St John’s Church of England First School, Wimborne Primary (2KNQ)

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

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings. You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

There are three main teaching placements, with trainees generally based in one school for the Autumn, the late Spring and Summer terms, and a second school for the early Spring term. All trainees gain experience in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and there are also opportunities for observation in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 3. Whilst in school our trainees are encouraged by school based tutors who are experienced, practising teachers. They play a crucial role in the co-ordination of the trainees’ learning and teaching programme within the school. Training is provided for class teachers as they support the trainees in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating. Centre based study anticipates and consolidates the school based experiences and is organised through a series of modules which reflect the National Curriculum subjects and professional issues. These centre based sessions are led by our own core tutors, education consultants, headteachers and practising teachers.

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

Personal qualities

In addition to the academic qualifications we are looking 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 primary education 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

Provide two referees; at least one from an environment where the referee has seen you working with children. 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. More details will be sent from the University.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,100

Financial support from the training provider

Intending trainees should contact Student Finance England for details of eligibility for financial support and the Student Loan Scheme. In certain circumstances the following grants are also available: Parents’ Learning Allowance, Adult Dependant’s Grant, Disabled Students’ Allowances, Childcare Grant Further information is available from the Government website:

About the training provider

St John’s CE First School is the Lead school for Wimborne Teaching School and is also part of Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT). The Trust consists of eight First Schools, four Middle Schools and QE Upper School. All schools provide excellent environments in which to train teachers and trainees will be placed in schools across the Trust with St John’s taking the lead in the co-ordination having successfully supported trainees since 2006. In July 2009, St John’s was judged by Ofsted to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. In 2014 St John’s was awarded Teaching School status; we work closely with Allenbourn Middle School under the name Wimborne Teaching School. In 2015 both schools academised, together with 5 other first and middle schools in the Wimborne area, to form Wimborne Academy Trust. All 13 schools within the Trust are now part of the Wimborne Teaching School Alliance.
Our School Direct courses are designed by practising teachers for trainees wishing to teach pupils in the 5-11 age range. It offers practical teaching experience in a wide range of local schools both urban and rural, excellent support throughout the course and beyond, Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE (Masters level) validated by The University of Winchester. We aim to provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where all partners work together to create a supportive, collaborative learning environment. All trainees are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential through a high quality, well planned and rigorously monitored programme.

Interview process

The interviews are designed to probe candidates’ understanding of their school-based experiences. Interviews are held in a Trust school and candidates are given the opportunity to: Talk about their understanding of the role of a primary classroom teacher; Share and explore a text with a class or group of children; Undertake a short written English exercise and a Maths task; Take part in a short interview process.

Successful candidates will also be required to: Undertake a pre-course placement (10 days minimum) working as a volunteer in school with children in Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 2; Undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service. Undertake a health check to demonstrate that s/he is physically and mentally fit to teach.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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 this training provider

01202 822506
Wimborne Academy Trust
c/o Allenbourn Middle School
BH21 1PL

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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