Eatock School Direct Primary (363X)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

School placements

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.

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.

If you are applying and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry, one of Edge Hill University’s equivalency test programmes may be for you.

The equivalency tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate that you satisfy our entry requirements for GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above.

Edge Hill offer tutor-led revision courses or standalone tests for applicants who feel they do not need tuition.

All tutor-led revision courses are delivered online, prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit the standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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 from the training provider


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 (

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.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

  • 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.

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Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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