Island Teaching Alliance Primary (3DS2)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Southampton
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

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 programme will suit people who aspire to become excellent primary teachers and want to gain an understanding of some of the theory underpinning effective teaching and learning in order to improve their practice.

We aim for creative, reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to promoting the learning of all pupils in their classes and to help every child make progress in their primary education. Planned and delivered in close collaboration with practising teachers in local primary schools, the primary course introduces you to the whole primary curriculum while providing a secure basis for you to learn how most effectively to plan, teach and assess subjects of the National Curriculum and to organise and manage a classroom, for children aged 5-11 years.

The course aims to develop your subject knowledge through a range of teaching and learning approaches: workshops, seminars, lectures and demonstrations, fieldwork and micro-teaching activities, independent and group research, and through reading and writing activities. The assignments include a high degree of choice and strongly link theory and practice.

As well as preparing you to teach across the primary curriculum, the programme offers opportunities to tailor some provision to your own training needs and interests.

School placements

The Island Teaching Alliance partners with six schools on the Isle of Wight. The course will cover age ranges 5-11, with an opportunity to experience the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 3 and a Special School. Each candidate will have two placements, covering 24 weeks between them and additional in school focus days, providing a range of face-to-face opportunities. All placements will be on the Isle of Wight. Schools are matched to individual candidates, ensuring a contrasting experience is provided.

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 applicants do not have the required GCSEs (English and Mathematics (also Science for Primary) or equivalent qualifications they will be required to take an Equivalency test. Accepted Equivalency tests are offered by a third party, please see our University website for specific information about this. Any cost associated with these tests is covered by the applicant. If you believe you may need an equivalency test please get in contact with us.

Personal qualities

A passion for teaching and a commitment to all children’s learning is essential. This includes a love of learning and of children, with the resilience to manage the challenges of teaching in the 21st Century. We are looking for teachers who understand their accountability for every child’s progress and wellbeing; going above and beyond for every child and the school.

We also require the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and spoken English, as well as good basic knowledge of mathematics, science and IT. Evidence of wider interests and knowledge is valuable in teaching the whole curriculum.

Other requirements

You will be required to complete a form describing your state of health which will be checked against the Government Fitness to Teach criteria.

Before starting on a PGCE programme you will be required to provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to confirm that there are no criminal offences on your record which should bar you from teaching.

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 £22,136

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

If offered a place after attending an interview you will additionally need to obtain an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and be required to completed an Health check. Please note, the cost of the DBS clearance and Health check is covered by the applicant.

Financial support from the training provider

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

About the training provider

The Island Teaching Alliance is very excited to offer its pathway to training teachers on the Isle of Wight. In partnership with the University of Southampton’s School of Education, we are creating a new pathway for stand out teachers of the future. The Island Teaching Alliance is formed of a range of good Isle of Wight schools that bring together excellence, experience and enthusiasm for supporting and training future teachers for our children.

All of the schools within the Island Teaching Alliance offer unique and contrasting experiences within the Primary phase. We have a 21st Century vision of developing teachers who can look beyond their own experiences to current and new learning opportunities. We are looking for teachers who want the very best for the children and in return, we will give you the very best of our schools. Your pathway to the best job in the world starts with us.

About the accredited body

The University of Southampton Education School was ranked 2nd in the Guardian University League Table in AY2017-2018. Ofsted have commented on the strong support given to trainees on the course and our close partnership with schools. Trainees spend 24 of the 36 weeks of the course on school placements which are carefully selected to ensure they see best practice and have contrasting experiences. A range of optional additional opportunities is offered to help you personalise your course, most notably the annual trip to Kenya. As part of the Southampton PGCE you can gain credits towards a Master’s degree.

Interview process

Candidates are selected for interview after applications are received and read thoroughly by tutors. It is important that all aspects of your application form are fully completed and that you pay particular attention to the content and presentation of your application.

If you are invited for interview you will be asked to prepare a short presentation to a small group of candidates, and engage in discussion. You will also be interviewed by one or more members of the course team. We also ask you to undertake some short written tasks to satisfy ourselves of your capability in written English, spelling and mathematics. Your performance will be assessed by several people, including senior staff from our partner schools, and decisions about acceptance are only made when all assessments are collated and discussed by the course team panel.

We would encourage all prospective students to spend time in a Primary School so you are informed about the school environment, to confirm your own wish to teach and inform your own views. As these views will be explored at interview, you need to be able to reflect on aspects of what teachers and schools do and be able to talk convincingly about teaching in primary schools.

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 recognise that students who have disabilities may have additional needs and require assistance and adaptations to fulfil the requirements of the course. We will work closely with these students to personalise their in school training to meet and support their needs wherever possible.

The University of Southampton are experienced in supporting a wide range of disability and health conditions including:

  • Sensory (visual / hearing) impairment
  • Mental health problems
  • Mobility impairment
  • Dexterity impairment
  • Physical disability
  • Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders
  • Health conditions (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma)
  • Chronic pain / chronic fatigue
  • Any other condition which has a long-term and adverse effect on studying

Their support, information and advice are tailored to meet individual needs. They may ask to see medical evidence if you wish to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). The University of Southampton has a campus accessibility map and we would ensure that any placement offered is accessible to students with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

Lanesend Primary
Love Lane
Isle of Wight
PO31 7ES

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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