The Learning Institute South West [School Direct]
Primary (5-11) (2SHS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Learning Institute South West
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.

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


About the course

The course will start on Friday 4th September 2020. You will spend most of your first 2 weeks undertaking central training in our facilities in Roche. On completion of induction period, all trainees start their main school placement. Most training weeks you will be in your school placement from Monday to Thursday with Fridays reserved for General Professional Study days (GPS), which mostly take place at Roche. You need to undertake a second school placement. This normally happens from February until Easter. After the Easter holidays, trainees are back in their main placement. You will be assigned a School Based Tutor, who mentors and oversees training and your progress on a daily basis in school. You will also work closely with their Visiting Tutor, who provides additional guidance. We provide a purpose-built bank of structured portfolios to ensure that the collection of evidence against the Teaching Standards (required for QTS) is a meaningful and instructive process. Portfolio evidence is considered in conjunction with feedback from School-based and Visiting Tutors to provide interim and final assessment judgements and targets. Grading for QTS takes the form of Pass/Fail. The optional PGCE academic award requires you to complete a series of complementary tasks supported by the content of the taught modules. All routes to teaching can be enhanced by the completion of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) provided in partnership with Newman University. A PGCE is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted across the UK and internationally as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standards expected for entry to the teaching profession. Through the completion of two Level 7 modules structured using innovative and supportive assessment techniques, you will learn to engage critically with policy, practice, theoretical perspectives and research findings, so as to enhance your practice.

Interview process

Following your application through UCAS, shortlisting will take place to invite appropriate candidates to interview. This rigorous process will involve:

  • children voice panel
  • discussion with an interview panel
  • reflective activity including maths skills assessment

Interviews by TLISW staff will be held in Primary Schools throughout Cornwall and Devon. You will be asked to bring with you a number of original documents, such as examination certificates, evidence of residency and proof of identity, for verification.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and you are therefore required to disclose all criminal convictions, including any which may be ‘spent’. You should also include details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings at the time of interview.

How school placements work

In The Learning Institute we believe a friendly and happy school environment constitutes a creative and supportive learning platform for trainees. We will work with you in finding the right school for them to complete their training. The list of our partner schools can be found on our website. You will need to complete at least 2 school placements and train across 4 year groups (KS1 and KS2).


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

For further details please check our website Student Loans and Other Finance

Financial support

You may also 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.



a) A good degree (2.2 or above). Equivalent qualifications may also be considered. b) GCSE or O levels in English and Maths at Grade C /4 or above. We will consider candidates who are currently working towards these qualifications. We can offer equivalency tests in English and Maths; however we do encourage potential teachers to pursue full GCSEs for their own professional development. c) Following interview, successful candidates will need to complete Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment administered by TLISW

Personal qualities

We are looking for positive, dynamic applicants who are committed and enthusiastic about working with children and sharing their passion for learning.

You should demonstrate: a) Potential to become an outstanding, reflective practitioner. b) Ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English. c) Resilience to cope with the demands of an exacting profession. d) Commitment and motivation for successful study, including the potential intellectual capacity for academic study at Masters’ level.

Other requirements


  • Recent experience of working with children in schools or other settings. This may include: nurseries, outdoor education facilities or as a support worker.

About the training provider

The Learning Institute South West is a well-regarded SCITT with over 10 years of experience. Since starting in 2004, the SCITT has trained over 500 teachers with exceptional employment rates. As a part of WeST (Westcountry Schools Trust) and working in close partnership with Southerly Point Co-Operative Multi Academy Trust, The Learning Institute prepares all trainees for a successful career in the modern world of teaching. We are committed to developing the school leaders of the future through our values-led programmes; supporting reflective practice and principled decision-making. Our postgraduate teacher training programmes are school based. This is the best way to experience all aspects of school life, learning from outstanding practising teachers. Across the year you will be supported by mentors and our experienced tutor team. ‘Trainees receive excellent support from their schools and visiting tutors. ’External Moderator 2018. School-based learning is supported by regular taught sessions to help you develop your teaching skills with greater depth and understanding. Our trainees benefit from a friendly supportive environment. External Moderators report: ‘Leaders ensure that the well-being of trainees is a high priority’. We are able to treat trainees as individuals and understand that trainees coming into teaching have different background and strengths. We offer personalised programmes to enable bespoke learning opportunities. We offer a range of routes into teaching, including SCITT, School Direct and postgraduate apprenticeship.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will support and advise people with special needs who wish to come into teaching and when necessary access the appropriate resources to meet their goals.

Medical conditions are confidentially assessed by Cornwall Council’s Occupational Heath advisers, who make impartial recommendations about candidates’ suitability and readiness for teaching profession.

By raising awareness of all strands of diversity, we aim to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunities. We are preparing our trainee teachers to become good global citizens, and to appreciate the diverse society in which they live.

TLISW has a workforce which reflects the differences of our trainees which in turn will help to shape responsive teachers. We appreciate that talents reside in people of all backgrounds.

Contact details

Parc Eglos School
Church Hill
TR13 8UP


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