Holt Heath Teaching Alliance Primary (3DJZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Train to be a Primary Teacher through Holt Heath Teaching Alliance, Dorset. The Holt Heath Teaching Alliance consists of six schools including both Primary and Pre School provision. We are committed to outstanding teacher training provision and pride ourselves on providing the highest quality training for our teachers of tomorrow.

School Direct gives an innovative opportunity to access high quality school based initial teacher training with our accredited HEI provider, the University of Winchester, to offer School Direct non salaried placements. We are an outstanding National Teaching School with a proven track record of training the next generation of teachers.

Trainees will be placed in a base school for the school year, with a dedicated mentor, support from our teaching school and our tutor from Winchester University. Training days are provided each Friday either at the University or at one of our six schools.

There will be 3 written assignments required over the course of the school year.

We will:

  • Provide an outstanding academic ‘hands on’ school based experience in a variety of settings

  • Offer a bespoke training package

  • Offer employment at the end of training where suitable vacancies arise, or assist with gainful employment within our alliance of schools

School placements

We are able to provide an outstanding academic “hands on” school based experience across a wide range of settings, by accessing the skills and experience of our schools, heads and staff within our six schools in our Trust. We have five first schools and one primary school within our alliance/Trust.

Prior to commencement of the programme trainees are asked for their preference for which key stage they would like to be placed in for their base school and where possible we try to accommodate this whilst also taking in to account the key stages each of our six schools can accommodate.

Our six schools are located in the following areas: St. Ives Primary & Nursery School (St. Ives, Ringwood) Three Legged Cross First & Nursery School (Three Legged Cross, Wimborne) St. Mary’s CE First & Nursery School (West Moors, Ferndown) Oakhurst Community First & Nursery School (West Moors, Ferndown) Sixpenny Handley First School (Sixpenny Handley, Salisbury) St. James’ CE First School (Alderholt nr Fordingbridge)

With the combination of both the base school placement and 2nd placement each placement then provides a good range of experience to trainees across both Key Stage 1 and 2.

2nd placements take place for the trainees during the Spring Term for a duration of 12 weeks.

Interview process

Following receipt of an application form for School Direct, this will be reviewed for shortlisting. Applicants are notified of the outcome and if they have been successful are then invited for interview.

Our selection process for our interviews has four main elements as follows:

  1. Story Telling Activity (30 minutes)
  2. Maths Task (45 minutes)
  3. English Task (30 minutes)
  4. Individual panel interview (30 minutes)

The results of all these aspects will be used to determine whether School Direct is the appropriate course for applicants. During the interview process we may seek further clarification on information provided to us on application forms.

At the time of being invited for interview, applicants are provided with the following information:

  1. A timetable for the day, which outlines the time of the individual panel interview as well as the class that applicants have been assigned for the story telling activity.
  2. Further details on the story telling activity, in order to allow applicants to prepare for this activity.
  3. Two articles, which applicants are advised to read to allow them to prepare for their English Task.

The interview panel will consist of: Laura Crossley – Headteacher & Lead for Holt Heath Teaching Alliance – St. Ives Primary & Nursery School. A representative from the University of Winchester.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,500

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.



The minimum requirements are:

2:1 degree. However a 2:2 degree would be considered if other evidence in an application is strong.

English, Maths, Science - GCSE Grade C+.

Meaningful experience across the primary key stages.

Equivalencies to academic qualifications could be considered on an individual basis, please contact us for clarification of their suitability.

Other requirements

Following interview, a conditional offer of a place on our programme includes the following:

Completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check.

Completion of an Occupational Health check to confirm that you are fit to teach.

The University will provide you with full details and further information about these checks once you have accepted our conditional offer.

About the training provider

We are committed to outstanding teacher training provision and pride ourselves on providing the highest quality training for our teachers. We believe School Direct gives an innovative opportunity to access high quality school based initial teacher training and this is in partnership with our accredited HEI provider, The University Of Winchester. Our training programme offers a combination of training days provided by both our teaching school and the University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are fully committed to supporting applicants with disabilities and any special requirements.

We do ask that applicants let us know of any requirements on their application form, we are then able to resource support and advice for applicants, which can then be further discussed at interview.

Contact details

01425 475478
Holt Heath Teaching Alliance - St. Ives Primary & Nursery School
Sandy Lane, St. Ives
BH24 2LE


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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Sandy Lane, St Ives, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 2LE
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