Ventrus Training school Primary (32VP)

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

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT Consortium
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

Our schools direct route offers school experience from day 1. Gain an in-depth understanding of how young children aged 5–11 think, develop and learn. We offer two contrasting placement schools during the programme where you will combine practical, real-world learning with the study of children’s communication, thinking and relationships. Supported by our inspirational staff, you will satisfy the standards for qualified teacher status and start your journey to becoming an outstanding primary school teacher.

The placements in school are enriched with specific face to face training days at Somerset SCITT Somerset SCITT’s curriculum is based on our INSPIRE principles:

  • Inclusivity

  • Nurturing Behaviour

  • Support and progress of pupils though assessment

  • Promoting high expectations

  • Instilling confidence

  • Response to and critically engage with research and national developments

  • Enhance trainees subject and pedagogical knowledge

This makes our course a blend of focused ‘in school experience’ and time away from the classroom to complete specific study areas; thus giving students time and space to reflect, share and learn form each others experiences in a variety of school settings. Ventrus also offer study days to support crucial assessment periods.

School placements

The programme will allow you to spend time in two main placements both different in their context.

The two placements will be focused on different Key Stage experiences and will be in different schools in the partnership

Primary trainees have specialist input from our EYS to KS2 colleagues.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for students with the potential to become excellent teachers through drive, passion and the ability to be critically reflective.

Students who are excited and motivated by primary age children and have a clear interest in primary education is a must!

Life experience is welcomed alongside successful academic achievement.

Other requirements

Other requirements Additional mandatory requirements are:

  • DBS Check
  • Health check
  • Proof of Identification
  • Suitable references
  • To comply with KCSIE (2022) online search of all shortlisted candidates will be completed.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

About the training provider

Ventrus is a dynamic and exciting group of schools that puts learning and people development at its core. We believe in investing in our staff to become great teachers who in turn provide the very best for the pupils in our care.

We are a large group of 15 primary schools and a large Community College situated across Devon. We offer a rich diversity of training settings from small rural village schools to large City schools, from South Brent near Plymouth, Exeter and surrounding area, Tiverton, Bickleigh, Sidbury, Hemyock and Barnstaple. We work closely with both Plymouth and Exeter University.

Ventrus Teaching School collaborates with a number of South West partner organisations with a proven track record of;

  • excellent school to school support
  • rich CPD
  • leadership training for all career stages.

We have considerable expertise and success in ITT.

Our partner provider for our School Direct placements is Somerset SCITT, an OFSTED rated OUTSTANDING provider, with whom we have a long and established relationship of quality training.

Ventrus has developed strong and exciting school networks to support our early career teachers as well as provide leadership pathways to middle and senior posts, being committed to supporting our trainees beyond their PGCE year.

We pride ourselves on nurturing supportive and exciting pathways into teaching and knowing our students and individuals. We are a ‘can do’ organisation offering you the best start to your career into the best profession ever!

Interview process

If an applicant is successfully shortlisted they will be invited to attend a virtual interview which comprises of 3 components:

  • Presentation
  • Formal Interview with members of the ITT team
  • Book Activity - pre set task

We work hard to make sure our interview process is accessible to all potential students.

We believe strongly that the interview process is ‘two way’ and we aim to provide our potential students with direct opportunities to interview us as a provider and organisation so that they are able to make informed decisions about whether we offer the what they are seeking. We appreciate that the section of the right training provider is a crucial and important decision.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We welcome all students whatever your needs and will work with you and support you fully as an individual to achieve your best outcomes whilst training to be a teacher.

Teachers with disabilities, make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. We value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying – we’ve put together some information on the support available while you train to teach.

It’s a personal choice if you want to inform your school and/or university of your disability. The advantage of disclosure is that it enables support and reasonable adjustments to be put in place. In addition, specialist equipment, extra funding and support, can help you achieve your ambition of becoming a teacher.

The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, requires teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). We comply fully with this legislation

The Equality Act 2010 also sets out that disability is a ‘protected characteristic’. This means we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments. Common reasonable adjustments include:

making modifications to buildings where possible offering flexible working hours providing specialist equipment

Contact this training provider

01392 256020
The Duchy School
Bowley Meadow

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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