Odyssey Teaching School Alliance Primary (2H45)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Gloucestershire
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

This is a one year, full-time course. The majority of your time will be spent on placement in school, this is a key benefit of the School Direct course. Our current partner schools are in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bishops Cleeve.

Each Wednesday afternoon however you will meet with other trainees (primary and secondary) at a local school as part of our professional studies programme. You will also attend lectures at the University of Gloucestershire for a short block each term.

All elements of the course must be completed satisfactorily. School placements are jointly assessed by staff within schools and university link tutors, through observation of teaching and scrutiny of other evidence.

There are 4 key modules

  • Professional Studies
  • Core Subject Strength
  • Foundation Strength
  • Introductory modules in all National Curriculum subjects

The Professional Studies module and the Core Subject Strength module are assessed through written assignments.

School placements

All trainees will undertake placements in 2 schools. We will be working with 7 partner schools in 2019/2020:

Rowanfield Junior School Rowanfield Infant School Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy Springbank Primary School Longford Park Primary School Linden Primary School Warden Hill Primary School

Placements are arranged in discussion with trainees, depending on key stage preference, home location etc. We cannot guarantee any particular school placement, however we are always keen to work with trainees to find the right school for them.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent, preferably in a subject that is relevant to the primary school curriculum
  • A minimum grade C in English language, mathematics and science subject at GCSE
  • You must be able to demonstrate evidence of successful experience in a primary classroom setting
  • Successful completion of the literacy and numeracy professional skills test before the start of the course.
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent

Personal qualities

We recognise that outstanding teachers come from many different backgrounds and have a range of prior experiences. We welcome applications from trainees from all walks of life and recognise the different qualities and skills that they can potentially bring to the profession. Passion, resilience and a willingness to reflect and learn as a professional are however key.

Other requirements

All trainees will be subject to an enhanced DBS check prior to the start of the course. Trainees with less prior experience in school may also be required to undertake a short period of work experience.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,259
International students £13,840

About the training provider

Why chose to train with Odyssey?

  • An opportunity to train in an Alliance led by Pate’s Grammar School - a school rated Outstanding by Ofsted in every category and previously awarded the title Sunday Times School of the Year. Our exam results consistently place us in the top 10 state schools nationally.

    • Our professional studies programme offers a unique opportunity to work cross phase to gain an understanding of the full learning journey from 3 - 19.
    • We have an excellent employment track record.
    • At secondary level, an opportunity to train in both the grammar and comprehensive sectors, with four schools who proudly work collaboratively to develop and train staff to the highest standards and an opportunity to work with most able and academic students all the way through from 11 – 18. You will have fantastic opportunities to get involved with wider school life; Pate’s, All Saints’ Academy, Sir Thomas Rich’s and Tewkesbury all have vibrant and thriving extra-curricular programmes. You will receive a GITEP PGCE awarded by the University of Bristol.
    • At primary level, a unique opportunity to train in an alliance of 7 strong Gloucestershire based primary schools, many rated as outstanding or good with outstanding features - all recognised for their exceptional staff development. You will receive all the benefits of the University of Gloucestershire Course (including the PGCE accreditation), however spending more time in school learning ‘on the job’.

About the accredited body

The University of Gloucestershire PGCE is the ‘gold –standard’ route to qualified teacher status. When last inspected in 2015, the Primary PGCE was rated by OFSTED as ‘Outstanding,’ a mark of quality.

This course gives students the opportunity to gain 60 masters-level credits, with clear progression onto the MA programme. This means there is a defined pathway for those looking to develop their knowledge further.

Interview process

You will be invited to interview at one of our partner schools to be interviewed by serving Senior Leaders. At the interview we will explore the reasons behind your desire to teach and also your suitability for the course. We will ask you to either prepare a presentation, or to deliver a short lesson to a group of children. (Details will be provided in advance).

Training with disabilities and other needs

As an alliance we take great pride in knowing and supporting our trainees personally. Our trainees come from a variety of backgrounds and we are committed to enabling access to the profession for all. Please contact us if you would like to better understand how we may be able to support any access requirements that you have.

Contact this training provider

01242 538276
Pate's Grammar School
Princess Elizabeth Way
GL51 0HG

Support and advice

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