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Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance Design and technology (2QBF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

Cheshire Vale Teaching Support Alliance, working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, provides a school led initial teacher training programme. Our course offers in-depth professional development experiences and is delivered by expert teachers drawn from our partnership schools. Each school will also develop a more bespoke Professional Development Programme to match the needs of the individual trainees placed at that school.

You will attend regular taught sessions at LJMU which focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy. Sessions are led by subject experts and are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become confident teachers. In addition, university led lectures and seminars develop student teachers’ confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. Sessions are largely workshop-based and participatory so that theoretical, research-informed teaching is explicitly linked to its practical implications for the classroom. You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through 2 Modules. The course team and our partnership schools have worked together to ensure that the PGCE Award is both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic modules. Trainees also submit one academic essay in two parts which focuses on reflecting on aspects of your practice.

School placements

In addition to attending regular training at LJMU over the course, you will complete your training in 2 schools. You will be assigned to a home school for the majority of your training. When allocating home schools, we aim to accommodate geographical preferences across our alliance wherever possible and this will be discussed with you at interview. You should advise at application/interview stage, if you will be reliant on Public Transport when the Course starts.

Home school placements are confirmed in July, prior to the start of the course. You will join your home school at the beginning of September.

You will spend half a term, from January to February, at an alternate placement and then return to your home school to complete your training.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree-Applications are welcomed from high quality graduates or holders of equivalent qualifications or those in the final year of their degree programme. At the start of your teacher training you must hold a relevant first degree from a UK higher education institution with a degree classification of 2:2 (Hons) or above. GCSEs- Grade C/4 (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language prior to application. For the purpose of initial teacher training level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C/4 in Mathematics or English.

Personal qualities

Teaching is both a demanding and rewarding job. Applicants need to be enthusiastic and committed and able to take responsibility for their continuing professional development. They need to value and respect all the students they work with and be concerned for raising their educational achievement. They need to respect students’ social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds and have the highest expectations for all. Applicants need to demonstrate that they are capable of reflective practice; that they can learn from their experiences and use research and understanding to inform their work with young people.

Other requirements

You are required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

About the training provider

The Cheshire Vale TSA is a group of more than 25 Secondary and Primary schools working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and key partners from across Cheshire and the Wirral including Chester, Northwich, The Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Helsby and rural Cheshire and can provide a variety of teaching experiences in a range of schools which can be viewed at (

As an Alliance it is our mission to provide high quality, school based initial teacher training. We know our provision ensures trainees feel fully prepared for life in the classroom and a career in teaching. Trainee teachers will have the benefit of working with a strong alliance of schools during their training year. You will train in one of our alliance schools who have a strong history of highly successful teacher-training, where you will receive intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.

Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and high quality training from experienced school staff and Liverpool John Moores University tutors. You will be given the opportunity to spend much of your time ‘improving your teaching and students learning experiences’ with high quality school placements from across our Teaching Support Alliance.

Interview process

Applications are screened initially by the Admissions and Information Officer at LJMU.

Interviews take place in one of our partner schools and take about half a day. Your interview will include:

  • A formal interview
  • Deliver a 30-minute lesson to approximately 12 x KS3 students, (Details will be forwarded prior to interview)
  • Tour of the school
  • Complete and Unseen, Timed, Written task - This is an opportunity for you to further demonstrate your enthusiasm for your subject.

Please note - Due to the current global pandemic surrounding Covid-19, Interview processes are subject to change and may be conducted by telephone or online. We will notify you of any changes to interview structure as soon as possible. In the event that they are carried out remotely, we will still follow the above procedure albeit with some amendments to how it is delivered.

At the end of the interview you will be asked if you have a geographical preference for your home school placement should you be successful in securing a conditional offer of a place on our School Direct course.

After the interview your application will be considered and you will be notified later that day whether you have been successful and, if so, you will be given details of the conditions of any offer.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our University partner LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity. Their Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you’ll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.

All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and within our partner schools. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with LJMU’s Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.

Contact this training provider

01829 733868
Cheshire Vale Teaching Support Alliance c/o Tarporley High School and 6th Form College
Eaton Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021