Godalming Learning Partnership Primary (3F9B)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It’s also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education. School Direct teacher training with the Godalming Learning Partnership allows you to be part of a school from day one and to learn the craft of the classroom from enthusiastic and knowledgeable professionals. You will be allocated a mentor whose role is to oversee your day to day development and to work with you on planning, teaching and assessment; helping to ensure you develop the qualities necessary to meet the Teachers’ Standards and to work towards becoming an outstanding practitioner. The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University of Winchester and placement modules based in schools or educational settings. The University of Winchester is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference in the world. We can offer you a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires, in a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train. The city of Winchester has a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture, and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey), so whether you will be living here or commuting, there is plenty to enjoy in the city and surrounding area.

You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

Teaching placements will predominantly be in one of our 12 Infant, Junior or Primary schools, although all placements include a shorter period of time in a second school. As the ‘in school’ training takes place across all our schools there is a good opportunity to see a wide variety of schools in action. To see more information about our schools please go to: (http://godalmingconfed.org)

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.

We use specific agencies for equivalency tests. The cost of these is the responsibility of the student. The equivalency tests need to be in place before the course starts

Personal qualities

We are looking for passionate people, keen to develop every aspect of their pupils – academic, creative, social, moral and cultural; who share a belief in the importance of high achievement, high standards and high enjoyment in learning through a broad and creative curriculum. People who want to share our creative approach to the curriculum, believing that children learn best when they are given opportunities to express themselves and learn transferable skills in every area of the curriculum.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Godalming Learning Partnership is a group of 13 schools (Infant, Junior and Primary) that serve the children (aged 3 – 11) and families of the Godalming area. We are a strong collaborative group with a long history of working closely together to achieve more for our young people, schools and community. Our work is based on teaching, learning and developing our staff and schools as fully as possible.

If you train to be a teacher with The Godalming Learning Partnership you will:-

  • Join our wide diversity of successful schools.
  • Be educated and trained by experienced Headteachers and lead professionals from across our community of schools.
  • Have your programme guided and taught by a University provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
  • Receive your school based theory training through the modelling of Primary teaching methods.
  • Learn how to teach and become free thinking teachers through total immersion in our education community.
  • Benefit from access to job opportunities in all our schools.
  • Work with schools that understand the demands of the profession who will actively try to prepare teachers for the demands of the job, both in the initial training and in the early years of teaching.

Interview process

If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. Information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the Godalming Learning Partnership, the course, our group of schools and to meet some of the teachers. So if you are invited to interview please take the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want to and explore our area.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

Your well-being is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies.

We work with you to support your well-being and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.

Contact this training provider

The Headteacher, The Chandler CofE Junior School
Middlemarch, Roke lane

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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