St Helens ONE - Grange Valley Primary
Primary (P789)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Grange Valley Primary School is an Outstanding National Support School with responsibility for the St. Helens ONE Schools Direct training for both Primary (4 - 11) and EYFS Primary (3 - 7).

Our School Direct Teacher Training programme has been carefully planned to ensure that you receive a personalised experience. The vast majority of time will be spent in EYFS and KS1 settings training alongside experienced, good and outstanding teachers.

The training course is over a school academic year with a total of 179 Days, which are broken down into:

  • 115 days for Whole Class Teaching Days (Block Practice days) – including Home/ Away Placements
  • 22 days for Professional Practice – including Home/ Away Placements
  • 7 days at Alternative Settings (KS2 and SEND)
  • 28 days Professional Training at a variety of schools across the partnership.
  • 12 days of Academic training to be held at Liverpool Hope University.

Interview process

Interviews are held at Grange Valley Primary School, throughout the year. the Lead mentor and Headteachers and from the partnership of schools will interview candidates. Candidates will be observed within an EYFS class and asked to complete a written task followed by a formal interview.

How school placements work

The St. Helens ONE partnership of 12 schools is based in and around St. Helens, Merseyside. The schools within the partnership are no more than 9 miles apart.

Students will have an EYFS placement either in a nursery or a reception class and a KS1 placement in either Year 1 or Year 2. Each placement will be in a different setting ensuring you gain a breadth of experience.

Students will also experience a week in a KS2 class and a week at a local Special School.

All students will be qualified to teach the age range 3 - 7.


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

All Fees are paid to Liverpool Hope University (this is not a salaried route)

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Applicants are required to meet the following Liverpool Hope University entry requirements:

  • GCSE Grade C or above (4 or above) in English, Mathematics and Science.
  • You will need to have, or anticipate having a good (2.2 or 2.1) honours degree.
  • Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.
  • Relevant experience in a school or EYFS setting is beneficial but not essential.

Personal qualities

We are looking for hardworking, ambitious and caring individuals who want the chance to inspire young children and who are able to provide quality educational experiences that ultimately ensures all children have the opportunity to succeed.

About the training provider

Grange Valley Primary School is an Outstanding National Support School with responsibility for the St. Helens ONE Schools Direct. It has a very successful record of working with other schools and the local authority, in improving teaching and learning, pupils attainment and achievement.

St. Helens ONE aims to provide future trainee teachers with the unique opportunity to develop into successful leaders of learning. We are passionate about providing our children with high quality education which enables them to thrive. You will work alongside like-minded individuals who are eager to guide new students in developing themselves as professionals so they can experience a truly rewarding career choice.

As a training provider, we work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University and several primary schools across St. Helens to ensure that we provide stimulating and challenging training to all of our trainee teachers.

In September 2021, we will be running two non salaried Schools Direct courses one for primary phase student teachers, who will be qualified to teach the age range 5 to 11 and one for EYFS primary trainee teachers, who will be qualified to teach the age phase age 3 to 7.

Our School Direct Teacher Training programme has been carefully planned to ensure that you receive a personalised experience, drawing on your own knowledge and experience so that you are the driver of your own success and the success of the children you teach.

About the accredited body

Liverpool Hope University has a long established tradition of delivering high quality Teacher Education. Their School Direct Partnership believes that it is vital that all trainees have the academic and theoretical underpinning to become outstanding practitioners within the field of Education. It is compulsory for all trainees completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to study at Masters level. This aspect of the training takes place at the university.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all trainees regardless of their needs and would endeavor to support all. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. We will ensure all reasonable adjustments, on an individual basis, are put in place to help you achieve your ambition of becoming a teacher.

Contact details

01744 678300
Grange Valley Primary School
Heyes Avenue, Haydock
St Helens
WA11 0XQ


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Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside, WA11 0XQ
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