St Ninian Catholic Federation
Primary (325Z)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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

Our Primary PGCE with QTS programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. During this course, as well as based training, you will undertake two 30-credit masters level modules to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’. Both are designed to focus on your priorities and interests as you develop your teaching skills. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. The modules are taught by University of Cumbria lecturers who work closely with our school direct programme team to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.

How school placements work

All placements take place within the alliance. The St Ninian Catholic Federation Teacher Training route is one that guarantees at least two placements in Catholic Primary schools in North Cumbria.

Further information about placements can be found at (


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £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 minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent qualification.

  • GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at minimum grade C/4 or above.

  • Successful completion of the DfE QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

Personal qualities

  • The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study.

  • Satisfactory completion of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and occupational health checks.

About the training provider

The St Ninian Catholic Federation Teacher Training route is one that guarantees at least two placements in Catholic Primary schools in Cumbria.

The course runs in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster that ensures a working partnership between a selection of Catholic schools in the county whilst allowing access to the the first 2 units of the CCRS.

The St Ninian Federation’s core principles are: Prayer, Service, Knowledge and Aspiration; therefore our PGCE students work hard to ensure the best for all our children whilst gaining valuable experience in a variety of settings enabling themselves to develop professionally. We are always trying to find smarter ways to do our work with much of our practice being research driven.

We only recruit people who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives; people who challenge themselves to keep on improving and people whom hold high expectations whilst seeing the importance of developing the whole child.

If you want to train in a forward thinking environment then this may well be the course for you.

About the accredited body

We work closely with the University of Cumbria to provide a tailored teacher training route.

University of Cumbria is one the largest providers of teacher training in the country, to provide a Masters level PGCE with QTS. This collaborative approach to teacher training ensures that students have access to both excellent school-based practice and well-regarded academic input which has been planned together to create a coherent and valuable learning experience.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All sites are DDA compliant and have good accessibility.

All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so accessible at a distance.

Contact details

Kirklands Road


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