Kendal Primary Partnership Primary (3-7) (36MH)

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.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

From the first week of our course, you will be in school. The majority of your training will be in educational settings, working with the age group you have selected to train in.

There will be at least sixty training days during the year where you will learn the craft of teaching through a range of group sessions, observations, role play, tutorials, self-directed study, research and presentations. These training days will be in schools in South Cumbria so that you can learn from the best practitioners and experience a wide range of settings.

In order to extend your training, there will be immersion days and weeks within different schools, including large primaries with over 400 children on roll and smaller ones with less than 50. This will enable you to experience a wide range of teaching and learning approaches.

The first few weeks of the course will have a more theoretical input and opportunities to observe lessons. This will be followed by regular weekly training days linked to the craft of teaching as well as whole school issues, such as behaviour management and assessment for learning. As an EYFS trainee teacher, you are required to teach every curriculum area. There will be sessions throughout the year that provide opportunities to learn about the pedagogy of teaching.

Academic assignments will be at Masters level, which requires reading, research and reflection on your own learning and experiences within the training year.

There will be six modules which integrate theory and practical application within the classroom.

  • Building Professional Understanding - understanding the importance of the interplay between theory and practice.
  • Enhancing Professional Practice - understanding of how to evaluate, critique and develop professional practice.
  • Being a Teacher - develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the wider role of the teacher.
  • Learning Teaching and Subject Pedagogy - introduces key concepts and principles in learning and teaching.
  • Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Enrichment - enhances subject/area knowledge and pedagogy relevant to chosen pathway.
  • The Cumbria Teacher of Reading - teaching children to read with a focus on Systematic Synthetic Phonics.

Throughout the year you will be supported by mentors and staff within our partner schools in addition to your Personal Tutor (Primary Programme Lead - PPL) and a University tutor (University Programme Lead - UPL).

School placements

During the year, you will have three assessed placements in school. These must take place in at least two different settings and in two phases (EYFS/KS1) to give you a range of deep learning experiences and to meet the requirements for QTS.

Autumn Term - Beginning Placement (6 weeks) Spring Term - Developing Placement (6 weeks) Summer Term - Extending Placement (10 weeks)

All the schools we use for placements are in South Cumbria with a few in Lancashire. The majority are in Kendal. Placements are carefully selected to match students’ individual needs and travel limitations as closely as possible.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

A Kendal Primary Partnership student is someone who has the potential to inspire young people and be an excellent teacher of the future.

Some of the attributes we will be looking for are:

  • An enthusiastic and approachable person
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Someone who enjoys working with young children
  • A passion for education and an interest in teaching all subjects
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • A role model for young people
  • Creativity
  • Ability to reflect and improve
  • Hard working
  • Potential for leadership in the future

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be offered a conditional place as there are conditions that must be met prior to starting the course. All ITT trainees must have Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance, a medical health check and all the required qualifications before the course starts in September.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Kendal Primary Partnership School Direct programme (KPP) is proud to work with the University of Cumbria. Study with us towards a PgCE at Masters level, with Qualified Teacher Status. Our exciting programme provides opportunities to experience critical and creative teaching approaches in Early Years and/or Primary settings.

We work with the Kendal Collaborative Partnership (KCP), which consists of 13 Primary schools, a Nursery, two Secondary schools and a Special school, who work together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers.

The KPP is based in Kendal, where you will learn from experienced teachers. Our training is led by staff from local schools in partnership with University of Cumbria tutors and takes place within our partner schools. You will immediately be immersed in school-life and benefit from experiencing an exciting variety of settings. The KPP has established partnerships with many schools who support placements and the academic modules.

Our course brings together the expertise of current practitioners, complimented by staff from one of the largest ITT universities. You will join a learning community where everyone is interested in reflecting and researching the pedagogies of teaching and learning.

Academic philosophy will underpin your learning, which you then apply in classroom settings. You will develop the craft of teaching at the same time as reflecting on the impact that a range of approaches have on pupils, staff, school and the wider community.

We are very proud of our UoC Excellence nomination 2016 and our People’s Choice Golden Apple Award 2018.

Interview process

The Interview process will be based at one of our partner schools and involve two local Headteachers and our PPL.

There will be a number of activities during the interview, including:

  • A mini teaching activity with 6 children of mixed ability (20 minutes)
  • An academic activity
  • Individual interview (25 minutes)
  • Sharing any relevant school experience (recommendation)
  • Outline of our programme
  • Opportunity to ask any questions

The Interview process takes no more than half a day.

All applicants will be given a decision on the day.

Successful applicants will be offered a conditional place as there are conditions that must be met prior to starting the course. All ITT trainees must have Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance, a medical health check and all the required qualifications before the course starts in September.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Kendal Primary Partnership aims to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people.

We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access our courses. This has included prior access to module notes in preparation for taught sessions, individual tutorial support and consideration in matching placements to student needs.

Contact this training provider

07765 038274
Kendal Primary Partnership
Oxenholme Lane

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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