The Arnewood School Academy
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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bournemouth Poole & Dorset Teacher Training Partnership
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 course is run in partnership with the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Teaching Training Partnership.

The course runs for 37 weeks from September to July. During this time trainees will spend the majority of their time in school. This will give you the opportunity to develop and put into practice much of the pedagogy of teaching in your chosen subject. You will also receive central training throughout the year at the BPD base at Twynham School in Christchurch. There will also be academic input from The University of Winchester for the PGCE element of the course.

Trainees will receive support from a subject mentor, who will hold weekly meetings with trainees to discuss progress and set targets. There will also be the support of a Professional Tutor who oversees all trainees in the school and a Lead Subject Tutor who is responsible for developing subject specific knowledge and support.

Interview process

If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day usually consists of a written task, pupil task, subject specific and more general interviews, as well as an opportunity to tour the school and find out more about us. Further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date.

How school placements work

The course is made up of two placements. The first from September to December will take place in one of our partner schools. The main placement - January to June - will be at The Arnewood School. During both placements you will have a dedicated mentor and will have regular meetings with you lead subject tutor as well as visits to you on your placement.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

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.



The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.

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 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

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.

About the training provider

The Arnewood School offers the opportunity to train to teach with the support of experienced mentors and subject specialist in the heart of the New forest.

As a small provider, we are able to offer a highly personalised experience that can be adapted to suit a variety of needs. Working in partnership with other local teaching alliances we are able to also offer a broad and high quality provision of pedagogical training. For the primary route we work with our feeder schools who are passionate about teacher training and education to support trainees as they enter the profession.

The school is committed to professional development with a keen focus on the development of teaching and learning across all subject areas.

We offer both primary and secondary training opportunities. For both routes we work with The University of Winchester, which is recognised by OfSted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers.

About the accredited body

For the secondary route we work within the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Teacher Training Partnership to offer trainees a varied and balanced experience to prepare them for becoming excellent practitioners. This allows our trainees to experience a diversity of school placements including upper schools, selective schools and special educational school settings. The partnership delivers high quality central training and subject specific tutors to support your development as a teacher.

For the primary route we work with Halterworth Teaching school to give trainees a high level of central training and support.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.

Contact details

Gore Road
New Milton
BH25 6RS


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Gore Road, New Milton, BH25 6RS
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