St Andrews CE Primary Teaching School
Primary (3434)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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

St Andrew’s Teaching School Alliance offers:

  • A demanding and intensive course which will lead to a recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE 5-11) accredited by Liverpool Hope University.
  • The highest quality of support and mentoring from experienced teachers and school mentors.
  • Over 120 days in two contrasting schools, observing, planning and teaching.
  • Opportunities to scrutinise a specialist area of practice.
  • A focus on the latest research in pedagogy and teaching methods.
  • A well planned programme of professional practice studies.
  • An opportunity to learn how to become a reflective practitioner.
  • The first steps on a path of career development.
  • The opportunity to become an outstanding teacher.

Interview process

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic, passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for pupils, dynamic, motivated and analytical. They will show they relate well to primary aged children and demonstrate that they can engage them in their learning.

On application candidates should be able to demonstrate the following: a commitment to and understanding of primary education; suitable personal and presentational qualities; ability to communicate clearly in spoken and written English with a good understanding of grammar. Our rigorous selection processes ensure we recruit high quality trainees. We invite candidates whose initial applications meet our criteria to come for an interview.

They will be asked to give a short presentation, plan and deliver a teaching activity with a group of children, complete a reflective written piece on their experience and be interviewed by a panel of educational practitioners. The interview process also involves English and mathematics audits lasting approximately 20 minutes each.

The interviewers will be assessing the following important skills and qualities for intending primary teachers:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Presentation skills and ability to communicate orally in Standard English
  • The ability to inspire and motivate primary pupils
  • Knowledge of curriculum areas
  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Planning, preparation and organisational skills

How school placements work

School Direct trainees on our programme will complete placements in two different schools, teaching in different age phases at each one.

Additionally, trainees will also complete shorter EYFS, secondary and SEND placements.


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

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.



  • A good degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant subject.

  • GCSEs Grade C/4 or above in English, mathematics and science.

  • A level qualifications in relevant subjects are desirable but not essential.

Personal qualities

  • A desire to teach and inspire children.
  • The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education as it relates to the teaching of the primary phase.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English.
  • The ability to present information and communicate well verbally and in writing.
  • Strong organisational skills.

Other requirements

Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Strong references.

Relevant experience in a primary school setting within the last twelve months is beneficial for your application but not essential.

About the training provider

St Andrew’s is a happy, safe and welcoming environment where everyone is valued. Our Christian faith is central to moral development, mutual respect and an appreciation for the cultural diversity within our community.
We are proud to be a teaching school. St Andrew’s is an outstanding place to work and learn and offers a welcoming and supportive environment. Together with our University partners, we develop personalised training with the academic and theoretical underpinning which allows trainees to become outstanding practitioners.
Led by St Andrew’s CE Primary Teaching School, our Alliance comprises a mix of faith and non-faith schools, each passionate about providing the next generation of teachers and potential future leaders. Our Alliance partners schools are:

  • St Andrew’s CE Primary School
  • Boothstown Methodist Primary School
  • James Brindley Community School
  • St Paul’s CE (Crompton St) Primary School
  • Christ the King RC Primary School
  • St Philip’s RC Primary School

Successful trainees will gain a postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), which includes up to 60 Masters level credits that can be used towards a Masters qualification, and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Teaching School website

About the accredited body

Just 1 in 5 of the UK’s Higher Education providers achieved the Gold standard.

According to the government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Liverpool Hope University is, “of the highest quality found in the UK” and is “delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.”

Liverpool Hope’s Gold rating ranks it alongside institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Bath and Lancaster.

Liverpool Hope is one of only three universities in the North West, and the only one in Liverpool, to gain the Gold rating.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Applicants with disabilities and other requirements should inform the teaching school of this on their application.

Contact details

0161 790 2113
Vicars Hall Lane
M28 1HS


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