the University of Cumbria within an alliance school based in Blackpool.

This programme is in its 4th year and we are extremely proud of our 100% pass rate.

Interview process

Blackpool Teaching School Alliance 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 for an interview at one of the Specialist schools. The interview will consist of an academic task, a 20 minute mini teach and a formal interview.

How school placements work

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

-4 weeks placement in the autumn term( Beginning) -5 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.

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 sources by the BTSA. 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


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Fees for this course are set at £9250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Graduates should have a minimum 2:2 degree. They also need GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

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 BTSA schools before starting the course if this is something they would like to do

About the training provider

Blackpool Teaching School Alliance 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 a mainstream school and undertake a minimum of 2 placements within mainstream with the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement and/or an experiential placement in a Specialist School.

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

About the accredited body

This programme is run in conjunction with the University of Cumbria, one of the country’s leading providers of teacher education . This collaboration leads to our students achieving QTS with PGCE at level 7. The success of the PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school-based learning. This learning process allows you to develop your teaching skills and reflect on the impact you make on pupils, the school and the community.

The University of Cumbria also provides our students with additional student facilities e.g. library access and Student Support Services.

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 details

01253 764130
Park Community Academy
158 Whitegate Drive


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Blackpool Teaching School Alliance ( Mainstream Lead School -St Nicholas C of E Primary School)
School Road, Blackpool, FY4 5DS
Yes A
Blackpool Teaching School Alliance ( SEND Lead School -Park Community Academy)
158 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, fy39hf
Yes 1

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