Five Counties Teaching School Hub (South Glos and BANES) Primary (2PTC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cabot Learning Federation 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

The Five Counties TSH (formerly the South Glos Teaching School Alliance and NEXUS TSA) programme offers a one year, full-time course, based on the academic year starting in September 2023.

Our vision is to develop and prepare the teachers of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver creative and challenging teaching and learning in the Primary setting. The programme has been designed to ensure that you are expertly trained as a Primary teacher to take up your post as an outstanding NQT and is enhanced by attending training at the Cabot Learning Federations SCITT (CLF SCITT.)

Right from day one, trainees are treated as a member of staff and take part in all aspects of school life including attending all staff meetings and other CPD opportunities. Trainees attend one days joint training a week and then put their learning into practice straight away back in school so it really is learning on the job. Trainees work with their school-based mentor, who is responsible for supporting and guiding their professional development, ensuring that they have the opportunities that they need both within the school and drawing on expertise from other schools.

The staff in our schools are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record for delivering high quality training and professional development. They have high expectations and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers - they are in the best position to prepare trainee teachers for excellence in their own practice. They endeavour to support trainees in many different ways through coaching and mentoring, observations and feedback to ensure that they have the best possible preparation and training.

Training in school progresses from observing and working alongside an experienced teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups, and later for the whole class as the academic year progresses. Progress is assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competencies leading to profile reviews and assignments which link education/subject theory with the teaching and learning in the classroom.

The University aspect of the course brings together theory and practice and is carefully timetabled to ensure the work load dis not too high. Trainees have access to their extensive library, resources and tutor for support.

When you qualify, you will achieve a PGCE with QTS.

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School placements

Each candidate will have three placements, placements 1 and 3 will be in the same school and placement 2 will be in a contrasting school. Each trainee will complete at least one placement in key stage 1 (5 to 7) and at least one in key stage 2 (7 to 11). We work with our trainees to look at their strengths and interests in order to choose the right placement school for them. All of our placement schools are within a 2 mile radius. Trainees will also spend some time in the key stage before (EYFS) and after (Key Stage 3) to broaden their experience and understanding of children’s educational journey.

All of our placement schools are within a 2 mile radius to help you fit this around where you live.

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 positive, dynamic applicants who are committed and enthusiastic about working with Primary age children, wanting to share a genuine passion for learning. Applicants also need to demonstrate confidence, an aptitude for listening and learning, the ability to reason critically, ability to manage an often heavy workload, ability to meet deadlines and who show enjoyment working with others as part of a team.

Other requirements

The following entry requirements must be met:

  • Have been subject to a DBS enhanced disclosure and subject to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) regulations.
  • Have had recent experience of working with children in school or other settings, e.g. volunteering or paid employment in any sector for example schools, nurseries, crèche facilities, play groups, forest schools and adventure play grounds.
  • Fitness to work screening passed

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,000.

About the training provider

The Five Counties Teaching School Hub Alliance (South Glos and BANES), formerly the South Glos Teaching School Alliance, are working with a group of schools in South Gloucestershire to provide high quality, school led teacher training. Working alongside these schools, you will learn from excellent teachers who are keen to share their expertise. Each of the schools has their own specialism including one school with a resource base for children with social and communication needs.

Even though this group of schools are in a 2 miles radius, they all have different contexts giving you a really good grounding in teaching. We will work with you to identify your strengths and interests to find the best placement school for you. You will spend a large percentage of time in the class, applying what you have learnt straight away and we will make you feel like part of the school team from day one.

We are extremely proud of our work with trainee teachers and are committed to developing great teachers for the future. As we only have a small cohort of trainees, we really get to know you and tailor the training to suit individuals. We want the best possible teachers for our children and the majority of our trainees go on to gain a full time teaching position in one of our schools.

Interview process

Our aim is to invite applicants to interview who have the talent, commitment and enthusiasm to become outstanding Primary teachers.

Early application is recommended. Following your application, shortlisting will take place to invite appropriate candidates to interview. Interviews will take place from November to June.

Interviews last half a day and are held in one of the group of schools, where candidates will be asked to complete various tasks. This will include working with a small group of children. During the interview, we will have an informed discussion with candidates on teaching and learning, subject knowledge, the curriculum and previous school and/or setting experience. The interview will also explore your commitment and potential to become a teacher, including your professionalism and ability to manage the challenges and pressures of the course.

Successful candidates will be offered a place on the course subject to fulfilling entry criteria and further checks.

We are looking for people who are committed, hard working and have potential and most importantly, who love working with children. We are not after the finished article.

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 understand that many disabled students will have additional support needs to enable them to access their course. We support all candidates with disabilities and other needs such as dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions, putting an individualised package of support in place for each trainee. This might include ICT support and software, extra mentor support, specialist equipment, parking arrangements and reasonable adjustments for coursework.

Contact this training provider

Church Farm Road
Emersons Green
BS16 7EY

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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