Bristol Redcliffe Open Interchange
Music (2Q38)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Bristol
Financial support
Bursary or 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our training programme in many ways mirrors the life of a “real” teacher as you are based in school from the very start of the school year and for the majority of the course.

The School Direct training with Bristol Redcliffe Open Interchange runs alongside the University of Bristol’s PGCE programme so that when you successfully complete the course you are awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to attain additional Masters’ credits. Your training will therefore be split between school experience (27 weeks) and university lectures and subject workshops (10 weeks spread over the year).

Over the year you will teach in at least two schools within the partnership. In your main, or home, school you will benefit from a school based induction and observation programme at the start of the year, including some time in a Primary School. This will introduce you to the initial skills and knowledge you need to have a successful year. All schools in the partnership have comprehensive and diverse intakes and you will get experience with young people of all abilities and at all key stages.

The most effective learning happens when time is provided for collaborative learning and reflection. Consequently we have designed the course so that there is time to study your subject specialism with peers at the University and time to develop your skills within the school setting.

This is a Masters level qualification and you will be required to complete research assignments as part of the course. Some of these are subject specific and others will deepen your understanding of broader educational issues such as what it means to be an inclusive school. The assignments are all very practical in nature and directly linked to supporting and developing your practical teaching skills.

Assessment takes place throughout the year and takes the form of assessed practical teaching against the Teachers’ Standards and the course work assignments set by the University of Bristol. Successful completion of the programme requires passes in practical teaching and in all assignments; the marking criteria for both are explicitly linked to the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Interview process

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School is the lead school for the Bristol Redcliffe Open Interchange and will co-ordinate the recruitment process. Interviews are normally held here but may also take place in one of our alliance schools over the course of a morning or afternoon. The interview will give you an opportunity to meet a subject mentor and a Professional Tutor; a subject tutor from the University of Bristol will also be involved.

Interviews will include

  • A small scale teaching task to give you the opportunity to interact with a group of students
  • A subject based interview
  • An interview with a professional tutor exploring wider professional issues
  • A subject based written task.

Applicants invited to interview will receive full details in advance.

How school placements work

Schools within the partnership currently include 5 diverse, urban secondary schools:

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School Redland Green School Cotham School Oasis Academy Brightstowe Oasis Academy John Williams

Each school has its own distinct ethos and individual areas of expertise to offer trainee teachers. Over the year you will teach in at least 2 of the schools that offer a complementary experience. One of these will be your Home School where you complete your initial school experience at the start of September and where you will teach for the whole of the Spring Term (January until Easter) and a shorter placement of 4-5 weeks in the summer term (May - June). Your first teaching placement in the Autumn term (October / November) will be in your second or complementary school. You will also spend time in a Bristol Primary school at the start and end of your training year as well as having opportunities for other experiences such as visiting a Special School, Sixth Form College or Pupil Referral Unit. Your school placements will be interspersed with time at the University School of Education.

You can express a preference for a placement at a specific school in the partnership at interview but we cannot promise to meet your request.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £18,100

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You should have a degree qualification with a 2:2 or above, or an equivalent qualification, in a subject relevant to your proposed main teaching subject. Depending upon the content of your degree, where applicants show the potential to be good teachers at interview we may ask you to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.

You will also require GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above - or its equivalent, prior to the start of the course.

Personal qualities

We are seeking to recruit creative, resilient and reflective trainees who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities and backgrounds. We hope that you will be able to demonstrate

  • commitment to teaching in diverse city schools
  • passion for improving the life chances of young people and removing barriers
  • the ability to communicate subject knowledge in a creative and engaging manner
  • resilience and self-awareness
    • an awareness of what working with young people involves
  • awareness of current educational issues

Other requirements

All applicants in receipt of offers will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child and adult workers as well as a health questionnaire.

About the training provider

Our vision is to train educators who can transform the lives of young people within the diverse communities served by Bristol schools. In order to achieve this we are seeking to recruit and train teachers who share our passion for developing pupil’s knowledge, skills and values so that they can flourish and thrive.

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, the lead school, is a designated Teaching School and rated “Oustanding” by Ofsted.

As a smaller provider we aim to offer a bespoke programme. The training you receive will support you in your journey to becoming an excellent teacher and will include:

  • Experience of teaching within at least 2 of our diverse range of schools within the city so that you develop a wide range of skills and expertise, including post-16.
  • Training that draws upon the expertise of Specialist Leaders in Education
  • Personalised one to one mentoring and coaching that supports you to develop as a reflective practitioner

Every young person has the potential to achieve and succeed. Our programme is designed so that the next generation of teachers have the skills and expertise in order to make this happen. Successful applicants will have an opportunity to learn within a dynamic, constructive and supportive environment and be in a position to transform the lives of young people in the city.

70% of our trainees in the past 2 years are now teaching in schools in the Bristol area with others successfully securing teaching posts elsewhere.

About the accredited body

We have a long standing relationship with the School of Education at the University of Bristol and our school direct trainees enjoy full access to their training programme, currently rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. This includes training in subject specific pedagogy and broader educational issues such as classroom management and teaching students with special educational needs. This complements and supports your school-based experience. You will also be supported by a subject specialist university tutor

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs and will discuss particular requirements at interview. We have schools within our alliance that are fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility. Disabled parking can be arranged at several sites.

We also draw upon the support services of our accredited provider which include the University’s Occupational Health department, their Disability Service and Counselling team.

Contact details

0117 377 2100
Somerset Square


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