University of Chichester Academy Trust School Direct Partnership Primary (2YPW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chichester
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The Trust’s School Direct programme, aims to develop professional, reflective and effective teachers by encouraging such qualities as creativity, commitment, enthusiasm and intellectual liveliness. The programme leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Masters level) with QTS and spreads across the entire academic year.

You will receive a regular training programme delivered within the Trust academies by practising teachers with proven, current knowledge and expertise in each subject. You will also attend training at The University of Chichester (the current programme includes 25 days) and there may also be opportunities to visit partner schools outside of the Trust. Your training time is divided between professional studies and subject study. You will study the relevant national frameworks for your age phase and subject area and develop your understanding of subject specific pedagogy. The programme is designed to equip you to promote the creation of a culture for learning through your role as a teacher, meeting the needs of all children. Furthermore, you develop your understanding of the place of the teacher in a whole school context and in relation to your further career development.

Assessment is a shared responsibility. University tutors and school mentors collaborate to ensure that your school based experience and written assignments are assessed at agreed points in the Programme.
School based experience is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards using information from a range of sources.

You will complete three assignments (one each term) the successful completion of which leads to a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits. Preparation for these assignments is supported by university tutors.

In addition to resources within our academies all trainees have full access to the University of Chichester Learning Resource Centres including electronic access to a range of books and journals.

Where are we? (Please note that whilst all of our academies provide placements, all Primary applications are made to the ‘main site’ instead of individual schools.)

Trust academies: Arundel Court Primary School Portsmouth Berewood Primary School Waterlooville Bordon Junior School Bordon Court Lane Infant School Cosham Court Lane Junior School Cosham Fernhurst Primary School Fernhurst Highbury Primary School, Cosham Kingsham Primary School Chichester Langstone Infant School Portsmouth Langstone Junior School Portsmouth The Flying Bull Academy Portsmouth

The University of Chichester has two campuses. The majority of School Direct university based training is on the Bognor Regis Campus. How to find us

School placements

For the recommendation of QTS, all trainees are formally assessed in 2 consecutive Key Stages:

Primary (5-11) - Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

During the School Direct year, you will spend the majority of your time in one of the Trust’s academies where you are part of the school community and are introduced to the practice of teaching in a structured way, with appropriate support from an experienced mentor and other colleagues who will support your professional development. In addition, you will spend at least half a term in another of the Trust’s academies; this is usually in the second half of the spring term.

You will also have the opportunity to spend time in other academies across the Trust each of which offers a distinct learning environment. A number of factors are taken into account when organising your placement schools including location and your specific development needs.

(Please note that whilst all of our academies provide placements, all Primary applications are made to the ‘main site’ instead of individual schools.)


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Berewood Primary School
Kentidge Way, Waterlooville, PO7 3BE
Bordon Junior School
Budds Lane, Bordon, GU35 0JB
Court Lane Infant School
Hilary Avenue, East Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 2PP
Court Lane Junior School
Hilary Avenue, East Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 2PP
Fernhurst Primary School
Haslemere Road, Fernhurst, GU27 3EA
Flying Bull Academy
Flying Bull Lane, Buckland, Portsmouth, PO2 7BJ
Highbury Primary
Dovercourt Road, Cosham, PO6 2RZ
Kingsham Primary School
Hay Road, Chichester, PO19 8BN
Langstone Infant School
Ascot Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, PO3 6EY
Langstone Junior School
Lakeside Avenue, Copnor, Portsmouth, PO3 6EZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Applicants will be expected to meet the costs of an equivalency test

Personal qualities

  • A love of learning
  • Enthusiasm for their subject
  • A genuine commitment and desire to have a positive impact upon the lives of children and young people
  • An openness to develop as a professional and willingness to act upon advice
  • Resilience
  • A commitment to developing creative pedagogical approaches
  • An understanding of how theory and practice can support each other
  • An awareness of the role of the teacher
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to work collaboratively
  • A knowledge of current educational issues

Other requirements

  • Photographic proof of identity - driving licence; passport
  • All applicants must provide original degree and GCSE certificates before commencing training

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

We cannot support fees associated with visa applications.

About the training provider

The University of Chichester Academy Trust School Direct Partnership provides an exciting opportunity for you to develop as a teacher within a Trust whose mission is ‘to create a vibrant, inclusive and aspirational family of academies, transforming life chances for pupils through excellent teaching and learning’.

The Trust has schools in West Sussex, Portsmouth and Hampshire of different sizes and types and you will get the opportunity to visit many of them during your programme of training.

Our School Direct training programme is delivered by both high quality teachers in our schools and experienced lecturers in the University who all teach and undertake educational research. Thus it provides a strong blend of practical application supported by academic rigour. The academic award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Masters level) recognises and celebrates your development as a reflective practitioner at the forefront of your discipline, and provides you with pathways to both employment and further study.

Academies within the Trust Partnership have a longstanding commitment to supporting trainees. School-based mentors, who have all been trained by the University, will support you to achieve your potential.

Trainees from previous School Direct programmes are now employed as teachers in Trust Academies.

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day at one of the Trust’s academies. This day will include:

  • an introduction to the Trust’s programme and an opportunity to ask questions
  • a formal interview with colleagues from the University and Trust academies
  • discussion around subject knowledge
  • a teaching activity (applicants are notified of the requirements in advance)
  • a check of original certificates
  • completion of a written task

References: It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees are aware of their role, as well as making sure they follow UCAS’ instructions for providing on-line references.

The activities during the day are designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate the personal qualities noted later along with:

  • Enthusiasm for your subject
  • A commitment to developing creative pedagogical approaches
  • An awareness of the role of the teacher
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to work collaboratively
  • A knowledge of current educational issues

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Disability and Dyslexia service at The University of Chichester offers advice and support throughout a trainee’s programme. Further information is available on the university’s website.

DDS website

This team would discuss with you any adjustments you may need whilst in school or attending university based sessions and agree any action required. This information would form part of the decision making with regard to the selection of placement schools.

The Trust schools are all inclusive environments and encourage participation from all students who they believe could benefit from their programme and can be successful as practicing teachers. Accessibility and specialist facilities in schools vary and we would seek to find an appropriate placement to meet a student’s individual needs.

Contact this training provider

01243 816 444
The University of Chichester Academy Trust
Upper Bognor Road
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 1HR

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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