Apply now to get on a course starting in the 2021 to 2022 academic year

Courses can fill up at any time, so you should apply as soon as you can.

If you’re applying for the first time since applications opened in October 2020, apply no later than 6pm on 7 September 2021.

If your application did not lead to a place and you’re applying again, apply no later than 6pm on 21 September 2021.

Bristol Cathedral Art and Design (3CR2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of the West of England, Bristol
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will spend a significant amount of your time training in schools as a School Direct trainee. You will be placed in at least two schools across the year, so you have experience of teaching in different schools. We guarantee that you will be placed in a school within 5 miles of central Bristol and that you will be able to get to know your colleagues before starting your school placements.

You will also spend time studying at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol and have access to all of their resources and support. This gives you the opportunity to work with a larger group of trainees in your subject, so you will feel part of a team. All trainee teachers must complete four compulsory modules:

  • Professional Development in Secondary Initial Teacher Education

  • Professional Practice in Secondary Initial Teacher Education

  • Core Teaching in Secondary Initial Teacher Education

  • Classroom-based Enquiry: Secondary Education.

At the end of the course, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from UWE Bristol, which carries 60 Masters level credits.

School placements

You will spend a significant amount of time training in schools as a School Direct trainee.

You will be placed in at least two schools across the year, so you get the experience of teaching in different schools. This will help you prepare for joining the profession after you have qualified.

We want you to feel that you belong in each school community, so we make sure that you get to know the people in our schools in advance

All of our schools are in or very close to Bristol, so you won’t have far to travel. This will save you time and money. Above all, you will have the certainty of knowing your placement schools and the people in them before you start.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • At least a 2:1 degree in this or a very close equivalent subject

  • GCSE A*-C grades in both English and Maths (ideally B or above in both)

Personal qualities

We are looking for energetic, optimistic, resilient people who love teaching and learning.

We want people who are not only knowledgeable about their subject but also passionate about its value as an academic discipline. We encourage individuals with flair and talent to inspire young people.

We love people who are committed to working in diverse communities and getting the best out of disadvantaged children.

Our people have the highest expectations of children and of themselves. We want you to come into teaching to stay, so you can enjoy a rewarding career and make a significant contribution to the profession.

Other requirements

  • You will need enhanced DBS clearance before you start training.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Visit UWE Postgraduate Fees and Funding for more information about UWE’s fees and funding

About the training provider

Welcome to an unique opportunity to train in the heart of historic Bristol. We offer a range of schools at both primary and secondary level, including exceptional Sixth Form provision. We proudly serve a diverse community of schools that represent the City of Bristol. We are a highly inclusive organisation that welcomes children of all faiths and none.

The Teaching School is based at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, described by OFSTED in 2016 as a school where “the ethos and culture are outstanding. Pupils from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and values come together in an exceptionally harmonious environment where all are respected, valued and supported to do well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. It permeates all aspects of the life of the academy. The collective sense of moral purpose is powerful. The behaviour of pupils, and learners in the sixth form, and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. They make highly significant contributions to the ethos and culture of the academy. The support for individual and small groups of pupils is hugely impressive in quantity and quality, and highly effective. Pupils and sixth form learners are provided with a rich diet of high-quality experiences to broaden their personal development. The range and quality of musical activities are exceptional.”

We are proud to offer school-based training in partnership with the largest local provider of Initial Teacher Training, the University of the West of England.

About the accredited body

The Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol is a vibrant community with a mission to advance human flourishing and social justice through education and lifelong learning.

We have a long-term commitment to providing high-quality learning, teaching and research. We achieve this through partnerships with a range of local schools, colleges and other organisations.

Interview process

We’re keen to get to know you both as an individual and as a potential teacher. The interview process is also about you getting to know us, so you feel that you can make a firm commitment to training with us.

The process consists of:

  • a visit to at least one of our schools

  • some time spent working with children to demonstrate your strengths

  • an opportunity to make a brief presentation on one aspect of your subject, to demonstrate your potential teaching skills

  • a panel interview

  • a group discussion about an aspect of education.

We will give you much more guidance when you apply. We look forward to receiving your application.

You will be recruited by Cathedral Schools Trust, working in close partnership with UWE.

Your next step: apply for a School Direct place with Bristol Cathedral via the UCAS teacher training website

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs, including but not restricted to: dyslexia; physical, hearing and visual impairments; mental health conditions.

Contact this training provider

Bristol Cathedral Choir School
1, College Square

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.

Warning You cannot apply for this course because it currently has no vacancies. To find courses with vacancies, change your search settings to ‘Only courses with vacancies’.