Eatock School Direct
Primary (363X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Edge Hill 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

The Eatock Primary Cluster School Direct programme will be delivered by good and outstanding practitioners in a highly supportive and aspirational environment. The programme is aimed at developing your skills, knowledge and understanding required for teaching within the classrooms of tomorrow.

The majority of training will be delivered by the Eatock Cluster School Partners and Edge Hill University. The programme supports trainees to develop innovative and creative approaches to teaching in a supportive environment. Trainees will be provided with classroom based experiences which will enable them to reflect on pedagogy in practice. Edge Hill University’s teaching and learning experience is of the highest quality, with a curriculum that is inspiring, relevant and informed by the outcomes of up to date research. As part of your School Direct experience, you will have access to state of the art facilities at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk campus and regular interaction with fellow PGCE trainees.

Why join the Eatock Primary Cluster?

We offer our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees an outstanding School Direct programme which includes the following:

  • School led professional learning.

  • High quality training provided by Eatock and other primary schools within the Eatock Primary Cluster.

  • A high quality teacher training programme and support from Edge Hill University.

  • Individual support and mentoring by good and outstanding practitioners within their own school.

  • First-hand experience of Learning Outside the Classroom and how to use it to enhance teaching and learning.

  • PCGE Primary Education with QTS Qualification (60 credits) – Working with both Eatock Primary Cluster and Edge Hill University you will work towards your QTS qualification.

Interview process

Eatock Primary School is the lead school in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process. This will involve a full day within one of our Partner schools and will include:

  • 20 minute observed teaching activity
  • An interactive school tour
  • An interview
  • A written task Prior to your interview day, you will be informed of the content of the activity and the age group you will be teaching. Our Interview team will consist of Senior leaders from the Eatock Primary Cluster schools and Edge Hill University staff. The rigorous and thorough process is aimed at recruiting trainees of the highest calibre.

How school placements work

All schools within the Eatock Cluster work closely to ensure that each student experiences what it is like working in a school on a day to day basis. Students are welcomed into classrooms and encouraged to get involved with the life of the school.

During the course you will undertake two long term placements (November - February and April - June). As well as these placements you will attend ten enhancement days at Eatock and in some of our partner schools.

All schools within are cluster are based in Wigan and Bolton.

We have single and two-form entry schools.

All placements will take place in Primary Schools and will be based in classes from Year 1 upwards.


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

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

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.



Before the programme commences, you must have:

  • A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required;

  • GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics;

  • GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology.

Personal qualities

  • At Eatock we are looking for students who have previous experience of working with primary aged children.

  • We are looking for students who can demonstrate: commitment, resilience, good communication skills, a commitment to teaching and a desire to be the best classroom practitioner they can be. You must also be well organised and enthusiastic.

Other requirements

  • All students will have a Enhanced DBS check before undertaking the course.

  • School Experience (preferable) - A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, normally founded on at least 10 days of experience in primary classrooms.

About the training provider

  • Eatock is currently ranked in the top 2% of schools nationally for children’s progress from entering school to leaving in Year 6.

  • We are also rated as ‘Outstanding’ in every area of our most recent Ofsted inspection.

  • Eatock holds the Gold award for ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ and this is an area we are particularly keen for our School Direct students to experience.

  • We are a one form entry primary school with a nursery.

  • For the past two years 100% of our School Direct students have gained employment on the completion of their studies.

  • Eatock has a very experienced staff team and a designated School Direct Lead to work with students throughout the twelves months of the School Direct course.

  • Within the Eatock Cluster there are schools offering the opportunity to teach in a wide variety of settings in the Bolton and Wigan Boroughs.

  • Eatock is a Centre of Excellence for the Inclusion Quality Mark.

  • Eatock has four Specialists in Education employed at school who work with students during Enhancement days and on their placements.

  • Visit Eatock’s website (

About the accredited body

This postgraduate teacher training programme offers you the opportunity to complete a 1 year PGCE in teacher training. This is an intensive programme enabling you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the year. This programme combines high quality masters level teaching and learning at Edge Hill University with at least two different school based placements offering you the opportunity to make strong connections between the learning you have been involved in at the University and the practice you are engaged with in the classroom.

Training with disabilities and other needs

  • Eatock is a all-inclusive school and welcomes applications from students with disabilities.

  • Eatock has been awarded the ‘Dyslexia Award’.

  • Eatock is a purpose built all-inclusive school with wheelchair access all around the school premises.

  • Eatock is a recognised Centre of Excellence - this award recognises our commitment to ensuring all pupils achieve their full potential.

  • At Eatock we deliver a creative curriculum and the outdoor learning that takes place promotes good mental health and well being. We have a high focus on the mental health and well being of our staff and students.

Contact details

St George's Avenue


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