Ignite Institute Primary (2HB8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chester
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
4 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

In 2023-24, Ignite Institute are continuing to offer an outstanding training programme that covers a wider geographical area.

Training to be a teacher with Ignite allows Associate Teachers to gain a realistic understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching by becoming an integral part of the school staff. We have an established induction process in place, ensuring our trainees hit the ground running when the course starts in September and employment rates are high, particularly in partnership schools.

The training year consists of 130 days based in 2 schools, alongside 60 training days. 15 of these days are led by The University of Chester and focus on completing assessments for PCGE. The remaining 45 days are led by highly skilled and experienced specialists who work regionally and nationally, providing our trainees with outstanding CPD they can use and develop in the classroom. Training days are interactive and practical and due to many being based in a school setting, we build in opportunities for our trainees to put into practice with children some of the theory and pedagogy they have gained.

Our programme also includes accredited specialist SEND/autism training from a local partners and trainees will also receive Educational Visit Leader accreditation during a 3 day residential.

Alongside our high quality CPD, during school based experience, trainees will be supported, mentored and coached by excellent classroom practitioners. We promote a team teach approach as trainees begin their programme and there will opportunities for trainees to get fully immersed in the life of the school, observing and learning from as many different specialists as possible.

Our Professional Mentors are experienced, supportive and aim to ensure that ATs set high standards for themselves and the pupils they teach. Weekly reviews take place where trainees are encouraged and coached to become increasingly reflective as they review themselves against the teacher standards.

During the training year, there are 3 formal review points, where a QA lead from Ignite will work alongside a University Link Tutor to support schools and trainees in their reflective judgements.

Support is provided for trainees when making applications for NQT positions and due to the size and scale of the partnership, job opportunities are high.

School placements

During the training year, trainees will spend the autumn term in their main host school and the spring term in an alternative school. Trainees will then return to their main host school in the summer term, meaning that school based experience is split into three phases - an A,B,A model.

All trainees will gain extensive placement experience in both KS1 and KS2. Whilst on placement and during non-directed time, trainees will be able to gain experience across the school, observing and learning from staff in EYFS - Year 6. You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from subject specialists and curriculum / key leaders in school. Every day is a unique learning opportunity and we encourage all trainees to get involved in as many aspects of school life as possible, enabling them to gain the confidence and skill set to take on their own class the following September.

Placements will usually be in an Ignite Institute school. With over 25 schools in the partnership, the opportunity to learn in different contexts is strong and will enable trainees to get experience a range of different settings. Non-Ignite schools are able to host trainees but they must adhere to the training programme and mentoring requirements in place.

We will always take into consideration travel distances for our trainees and ensure that journey times to schools are reasonable and agreeable.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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

Teaching and shaping the lives of young people is one of the most rewarding career choices a person can make. We need candidates who have the passion and drive to mould children into learners able to cope with an ever-changing world. You should demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm when working with children.

Teaching is a demanding career choice and we are looking for candidates who are fully committed and believe that learning is life-long. The training course is intense and high levels of motivation and resilience are essential.

Other requirements

School Experience It is essential that applicants have suitable experience of working in a Primary School setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. It is desirable that such experience includes a range of year groups covering KS1 and KS2. The more experience an applicant can gain before applying for a place on the course, the greater the chance they will have of being successful.

If the number of applications far exceeds the number of places available on the course, applicants with little or no school experience will not be selected for interview.

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 £9,250

Fees are set by University of Chester - please check on the university website.

Financial support from the training provider

Please check DFE and University of Chester websites for details on loans and bursaries.

Ignite has no financial incentives for this course.

About the training provider

Ignite Institute is a diverse range of primary and secondary schools across the North West, committed to growing the next generation of primary and secondary school teachers through our School Direct PGCE programmes.

As a training provider, we are proud to work collaboratively with other local partnerships, offering specialist training in SEND and we are renowned for outstanding mentoring in our highly supportive schools. Trainees will receive bespoke training from outstanding practitioners, subject specialists and nationally renowned trainers, all of which will enable them to become highly effective teachers for 21st Century education.

For over 6 years, we have trained a growing number of Associate Teachers across EYFS, KS1/2/3 & 4 and have excellent employment rates. 95% of our trainees have gone on to secure jobs, with a high proportion of these in partnership schools. Following your training year, in partnership with Teaching School Hubs, Ignite are committed to supporting you in the next stage of your career, with networks and on-going outstanding training for you to access. We are delighted that many of our previous trainees are now progressing into roles of high responsibility and leadership within their schools.

For success stories from our previous trainees, please visit (http://www.welcometoignite.co.uk/itt/success-stories/)

We are looking for the next generation of high quality teachers. If you have passion for working with children and want to make a difference, Ignite is the ideal place to realise your potential and help you develop you into a highly skilled classroom practitioner.

Visit (www.welcometoignite.co.uk) for more information.

Interview process

If you are successful at the application stage and have met the application criteria, you will be invited for interview.

Our interview process consists of 3 components:

  • a formal interview
  • a live teaching session lasting 30 minutes with a group of children
  • a short written task and online maths task.

Feedback will be provided and if you are successful, an offer will be made. This offer may be conditional on successful completion of any courses you are currently undertaking and we will always look to promote as much ongoing experience in school as possible.

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

Ignite Institute is highly committed to supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs. Since our training programme began, we have accommodated and supported trainees with specific needs. Please contact us to discuss any questions you may have.

Contact this training provider

0151 355 2047
St Bernard's RC Primary School - A Voluntary Academy
Ellesmere Port
CH65 5EW

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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