Aspire Education Alliance Primary (2Q3G)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
Financial support

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Salaried applicants are fully responsible for sourcing their own school for placements. The Headteacher will need to confirm by email to Aspire they will financially support the applicant on the programme. Costs: University fee, Salary and Aspire training fee of £3000.

The School Direct PGCE (QTS) programme has three distinct modules. These are:

  • School Experience
  • Studies and Professional Issues in Education
  • Curriculum Studies

School Experience Outline how School Experience works in your context You will spend approximately 6 weeks of the programme in University. In this time you will have mix of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.

The Primary PGCE (QTS) Programme is taught and assessed at Masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with level 7 credits equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.

Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
The SPIRE module focuses upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.

Curriculum Studies
For students following a School Direct pathway this module will focus specifically upon Learning Theory and will ask students to reflect upon the impact that research in this area has on the policy and practice of their school.

School placements

Salaried applicants are fully responsible for sourcing their own school for placements. The Headteacher will need to confirm by email to Aspire they will financially support the applicant on the programme. Costs: University fee, Salary and Aspire training fee of £3000.

The Primary PGCE Programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in one of three age phases. These are:

  • 3-7 ( with placement in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1)
  • 5-11 (with placement in Key Stages 1 and 2)
  • 7-11 (with placements in Upper and Lower Key Stage 2).

You will be asked at interview to select the age phase you are most interested in working with.

You will be based in your ‘host school’ from the first day of term and spend the training year in the same class, except from approximately six weeks which is spent in your second placement school. The second placement will be in a different school in a contrasting primary age phase- or in a mainstream setting if your host school is a Special school.

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in urban settings and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with children. You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.

Other requirements

Salaried applicants are fully responsible for sourcing their own school for placements. The Headteacher will need to confirm by email to Aspire they will financially support the applicant on the programme. Costs: University fee, Salary and Aspire training fee of £3000.

You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we do ask that you spend a minimum of 5 days in a primary school in the last 5 years to ensure that you are fully aware that the profession is right for you.


As a salaried trainee your salary will be calculated using the the unqualified teachers’ pay scales. Your host school will pay the university fee.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Warren Junior School (Aspire Education Alliance) is the Lead School for School Direct in the primary phase including special, offering salaried and tuition placements. Our host schools are good or outstanding schools. We deliver a supportive Professional Study programme, for trainees and mentors, which runs alongside the university PGCE programme.

We have a 100% success rate with trainees all transitioning into their NQT year, mostly within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Our purpose built Teaching School building ensures all trainees have an excellent environment to study, with facilitators who are outstanding school leaders and classroom practitioners.

The School Direct training programme is open to both top graduates and career changers. It offers talented individuals the chance to be part of a teaching team from day one by combining teacher training with on the job learning. The support and guidance given to all trainees ensure that the placements are successful and work in harmony with the university. Trainees are based in their ‘host school’ for the year with a second placement of up to six weeks in a contrasting age range during the spring term. All mentors are experienced teachers and senior leaders.

Why choose School Direct with us?

  • High quality school-based training
  • Train in supportive, creative, good and outstanding schools
  • Outstanding practitioners and lead teachers delivering the programme
  • A proven track record of successful teacher training
  • All trainees will benefit from an experience in a special school setting

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Interview process

The interview panel will normally consist of two people, one person from the Lead School (where the interview is taking place) and one person from Goldsmiths. There will be a number of steps to complete as part of the interview which includes a small group task and the face-to-face interview. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions specifically about the PGCE Programme and school placements.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We recognise inclusivity and diversity- we support individuals that require special assistance and have additional needs.

Contact this training provider

0208 270 4680
Warren Junior School, Gordon Road
Chadwell Heath

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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