Blue Sky Primary (38VF)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Newman 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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

38VF is a training course which does not have a salary. Tuition fees would be payable and student finance may be an option to support trainees. Please seek advice from student finance.

Our School Direct courses are all year-long programmes and successful trainees will end their year with Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE.

All trainees will attend lectures at Newman University, on average once per week. A university mentor will be named to support you and observe lessons. The remainder of the week will be spent in a ‘home’ school in Coventry or the surrounding area. You will be a full-time member of staff within the school, only missing days to attend university. In school you will have an allocated mentor who will offer support as you develop your skills in teaching and learning.

You will spend the majority of your year in your home school but you will have a short placement at a different school for your supplementary school experience halfway through the year. Following this, you will return to your home school until the end of the academic year.

For 2021 we are running Primary teacher training as a training course only, meaning trainees will not receive a salary during the year.

Newman University essay expectations vary depending on the course but all trainees will be well supported to ensure the academic aspects of the training year can be achieved as smoothly as possible.

Whilst in school, trainees will be immersed in the daily life of a teacher, supported by experienced colleagues. You will benefit from the professional development opportunities provided by your school in addition to what is provided by your university time. Assessments are in the form of essays and shorter tasks interspersed throughout the year.

School placements

Our school placements are all in Coventry or the surrounding area. The role of Blue Sky is to match trainees to schools so that, as far as we possibly can, travel distance doesn’t prevent trainees applying to train with us. Trainees will have two placements in total during the year, with the majority of the year in the home school and a short supplementary placement during the Autumn or Spring term.

All primary course candidates will end the course qualified to teach between the ages of 5 and 11. School placements will either be in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. We do not offer an Early Years qualification.

All candidates will be allocated a school at the interview process which will be where you spend the majority of the year. A supplementary 5 – 6 week placement in another school will be organised for you during the Autumn or Spring term. You will be in school every day, with the only exception being the days you are timetabled to attend lectures at Newman University. All courses are full-time commitments and you would be a member of the teaching team whenever you are in school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Candidates would be required to organise their own equivalency tests. There may be a limit of one or two qualifications carried out using an online equivalency test service. Please check before making an application.

Personal qualities

We use our application and interview process to search for the potential in people. A passion and drive to guide children to achieve their full potential is essential, as are excellent communication skills. The Schools Direct process is full and fast paced therefore a hardworking, determined attitude is also highly sought after.

Other requirements

Candidates will be subject to the criminal record and other checks required to work with children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

The cost of fees it still tbc for 2022 candidates.

About the training provider

Blue Sky is based in the centre of Coventry with links to primary and secondary schools in Coventry and the surrounding areas.

We are part of the Romero Academy made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school. Our lead school, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Coventry, is judged by OFSTED as Outstanding. Our other schools are all judged by OFSTED as at least GOOD, with three of the schools- including our secondary School Cardinal Wiseman- receiving their judgements this academic year. With our strategic and professional partners, we are committed to offering high standards of training for the teachers of the future.

Our accrediting provider is Newman University, Birmingham. Our previous trainees have been extremely happy with Blue Sky as their provider, saying:

  • ‘Training with Blue Sky is highly tailored to your needs as a new teacher, adapted as the school year advances and your developmental needs arise.’
  • ‘It was a fantastic experience training with Blue Sky. There were many opportunities to observe excellent practitioners.’
    • ‘Completing my teacher training with Blue Sky not only set me up for my NQT year but my whole teaching career.’
  • ‘The support and advice given by Blue Sky was irreplaceable so I’m glad I choose to start my career with them.’
  • ‘Blue Sky really ensured my development from a trainee into a Newly Qualified Teacher. The support received was outstanding from the outset and there was always someone to speak to with concerns or worries.’

Interview process

Interviews will be conducted by representatives from the schools seeking to appoint a trainee, along with representatives from Newman University and Blue Sky . Your interview will consist of a short lesson observation and a formal interview. You will only attend on one occasion and you will receive an outcome shortly after the interview day.

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

Blue Sky will endeavour to support any potential trainee with accessibility needs. We would be happy to discuss how we can support anyone to become a qualified teacher.

Contact this training provider

Sacred Heart Primary School
Brays Lane

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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