The Phoenix School
Primary (Special Educational Needs) (2XPY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Trainees are placed in their host school from the start of the year and typically spend six weeks in a second school to ensure a breadth of experience. Complementing the programme of training sessions at Bishop Grosseteste University, we draw on the expertise and strengths of outstanding classroom teachers, mentors and leadership team members from across the alliance to support participants through a tailored training programme. Through our partnership of largely Outstanding and Good schools we offer training places in a wide range of subjects and phases which change annually based on school demand – check the UCAS Teacher Training website for latest information on availability. This PGCE course prepares you to teach children in the 5 to 11 age range as a general primary teacher, before placing you in a Special School. It is a very practical course with around two-thirds of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around one third spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school. Find out more on our website

Interview process

We will invite you to one of our schools and during the time you are with us you will be asked to complete a number of tasks. You will meet with students and staff to discuss topical issues. The purpose of the day is for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. Once the interview has taken place the panel will discuss how they can best support you in becoming an outstanding teacher and which one of our schools are best placed to help you achieve. Find out more on our website

How school placements work

The full-time course is for one year with a minimum of 120 days in school and 60 days training. School placements are carefully structured to ensure gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences by working with other trainees, link tutors and teachers.

Placements begin in the autumn term. The spring and summer term placements follow with you taking the lead within the classroom across core and foundation subjects. You will also undertake an enrichment placement in key stage three and early years. Whilst on placement you will work closely with your School Based Mentor(SBM). Your SBM will observe your practice throughout the week and will also meet with you weekly to enable you to identify targets to further develop your professional practice. You will also attend one afternoon a week at a local training session where senior staff will work with you and help you develop your classroom practice. During the spring term you will then specialise in special educational needs. You will work closely with professionals from The Phoenix School to provide learning experience for our young people. Find out more on our website


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,500

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Find more info about financial support on our website



For all PGCE Primary programmes you will normally need: GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science at the time of application.  An honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above Experience – We encourage you to gain some experience in schools as this is a good starting point for you to gain an interview for the Primary PGCE Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy Declaration of Health DBS (formerly the CRB) Enhanced Disclosure

If you are unsure as to the relevance of your degree, please call Admissions(01522 583658) or email

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone who has a love of learning and who wishes to ensure that others do too. Besides academic qualifications we are looking for a confident communicator who has a passion for learning. Someone who is well organised and has the ability and desire to become a team player. Your interpersonal skills are important as is your curriculum knowledge. We want to work with people who want to make a difference to individuals’ lives.

Other requirements

About the training provider

Aspiring teachers on our School Direct programme have the opportunity to work and train within an alliance with diversity at its core. Our alliance of schools is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged young people in the city.

Phoenix School is developing both a local and national reputation for being a centre of excellence within teaching and learning and continues to offer a plethora of training opportunities for all staff.

We continue to build on our strong culture where Phoenix staff see themselves as educators working in partnership with families and teams of multi professionals.

The age range is from 2 -19 serving the Peterborough catchment and local neighbouring authorities primary, secondary and sixth-form all on one site, alongside the new 14-19 provision.

Phoenix School has been graded Outstanding by Ofsted on three consecutive inspections. Similarly, BG University has been commended in 2015 as a good provider for all its school-based ITT provision. If you are ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and working with young people, we want to hear from you!

The Phoenix School Direct Programme is recruiting ambitious and committed future teachers to Training Route places in primary.

We are delighted to work alongside our partner primary and secondary schools to offer this School Direct programme. Successful applicants may be placed at any of our partner schools.

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been educating students in the historic heart of Lincoln for over 150 years. Our beautiful campus is located just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and the old Roman city. We’re exceptionally proud that over the past 150 years, our commitment to first-class teacher training has remained consistent. Life after BGU is also extremely important to us and we offer many different methods of support for our trainees as they begin their teaching careers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We really care about all of our trainees and aim to support them all of the way through their studies, from application to graduation. Here at BGU we recognise that trainees may require additional assistance to engage fully with their studies due to a range of access needs. Student Advice plays a key role in co-ordinating services available to BGU’s disabled and sensory impaired students, and/or with specific learning differences or other access needs before and during their studies. In order to assess the level of support trainees may require, we use the legal definition of disability, which is wide ranging but includes:

  • Specific learning differences including dyslexia
  • Physical mobility difficulties
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Persons requiring personal care
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma
  • Please note that this is not an exhaustive list – trainees may have access needs that are not listed above. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation, please contact Student Advice – we will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

Contact details

The Phoenix School
Clayton Site, Orton Goldhay


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