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

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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).

How school placements work

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.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

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

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:



The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.

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.

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 seven 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 12 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.

About the accredited body

The University of Winchester is recognised by OfSted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference in the world. We can offer you a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires, in a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train.

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 details

01202 822506
Wimborne Academy Trust
Allenbourn Middle School
BH21 1PL


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Wimborne Academy Trust Schools
St John’s Hill, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1BX
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