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The Priory Learning Trust Primary (3BSG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon 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.

Age range
4 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course is focused on being in school full time from the first day of term. You will be allocated a lead school where you will be placed for terms 1 and 2. You will then move to another complimentary placement for term 3 before returning to your original school for terms 4 - 6. You will spend one day per week receiving dedicated taught provision focused on the Teacher Standards and the skills you need to develop to be an outstanding teacher. You will gradually increase the amount of time you are leading lessons in partnership with your class mentor. You will receive regular feedback from both your class and school mentor enabling you to measure your progress and record evidence against the Teacher Standards ahead of accreditation.

The PGCE element of the course comprises of 4 assessments each worth 15 Masters credit and a final portfolio which will be assessed for QTS recommendation.

Candidates will have access to a full taught programme based in both Weston super Mare and online. During their course you will also have the option to access events and lectures which are held at the University site in Plymouth.

We have an excellent employment rate in the south west.

School placements

Candidates will be placed during the duration of the course in 2 primary schools in the Weston Super Mare and Burnham on Sea areas. All partner schools are within a 20 minute drive of Weston super Mare. You will be able to teach students from reception to year 6. Candidates will be in their host school for a minimum of 4 days per week.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Honours degree - 1st, 2:1 or 2:2, Masters or PhD. GCSE grade C/4 minimum in English, Maths and a Science

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who want to inspire and educate the next generation. A passion for working with children and wanting to make a difference alongside high expectations of self and others is key.

Other requirements

All candidates will require a DBS check before starting the course.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Priory Learning Trust is based in Weston super Mare in the South West of the UK. The Trust is made up of 3 secondary schools - Priory Community School an Academy, Worle Community School an Academy and The King Alfred School an Academy. The Trust is proud to include 3 primary Schools - St Anne’s Church Academy, Castle Batch Primary School Academy and Pawlett Primary School Academy. The Trust provides education for children aged 3 - 18 across the school sites. The Trust focus is students first, cherishing staff and it is proud to now provide education for 5000 students and employ 500 staff.

Those who choose to train with The Priory Learning Trust can look forward to a quality programme which will ensure they are supported and developed by a school based mentor. Delivery of the University content of the PGCE will be delivered on site at Priory Community School or remotely due to Covid 19 by specialist staff from across the Trust in alignment with the University of St Mark & St John. Quality Assurance will be provided by the University with University Tutors also supporting and assessing the progress of our trainees.

Interview process

Candidates will be invited to an informal interview in Weston super Mare or online (Covid) where they will meet and talk to the Director of Teaching School Alliance and the primary lead. They may also be asked to plan and deliver a mini teaching episode to a small group of students to enable us to see them interact with our students.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All school sites in the Trust are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Support can be provided for trainees with dyslexia in relation to assistive technology. All of the schools in the Trust have supporting staff and student mental health at the heart of their provision with a wide range of support available including access to 24/7 counselling and occupational health where required.

Contact this training provider

01934 529351
Priory Community School
Weston super Mare
North Somerset
BS22 6BP

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