Somers Park Primary School Primary (2RXP)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Somers Park is an excellent place to learn to be an outstanding teacher. We are extremely proud of our hugely successful PGCE: School Direct Primary ages 5-11 initial teacher training course run in partnership with the University of Worcester and our local school partners. This course is designed to give trainees experience and expertise in the primary age range (Year 1 to Year 6).

You will experience full immersion in day-to-day school life and feel valued as an integral part of our friendly, supportive and highly motivated team. Our flexible and dynamic personalised learning programme offers high quality learning opportunities ensuring a breadth and depth of experiences across all primary subjects with personal and academic support provided by highly skilled and experienced class teachers, mentors and tutors. Throughout your training you will have regular opportunities to observe and learn from outstanding teaching in a range of contexts.

Over the training period you will spend approximately 144 days in school and 30 undertaking university based training. School experience is split into three main blocks plus an enhanced placement to provide a range of contrasting experiences across the age range.

School placements

The course is designed with periods in University where you will: develop a Masters’ level understanding for the complex nature of teaching and learning; be taught by expert University tutors; and come together in peer group subject communities to reflect on your professional development as a trainee teacher. You will be allocated a personal Pedagogy and Professional Practice (PPP) tutor who will oversee your training journey and act as one of the key links in this.

In each of your two school experience schools you will be supported by a Lead Mentor, as well as your class teacher and University Supervisory Tutor. Your progress will be supported and developed by this key team as part of a three way tripartite model, underpinned by professional dialogue between trainee, School and university. You will receive a personalised training programme at Somers Park and your second placement planned around your own specific needs. Your progress and development will be regularly reviewed and you will be encouraged to reflect on your progress and plan next step learning opportunities with your class teachers and mentors. Throughout your training your Reflective Portfolio (RP) will enable you to gather evidence of your professional development against the Teaching Standards Parts1 and 2.

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.

Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) (for 2022 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency Test if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants until they achieve the required standard.

Other requirements

An Enhanced DBS check. As part of this you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List.

A check against the Prohibition List.

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

An online occupational health check. All those on a teacher training programme must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the DfE.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,800

About the training provider

School Direct teacher training is an inspiring, school-centred training route where you will be immersed in the day-to day workings of a thriving school community.

Everything we do at Somers Park is about the children. During their time at Somers Park, we enjoy seeing our learners grow into independent thinkers who have a thirst for learning and great enjoyment of school. This comes as a result of an interesting and progressive curriculum delivered by skilled and caring teaching and support staff.

Our Think. Know. Explain. Do. curriculum model flows through the school. Children are encouraged to challenge their own ideas and those of others, experiment and explore, they engage with experiences which support and develop the whole child.

We have enjoyed a highly successful partnership with The University of Worcester. Our partner schools have been carefully selected and provide further experiences and opportunities to ensure you are fully prepared to successfully gain employment and take on responsibility for your own classes at the conclusion of the course.

You will work closely with, and be mentored by, an experienced high quality classroom teacher - we have received many comments from students on the high quality of mentoring and coaching they have received. We are split across two contrasting sites meaning a large supportive team and a wealth of experience.

If you require more information about the training programme or school, please contact the Deputy Head, Laura Edkins,

About the accredited body

The course contains: A comprehensive induction programme. Personalised school mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme. Taught days at the University with subject specialist university tutors to link theory and classroom practice. On-going assessment against the Teachers’ Standards Reflective portfolio of evidence to achieve the Teachers’ Standards. The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables reflection on progress creation of a profile of skills, achievements and experiences.

Interview process

We would really welcome you to come and visit our school if you are thinking of applying. We believe you will get a real feel for our supportive, engaging and vibrant school so please come and see us! Email the Deputy Head, Laura Edkins to arrange

After application, you will have an online interview with someone from school and UW.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

At Somers Park, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background, in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Support is given to students, when needed, with both academic and pastoral needs. We signpost students to specialist services if required and work closely with our partner universities to support students.

Contact this training provider

Somers Park Primary School
Somers Park Avenue
WR14 1BN

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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