Ignite Institute Business studies (D068)

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

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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The course starts in September with your first placement starting immediately. You will spend most of your time in school with a dedicated subject mentor and a professional mentor who will oversee your training. You will be part of the school community from day one. You will start observing lessons from a wide range of teachers and subjects and you will gradually start teaching at a pace that suits you. You will be guided every step of the way by our experienced mentors and teachers. Approximately 80% of your time will be spend in school with the remaining 20% spent attending University based lectures, subject support sessions and enrichment activities as well as spending a week studying the transition from Primary to Secondary school. You will also observe practice in a Special Education setting. We will provide you with a rich range of experiences, carefully planned out to guide you as you work towards QTS.

School placements

You will have three placements in an ABA model, with two of them being in the same school setting. You will be teaching students aged 11 to 18 over the course of your three placements. Your placements will usually be in St John Plessington Catholic College and in St Mary’s Catholic College. We will not be able to confirm until all places have been allocated which school you will start in so please be prepared to travel to either school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

We will accept applicants with a 2.2 degree with additional experience or extenuating circumstances. Please note that this may affect funding which is available.

Your degree subject should be in business studies or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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

It is essential that applicants have suitable experience of working in a school setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. It is desirable that such experience includes a range of year groups covering KS3 and KS4. 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 you wish to organise some school experience, please contact Ciara O’Connor - ciaraoconnor@inspirelearningtsh.co.uk

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

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

We will invite you to one of your placement schools to observe teaching, meet current Associate Teachers and tour the school. We will ask you to take part in a short teaching episode to enable to you to interact with students. You will have an interview with the Head of Department and the School Direct ITT Lead. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

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

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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