Alton Schools Teaching Alliance
Primary (2XNN)

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

We are really proud of our course, and know that it helps create brilliant teachers. So much so, 100% of our 2017-2018 & 2018-19 graduates secured positions as Newly Qualified Teachers within our alliance schools, or in local partner schools. The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 4-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings. You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.

At a glance, our School Direct programme includes:

  • 12 core training days at the University of Winchester.
  • Full-time learning alongside our expert teachers who have a wealth of knowledge, experience and strategies to pass on.
  • Specialist focus training days within the Alliance.
  • A minimum of 2 placements in two different phases and schools.
  • Three University assessed assignments.
  • On-going assessment of the quality of your teaching and learning.
  • A select cohort – the number of spaces available on our programme is purposefully kept low. This is to benefit you as a student - you will be known and recognised within the Alliance, receiving personal attention and opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Visit the Resource Centre of our website to discover a variety of tools and articles that can help you with your application and finances

Interview process

All applications should be submitted via UCAS (code 2BY). If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher, as well as making sure that the programme and placement is right for you. You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.

The interview panel is made up of senior staff from partnership schools and a representative from The University of Winchester. Interviews may include:

  • A tour of the school.
  • A reading activity with children.
  • A short mathematics activity
  • A written task.
  • A formal interview.

The interview is also your chance to find out more about the course, the University and our alliance of schools, so if you are invited to interview please take the opportunity to visit our websites beforehand.

If you would like a tour of one of the Alton Cluster schools and a chat with a Headteacher before you apply, please do get in contact: If you are located outside the UK we are able to arrange Skype or telephone interviews.

How school placements work

Our programme includes a minimum of 2 placements in two different phases and schools. There are 15 schools in the Alton Cluster of our alliance, enabling us to offer a wide range of teaching experiences in Good and Outstanding; rural and town; infant, junior and all-through primary schools.
Our schools are located in Alton and the surrounding villages in East Hampshire, they are: Alton Infant; Andrews’ Endowed CofE Primary; Anstey Junior; Bentley CofE Primary, Binsted CofE Primary, Bushy Leaze Nursery, Chawton CofE Primary, Medstead CofE Primary; Rowledge CofE Primary; Saint Lawrence CofE Primary; Selborne CofE Primary; St Mary’s Bentworth CofE Primary; The Butts Primary; Wootey Infant and Wootey Juniors.

Your main placement could be in any one of these schools, and the school will be selected to give you the widest range of experience necessary to develop your skills and interests, and to fill any training gaps that have been identified. There will also be opportunities for specialist visits such as Early Years Foundation Stage, Special Educational Needs, Maths, secondary experience days or behaviour for learning.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

The tuition fees for September 2020 entry are £9,250 for UK, EU and Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) students, however the tuition fee for students outside the EU are yet to be confirmed for 2020 entry. Please contact in the autumn for confirmation of the fee.

Visit the Resource Centre of our website to discover a variety of tools and articles that can help you with your application and finances.

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 you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or 4 or above. The DfE has withdrawn the requirement for literacy and numeracy Skills Tests. Therefore, as part of your training, you will be required to demonstrate competency in fundamental skills in English and Maths. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.

Personal qualities

We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not a requirement, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have worked overseas in the last 5 years you may be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you have worked in. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.

About the training provider

The Alton Schools Teaching Alliance offers you something different. Our Initial Teacher Training has small, carefully chosen cohorts with outstanding support and pastoral care. As part of the Foundations Teaching School Alliance (FTSA), our Alton cluster comprises 15 schools across East Hampshire. The lead school for the ITT programme is Rowledge Primary School - Ofsted rated as Good.

Our schools offer a wide range of teaching experiences in Good and Outstanding; rural and town; infant, junior and all-through primary. We have worked closely for over 10 years and we are bonded by one common goal: to provide exceptional education and opportunities for every child.

Mentors within our Alliance are excellent teachers, passing on their skills through feedback, coaching and classroom observation. This will prepare you to teach creatively and effectively across the whole primary curriculum and early years foundation stage.
Opportunities with us do not stop at the end of your PGCE year. Possibility of employment within the Alliance will be available for the very best candidates, with future career progression including Middle and Senior Leadership. 90% of our 17/18 and 18/19 students have secured employment within our Alliance or other local schools. “Building Strong Foundations for Life” is our strap line and it is a phrase we live every day. For more information visit:

About the accredited body

Our School Direct programme is run in partnership with the University of Winchester, which is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education, at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.

Contact details

01420 87675
Eastbrooke Road
GU34 2DR


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