Pickwick Learning Primary (369B)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
North Wiltshire SCITT
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

Our inspirational school-based, QTS and PGCE programme (with 60 Masters credits) is delivered by expert teachers and enhanced by attending central training with Pickwick Learning, NWSCITT and sessions led by Bath Spa University. These aspects of the course bring together trainees from across the primary and secondary phases and from a range of schools, giving opportunities to network and reflect on different experiences to equip our trainees with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver creative and challenging teaching and learning.

Our curriculum reflects the ITT Core Content: Managing behaviour, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Behaviours. Examples of aspects covered include: How children learn, Behaviour for learning and strategies for assessment. Trainees also learn about the way that we teach specific subjects in the curriculum. These central training days are either held at NWSCITT’s centre at Royal Wootton Bassett, at Lawn Manor in Swindon or virtually.

On your placement you’ll be immersed in teaching and learning, gradually building up your teaching as your confidence grows and your skills and experience develop. You will be released to attend central training. During the Spring you will have a placement in a second setting in one of our partner schools. Trainees also have short placements in a Special School and in a secondary School. We encourage our trainees to use the opportunities available through our extensive network of school partnerships to widen your experience, develop peer support and build networks to support your professional development.

During your placements, you will be supported by your mentor (usually your class teacher). You’ll begin your placement on the first day of the school year and, as a member of staff in the school you work in, you’ll be expected to attend staff meetings and Training days as part of your development. School mentors are experienced, quality practitioners. They will support you in many different ways through coaching and mentoring, observations and feedback to ensure that you have the best possible preparation and training for embarking on your new career. You’ll also have opportunities to learn alongside the staff in your school to meet the varied needs of the children, adapting approaches and learning how to engage with parents and families, preparing you well for the challenges of teaching in the current climate.

There are 3 PGCE assignments , supported by central training sessions led by Bath Spa University at NWSCITT, Lawn Manor or virtually .

School placements

Placement schools are selected from across our partnerships which covers a wide geographical area across Wiltshire - from our base in Corsham, moving north to Malmesbury, across to Swindon and Marlborough, south to Warminster and Salisbury and into Dorset. This means that we are able to ensure that trainees do not have unreasonable distances to travel to their placement school from their home.

You will have 2 placement schools during your training year (within Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2.):

  • Host placement from September - December and then again from Easter – June.
  • You will attend your Complementary placement from January – Easter.

We have over 45 primary partnership schools working with us. When placing our trainees, we look at schools’ context, location and their capacity to support our trainees. (Please note - the school that you apply to on your application is for general location only. We cannot guarantee a placement at this school).

Alternative Placements:

In addition to the two main placements, we aim to offer trainees the experience of short secondary and specialist school placements to provide an understanding of alternative phase and alternative provision schools.

Teaching Timetable and Hours Worked:

  • The programme starts at the beginning of the school year
  • Trainees will initially observe in class, working alongside the class teacher before they begin team-teaching and small group teaching. Eventually, trainees will take on responsibility for entire classes, lesson planning and lesson sequencing.
  • Trainees can expect to begin by following a 40% teaching timetable, gradually increasing to 70%-80% by the end of the year.
  • Please expect to work full days during your course. It is also highly likely that you will be working outside of normal working hours at home to prepare school work and PGCE assignments. Central training days to run from 09.30am-4.00pm, subject to variation and there are occasional Twilight sessions. We always publish our programme timetable well-ahead to allow trainees to plan.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Excalibur Academies Trust
(St John’s Marlborough), Granham Hill, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4AX
Main Site
Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9YW

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.

Pickwick Learning and NWSCITT only accept equivalency tests from:

If you have an equivalency test from another provider, you will be required to retake one of the above tests.

Equivalency tests are only suitable for someone who has previously taken a GCSE and not achieved grade C/4 or higher. If you have not attempted the GCSE, you will need to take a full GCSE in the required subject.

Personal qualities

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic candidates who can demonstrate a passion for working with young learners to enable them to be the very best they can be. We will be looking for meaningful, relevant experience of working with children or young people and some observation and experience of classroom practice.

Other requirements

Safeguarding Commitment:

  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced (DBS) and barred list check. We will check against the Teacher Regulation Agency.
  • If you have lived abroad in the last 10 years, you will be required to present a Certificate of Good Conduct/Police Check from that country.
  • We reserve the right to check references/work history.
  • You will be subject to the Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006. Fitness to teach:
  • You will be required to complete a satisfactory medical report to show you meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Please contact us if you have questions about accessing any financial support available to you.

About the training provider

The Pickwick Learning School Direct Partnership is committed to developing our trainees as effective learners and effective teachers.

We provide a high quality and personalised programme for our trainee teachers who learn to teach ‘on the job’ in school from day one, observing and working alongside outstanding practitioners working within our large family of schools based across Wiltshire and the wider area.

We are very keen to support you as much as we can in finding a placement that best suits your needs and preferences. Although we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in a school of your choice, we will ensure that placements are in schools within reasonable distance from your home. Placements are in our partnership schools which offer Primary focussed training in a range of contexts. Our partnership schools are passionate about the importance of outstanding provision for our children as they progress through their school lives.

Training is delivered through personalised training with your own mentor and through central training sessions led by Specialist leaders, headteachers, deputy headteachers and classroom practitioners. Our staff are our most valuable resource with a proven track record for delivering high quality training and professional development. They are exemplary in their expectations and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. These practitioners are in the best position to prepare you for excellence in your own practice.

About the accredited body

We work closely with our accrediting body, North Wiltshire SCITT, and the SCITT team at Bath Spa University (both outstanding organisations in their Ofsted Inspections) to provide a high quality programme. We work with them to rigorously evaluate our programme to ensure we offer the best experiences for our trainee teachers, both through their QTS and PGCE, preparing them for the demands of the role of a teacher.

Interview process

Interviews for our programme (Primary QTS and PGCE with 60 Masters credits) are held at regular intervals throughout the year so that applications are processed efficiently.

Applicants are required to attend one interview session where they will be asked to prepare a short teaching task (based on a text of their choice for a Key stage 1 or Key stage 2 class) and a brief presentation.

Successful applicants are then asked to take two tests (English and Maths) to develop and support subject knowledge.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We are an inclusive organisation. All potential applicants are considered on an equal basis.

We will ensure that all candidates applying and securing a place to train with us will be provided, wherever possible, with the means to do so, by implementing reasonable adjustments as required which may include:

  • Ensuring access to training venues and schools
  • Providing additional time where required e.g. for PGCE assignments
  • Providing larger print and/or coloured paper
  • Additional support from School-based mentor / Teaching and Learning tutor
  • Ensuring all placement schools and venues are aware of any allergies and intolerances
  • Ensuring that candidates with hearing and/or sight impairments are seated appropriately to facilitate access to presentation content and instructions.

Please make us aware of any disabilities or other needs. We can assure you that all information will be treated in complete confidence.

Contact this training provider

01249 712387
Pound Pill
SN13 9YW

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).

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