St Ives Primary School Primary (3DJZ)

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

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Train to be a Primary Teacher through Holt Heath Alliance, Dorset. The Holt Heath 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 have been a National Teaching School with a proven track record of training the next generation of teachers and now work in close collaboration with the Teaching Hub.

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

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.

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 £14,700

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.

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 Alliance – St. Ives Primary & Nursery School. A representative from the University of Winchester.

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

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 this training provider

01425 475478
St. Ives Primary & Nursery School
Sandy Lane, St. Ives
BH24 2LE

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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