Weatherhead High School Primary 5-11 (2JMB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022
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About the course

The Primary (5 - 11) course is taught by experienced and friendly staff at one of our partner primary schools and is offered in collaboration with LJMU. You will join a community of students at LJMU for University – based sessions.

Our student teachers usually spend Mondays (and sometimes the occasional full week) at the University and the other 4 days in school. Later in the year, students return to the University for additional full training weeks, but spend the majority of time (at least 120 days) in our Partnership schools.

The Primary (5 - 11) programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all primary curriculum subjects, so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident teacher of the 5 - 11 age range. In addition, University-based lectures and seminars will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues such as classroom and behaviour management, meeting individual needs and inclusion, planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We will support you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in education.

In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors with LJMU tutors. LJMU tutors are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.

School placements

Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by well-trained mentors. Starting from day one in your Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and build strong relationships with staff, pupils and your subject mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A LJMU tutor is attached to each school and will be visiting regularly in order to support trainees and their mentors, developing relationships are very close and constructive relationships across the team.

You will have a weekly review and feedback meeting with your mentors and tutorials with LJMU tutors. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally.

In addition to the time spent in a Home School, you will also undertake an alternative placement of approximately 6 weeks in an alternative school between January and February. This placement has an explicit focus on a new Key Stage and age range. Additional experiences are also often provided, for instance through visits to Special Schools and to Secondary Schools. Although this programme focuses on the 5-11 age range, you will also gain some experience of Early Years and the Foundation Stage curriculum.

School experience is structured in Phases, beginning with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate levels of confidence and competence, only taking on greater responsibility for planning and teaching classes as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Liscard Primary School
Withens Lane, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 7NQ
Park Primary School
Woodstock Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 5RN

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

What we look for in a candidate:

  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Desire to share your passion with students and make a difference to their education
  • Excellent organisational skills, punctual and willing to support your school and its students
  • An ability to reflect on your own practice, accept guidance and constructive criticism
  • Self-motivated and proactive.

Other requirements

You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

There are a range of ways in which you can arrange to pay your course fees, including in monthly instalments.

About the training provider

What better way to train to teach than to learn from outstanding teachers, in great schools!

Weatherhead Teaching School Alliance School Direct programme allows you to do just that because School Direct trainees spend more time in schools learning to become outstanding teachers from outstanding teachers and school leaders.

Working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, our Wirral-based Initial Teaching Training course is delivered in schools, by teachers.

We are an alliance of Secondary schools in the Wirral area who have an excellent reputation for working collaboratively to deliver high quality School Direct training. Our partnership is led by Weatherhead High School, an Ofsted “Outstanding” and “World Class” school.

About the accredited body

Our accredited body, Liverpool John Moores University has an established reputation for high quality Teacher Training. The LJMU Partnership’s 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. Our Partnership with LJMU ensures that our teachers develop a deep and research-informed understanding of subjects, the curriculum, learners and learning. The Postgraduate Award from LJMU is designed to ensure that teaching and assignments are embedded in classroom practice. There is significant academic and pastoral support from LJMU, whose staff also visit our students and their mentors on placement.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the criteria will be invited by email to attend a selection process giving candidates the opportunity to show their potential for this course. Interviews will be held at Weatherhead High School but may be conducted online if necessary and applicants will be informed of this.

The day will consist of:

  • A morning with a class interacting with students and staff
  • A directed task with a small group of students
  • Prepare and deliver a 20 minute lesson to the class
  • English and Maths Test
  • A 20 minute interview.

All aspects of the interview will be considered as part of the selection process and you will be informed of the outcome within 48 hours. The selection process will take place at a partner school.

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

Our School Direct team provides excellent support and with LJMU, are committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer. The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. Contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you’ll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.

If you need an Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) which sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place, this will be put in place by an LJMU Disability Adviser once you have met to discuss your needs. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant staff.

All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and their school. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.

Contact this training provider

0151 631 4415
Weatherhead High School
Breck Road
CH44 3HS

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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