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Kernow Teaching School Alliance KTSA Primary (365X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

As a Primary teacher, you can play an essential role in children’s development. You’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s well-being and creativity, opening young minds to new concepts through rich and practical learning experiences, expanding their natural curiosity. Giving children the building blocks to provide firm foundations for lifelong learning. You need to be able to work with a range of people from parents and teachers to professionals from other services and members of the community. You need to be energetic, creative, have a thirst for learning, love the outdoors whatever the weather and be practical in your delivery. Trainees who are undertaking the General Primary programme will train with our 3-7 Primary trainees and have specialist input from our EYS to KS2 colleagues. Their main ITT placements will be in KS1 & KS2 with an opportunity to look at EYS & Foundation later in the year. The Qualification will be PGCE General Primary. We are delivering the Primary PGCE in partnership with The University of St Mark & St John(Marjon) Please contact us if you wish to study the 3-7 age range

School placements

The KTSA has 27 primary partners allowing you to experience a wide range of educational contexts. Our primaries are in Rural, Coastal and urban settings and include academy chains, multi academy trusts, faith schools, EYS and KS1 only settings and KS2 settings and a through school KS2 – 5. In fact if there is a type of setting or leadership structure that you wish to experience you will find it within our alliance partners. The programme will allow you to spend time in two main placements both different in their context. (1 x 2 terms, 1 x 1 term) There will also be opportunities to visit other primary settings and our secondary, FE & HE and pupil referral partners. Our aim is for all of our trainees to be successful and with that in mind we take into consideration each individuals personal situation and endeavour to place them so that they have no more than a 40 minute journey to work. Our current school direct trainees have already found themselves in the classroom, on the beach and receiving training in at least 4 different school settings. They have had the opportunity to attend Ofsted training, Guided reading and writing, First Aid, Child Protection and Assessment for Learning

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

We closely adhere to the national entry requirements for ITT courses along with the subject specific requirements form our HE partners - Marjon

GCSE (or equivalent) in English and maths at grade C/4 or above; also Science at grade C/4

2:2 or above

Relevant experience in a school, work experience or volunteering/ paid employment.

DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. Instead PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics and English skills.

Personal qualities

As a Primary teacher, you play an essential role in children’s development, making a lasting, positive impact on well-being and creativity, opening young minds to new concepts through rich and practical learning experiences, expanding their natural curiosity. Giving children the building blocks to provide firm foundations for lifelong learning.

You need energy, creativity, a thirst for learning and have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents. You will love the outdoors whatever the weather and be practical in your delivery, learn to work with a range of people from parents, teachers, other professionals & the community.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, passes in both professional skills tests, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.

Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact us [] for more information.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,500

Financial support from the training provider

All of our programmes are eligible for student loans and any applicable bursaries.

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

About the training provider

The KTSA brings together outstanding educational providers, from Nursery to Post 16 and Higher Education. Based in Cornwall we have secondary, primary, special & alternative Provision, ITT partners. Whilst the School Direct (SD) programme is demanding there will be time to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer. We are led by Outstanding schools, Leaders and Teachers we are fortunate to be able to draw on this expertise to give you access to high quality training and support.

Our unique offer

  • 1yr ITT School Direct PGCE (non salaried) Primary 3-7 & 5-11
  • an option to teach in a special school or APA/PRU, in the extension phaase of our programme.

Our pupils need the most talented and committed people to get the best out of them, this is where you come in. we need you to be :

  • passionate about teaching
  • wanting to make a real difference
  • a will to succeed when presented with the most vulnerable, challenging and ultimately rewarding pupils
  • self-motivated and enthusiastic, resilient, compassionate and inspirational,

  • On completing our School Direct programme you will gain credits towards your Masters degree. (which you can continue with the KTSA in your NQT year).

  • experienced schools delivering ITT who have a passion for supporting new entrants into the profession.

  • a friendly, supportive organisation

  • 100% pass & employment rates.

You will be part of an alliance that supports schools, trains future leaders and engages in research, opening further opportunities to widen our ITT School Direct student experience

About the accredited body

Marjon have been involved in School Direct partnerships for many years and have 96% satisfaction on Postgraduate teacher training vs 81% sector average (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2016). Our education graduates earn more than any other education graduates in the South West and Wales (LEO data, DfE, 2017).

We have been training teachers for 180 years. We understand education. Our expertise covers many specialisms of education including childhood development, early years, literacy and wellbeing.

Interview process

We interview all our applicants in the school setting and our interviews will include

  • A tours of one of our schools
  • Formal interview with Teaching School representatives and a Senior school leader
  • Classroom experience
  • Teaching Episode
  • Literacy & Numeracy tests
  • An opportunity to meet previous trainees

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to support all applicants whatever their disability to access our ITT training programmes, our HEI partners support us in doing this. Each of our HEI partners have support arrangements for students with disabilities details of which can be found on their websites. Potential applicants are welcome to contact us to discuss the support available.

The University of Exeter Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services

The University of St Mark & St John DIAS - Disability & Inclusion Advice Service provides appropriate information, advice, guidance and support relating to inclusion issues including a wide range of disabilities, medical and mental health conditions and formally diagnosed specific learning difficulties (SPLD’s) such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

All Marjon students who are eligible can apply for appropriate support from DIAS Pre-entry information, advice and guidance For eligible students, guidance in applying for DSA’s (Disabled Students Allowances) Appropriate liaison with Academic Departments relating to on course support Wider liaison where appropriate with other areas of Marjon We offer: A confidential service Appointments to meet individual support needs Arrangement of one to one support where funding permits specialist study tuition (for students with SpLDs and/or other communication disorders), non-medical assistance and specialist mentoring.

Disability & Inclusion Advice Service

Contact this training provider

01637 800294
Atlantic Centre
Trenance Leisure Park

Support and advice

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