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Shropshire Primary Partnership Primary (2S4X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chester
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 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

Trainees will complete a total of 180 days of training. 60 days will be academic study and 120 days will be based in the classroom, observing and building up to whole class teaching as soon as possible.

The benefit of School Direct, as opposed to the conventional PGCE, is that the School Direct programme is based around school embedded learning with trainees spending a minimum of two days per week in classrooms from the second week of the programme resulting in more confident, independent and effective teachers.

Trainees will be trained as part of a supportive group and modules will be delivered across the year to all Shropshire Primary Partnership trainees. There will be a range of modules including Meeting Children’s Needs - within and beyond the classroom, Pedagogical Excellence, The Creative and Effective Curriculum and Reflective Practice.

University staff will deliver the PGCE elements of the course at The University Centre, Shrewsbury and local practitioners will lead tuition in the subject specific areas. A typical week may include one day’s university training, two day’s school-led training (some of which will include personal study) and two day’s classroom practice implementing theory into practice. This flexible structure with its blend of academic and practitioner expertise ensures that theory is embedded into practice at the earliest possible opportunity.

Successful completion of our programme will provide candidates with Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in either Primary or Early Years (3-7) Education.

School placements

On appointment, trainees will be placed with a School Direct host school and be provided with an experienced professional tutor and a university based tutor as well as an alliance based team to support you throughout your PGCE programme.

There are a series of three school block placements across which trainees will experience outstanding teaching in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 within a variety of contexts in a range of good or outstanding schools within the Shropshire Primary Partnership:

Beginning Placement - 4 weeks in November/December Developing Placement - 5 weeks in January/February Extending Placement - 8 weeks in April/May/June

Please note that your school placements could be at any of our partner schools. You will need to take into consideration travel time and distances that may be involved though we will try to take personal circumstances into consideration when placing trainees. Our partner schools are located in and around the Shrewsbury and North Shropshire area.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Shrubbery Gardens, Wem, Shrewsbury, SY4 5BX
Woodfield Infant School
Woodfield Road, Copthorne, Shrewsbury, SY3 8LU

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum degree required: Upper Second Applications are invited from graduates with a good honours degree (a minimum of 2:1 classification), or from students in the final year of their degree anticipating at least a 2.1 classification. However, we will consider applicants with a 2.2 classification on an individual basis, provided they can demonstrate excellent potential to become a successful teacher.

Applicants must have GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science. It is desirable to have at least 5 GCSE grades at Grade C or 4, or above. It is possible to use equivalency tests in place of GCSEs.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have an empathy and understanding of the demands of teaching in the primary classroom. You should enjoy working with young people and see teaching as a wider professional duty.

As part of the interview process you will be required to teach part of a lesson so we can gauge your clarity of explanations as well as how you engage with our young people.

We are looking for the highest quality graduates who may well bring further work-related experience from previous careers which can help to strengthen their application.

Other requirements

We are looking for applicants who are able to commit the time needed to the training programme which will include academic assignments and study. We would like candidates who want to be involved in the wider pastoral and extra-curricular life of our schools and who can give the time to this during their training year.

Your own transport would be advantageous so you can easily access your school placements within Shropshire.

All candidates will be required to undertake DBS clearance via the University of Chester prior to the course commencing.

Fees and financial support

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

Course fees can be covered by a Student Loan as with all university courses and repayments will only start once full time employment begins.

Financial support from the training provider

The course is non-salaried.

About the training provider

Shropshire Primary Partnership is a partnership of successful and outstanding schools across Shrewsbury and North Shropshire. St Peter’s CE Primary School, Wem is the lead Teaching School for the Primary School Direct programme and Woodfield Infant School, Shrewsbury is the lead school for the Early Years programme, delivering local high quality training in partnership with other successful Shropshire primary phase schools.

Our unique selling point is that we are able to provide high quality teacher training, locally delivered within Shropshire by outstanding practitioners and university staff with placements in successful and outstanding local schools. Local high quality training for local teachers. Our commitment is to deliver an outstanding, locally delivered school-centred PGCE programme based in local schools. trainees and graduates studying with us will be exposed to the highest quality teaching and learning strategies; our aim is to nurture and develop the beliefs, values and self-motivation that trainees will need throughout their careers, thus making them more appealing to future employers.

The high quality local delivery aspect ensures local trainees no longer need to travel long distances to an alternative Higher Education provider.

Interview process

We are looking for candidates who have an empathy and understanding of the demands of teaching in a primary classroom. You should enjoy working with children and want to get involved with the life of the school beyond the classroom. Confidence in front of a classroom of children is essential which is why we would encourage all applicants to find some voluntary observation experience before applying. As part of the interview process you will be required to teach part of a lesson so we can gauge your clarity of explanations as well as how you engage with our young people.

We will receive your application via UCAS and this will be reviewed by senior colleagues from Shropshire Primary Partnership and our University partner. We will look at your experience and qualification relevancy and will invite you to interview if your application meets our criteria. If you are unsuccessful at this stage, you will be notified via UCAS.

If successful, you will be invited to interview at school which will involve a mini-teach activity, literacy test and a formal interview. The programme will be sent to you in advance and you will have 7 days to respond to the invitation. You should allow half a day for your interview.

If an offer of a place is made, it will either be unconditional or conditional based upon successful completion of your degree, if you are still at university, or on the basis of gaining more experience observing in a primary school.

Training with disabilities and other needs

St Peter’s CE Primary School and Woodfield Infant School, the lead schools in the alliance, have disablity access to all parts of their sites and buildings. This is the case for some of our partner schools, but not all and applicants may want to bear this in mind when applying to us.

The disability and inclusion team at the University of Chester provides confidential information, advice and guidance to disabled students. This includes students with specific learning differences, long-standing health conditions, mental health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and sensory impairment. Staff will support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning

Contact this training provider

01743 343812
Shrubbery Gardens

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021