Bristol Cathedral Geography (3CR5)

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

Accredited body
University of Bristol
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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 Bristol and have access to their well-established professional development, resources and support. At the University you will have the opportunity to work with a larger group of trainees in your subject.

At the end of the course, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of 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

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

If you are curious about the world, interested in the people within it and the processes that shape it, and want to inspire young people then this is the course for you. A minimum of a 2.2 in a Geography or Geography-related degree is needed, the content of which must be at least 50% geographically significant, plus you need a strong grade in A-level Geography. A Subject Knowledge Enhancement course may be needed to help ‘fill in the gaps’. GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English must be in place for the start of the course.

Your degree subject should be in geography or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We will accept equivalency tests but only from certain providers. Please contact us for more details.

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 to provide two forms of identification at interview from the standard list available at You will need to complete a suitability Declaration Form at interview. You will need enhanced DBS clearance before you start training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £21,100

Financial support from the training provider

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About the training provider

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

We offer the unsalaried School Direct route to PGCE, providing placements in one of our nine academies. Successful applicants are welcomed into the CST family through a well-established induction programme. You will be treated as a professional colleague from the beginning.

A significant number of our trainee teachers go on to take up their first post in one of Cathedral Schools Trust’s academies.

About the accredited body

Cathedral Schools Trust works with the University of Bristol for Secondary English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Music & Religious Education.

In 2018, OFSTED reported: “A large and increasing proportion of trainees complete the course to a very high standard and swiftly secure employment.”

“Well-trained, highly committed school-based mentors ensure that trainees are well supported through their training year, assess progress accurately and challenge trainees to be the best.”

“Placements are of a consistently high quality. Decisions to place trainees in schools are thought through with care and are planned well to ensure that trainees experience contrasting schools.”

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

  • an interview

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 the University of Bristol.

Your next step: apply for a School Direct place with Bristol Cathedral DFE Find postgraduate teacher training portal

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

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

0117 205 1605
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
1, College Square

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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