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WCPSD Primary (3-7) (AP55)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

WCPSD is a school direct training programme that combines essential school based training alongside a specially designed training package.

The training programme provided aims to fully equip trainees with a wide range of skills necessary for the role. This includes training in all curriculum areas and additional training on safeguarding, SEND, EAL, Children Looked After, writing PSP’s, memory training and behaviour management. All training is evaluated by trainees and the training programme is reviewed annually using results from this feedback.

The course is a full-time, one-year training programme, structured around the school year. Trainees will be based in our schools and be regarded as a member of the team from the start.

At the start of the Autumn term, trainees will be assigned to a EYFS class within one of our schools. For the first few weeks they will spend their time working with small groups of children or team teaching, leading onto teaching whole lessons.

Alongside time on placement, trainees will follow a structured programme of pedagogical and subject knowledge training with both WCPSD training and Liverpool Hope University. This allows trainees to apply and develop their new-found knowledge and skills immediately in the classroom environment. During the latter part of the autumn term trainees will undertake their first, assessed teaching practice.

The Spring and Summer terms follow a similar pattern, with weekly training input from WCPSD/ Liverpool Hope University followed by an assessed teaching practice.

Trainees will move to a second school within the partnership for the Spring term within a KS1 setting and depending upon training needs and preferences, will either return to the original school or move to a third school for the summer term.

Trainees will experience both EYFS and KS1. Trainees academic study with Liverpool Hope University is spread over the year, commencing with an initial induction day in September.

School placements

The programme gives trainees a minimum of 120 days in school and 53 training days, 12 of which will be at Liverpool Hope University. Trainees will have a total of three placements, across two contrasting schools.

Placements take place across EYFS and key stage 1 .

All students prior to starting the course complete an audit to support placement of students. Throughout the year the audit is amended based upon gained experience, skills, knowledge and understanding so that students are able to be placed in the most suitable school to further support their development against the teachers standards. Our diverse partnership highly supports the differing experiences.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science or their equivalent.

  • Candidates will need to have, or anticipate having, a good honors degree ~ 2:1 or above (preferred).

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for all initial teacher training courses.

  • Fitness to Teach Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as candidates are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

Personal qualities

WCPSD are seeking individuals who are passionate about working with young people, demonstrate and are able to apply the skills of organisation, flexibility, reflection, evaluation and action to all aspects of the course and their career. Enthusiastic individuals who are able to communicate effectively with pupils, colleagues and parents on a range of levels.

In addition, candidates should possess:

  • The skills to support the Catholic ethos of schools and the education of the children.

  • Effective communication skills.

  • A commitment to work hard on the course.

  • Determination to succeed.

  • A readiness to listen and share.

  • A flexible approach to learning/teaching.

Other requirements

Applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. In addition, you will be required to disclose previous offences.

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as candidates are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Trainees are deemed to be students of higher education for the period of training and may receive student support (e.g. loans and bursaries) for the duration of their training. Once accepted onto the School Direct Training Programme, trainees should make an application for tuition fee loans through Student Finance England. The current cost of the programme is £9250.

About the training provider

Why train with us? The schools of ‘Wigan Catholic Primary School Direct’ are committed to providing an outstanding Catholic education to all of the pupils they serve. Wigan Catholic Primary School Direct is a large partnership of twenty-three Catholic primary schools spread across the Wigan Local Authority. WCPSD is made up of a range of developing, successful and outstanding primary schools with varying contexts, all of which have a shared common goal of training high quality teachers, with a vision for excellence. Working in partnership with Liverpool Hope University we are able to develop direct training that will have the academic and theoretical underpinning to allow trainees to become outstanding practitioners within the field of education.

The Catholic Church provides schools to: *Assist in its Mission of making Christ known to all people. *Assist parents in the education and religious formation of their child. *To be at the service of the local Church and be of service to society. *In order for Catholic schools to fulfil this Mission they need staff of the highest calibre who know, understand and value the teachings of Christ and “have the duty and privilege to ensure that the students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice”.

We will offer a unique training programme in conjunction with the developed expertise and pedagogical skills within the context of direct work experience in a Catholic school.

Interview process

We have a rigourous structure for the recruitement of trainees. All candidates are required to partake in a three stage interview day. Across the three stages, candidates are observed and interviewed by an experienced panel. The interview panel consists of the alliance lead, headteacher from the steering group and a headteacher from a partnership school. All tasks and interview questions are designed to allow candidates to show their potential with regards to subject knowledge, curriculum knowledge and their aptitude for teaching.

Part 1 Table teach: Candidates are required to plan, adapt and resource a short lesson for EYFS children, on a given objective. They are observed during this process by the panel, who are looking at the quality of their table teach and how the candidate interacts with the children.

Part 2 Formal Interview: The questions in the interview are designed to allow the candidate to demonstrate their knowledge surrounding Primary Education. The panel are looking to see how well the candidate has researched the industry and assess their potential.

Part 3 Curriculum Knowledge: In order to assess a candidate’s curriculum knowledge and to highlight future development points for the candidate, they are required to sit two level six SAT papers (SPAG and maths) and a written test to assess the quality of written English.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability or specific learning difficulty does not preclude application to study for qualifications in teaching . However, students who choose these courses are required to comply with the Fitness to Practise policies of the bodies which govern the respective professions (Department for Education). The Department for Education and Employment place a responsibility upon education and training providers to make sure that everyone who is registered as a Teacher is ‘physically and mentally fit’ to undertake the work they are training to do. Applicants are thus required to declare conditions which could be viewed as having a potential impact on their fitness to practice. Advice, guidance and support for applicants and students is available from the Education Department and also the Learning Support Team at Liverpool Hope University.

Contact this training provider

Lisa Hobden @ St Patrick's

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