South Cumbria School Direct
Primary (C978)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
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
Academic Year (Sept 21 - Jul 22)
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Early Years (Lower Primary 3-7 yrs)

We are working in partnership with Ripley TSA SCITT and Leeds Beckett University to offer a School Direct Programme which offers a superb route into our rich and rewarding profession. If you study with us, you will be working towards a PGCE course at Masters Level which will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

You will train in a range of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools in the Barrow and Furness area who are very experienced at delivering high quality teacher training and have a range of contrasting contexts. You will learn from and work alongside excellent teachers and experienced staff in over 22 schools comprising early years and primary.

Our programme begins early September and from the outset you will have 2 days per week of School Embedded Learning (when not on assessed placement) in one of our partner schools. A valuable opportunity to learn from being in a classroom environment and to make connections between your experience and your taught module content. The remainder of the week comprises of Pedagogy and Practice (P&P) training sessions, hosted and delivered by Headteachers, Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and other outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools. The P&P sessions will be held in several of our school venues according to the best expertise available for each topic.

You will have training and experience in important primary education topics, including phonics and early reading, assessment, special needs and inclusion, working with support staff and leadership. There are many different subjects taught in primary education and you will audit your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach at KS1 and KS2. Some of the P&P sessions will focus specifically on these subjects

Leeds Beckett University provide the PGCE for our programme and this is all online. The modules perfectly compliment the training we deliver and you will gain 60 Master’s level credits (

You study three modules in total, all learning will integrate theory and practical application.

As you will be studying a PGCE, you will have academic assignments at Masters level which require you to read, research and reflect on your learning and experiences within the training year.

Assessment of trainees for QTS is provided by Ripley TSA SCITT who have been highly praised by Ofsted for their approach to trainee workload and for keeping requirements concise yet effective.

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview. Interviews normally take place in one of our primary schools and involve teaching short lesson to a small group of pupils. Due to coronavirus we are offering interviews via Zoom. You will be asked to submit a lesson plan beforehand and we will ask you about your ideas in the interview. The interview is followed by a subject task and a short task around functional English which are completed under time limits and returned to us via email.

We are looking for the potential to be an excellent trainee, someone who is ready to start training in a school setting from early September. We are also looking for potential employees in our schools.

The admissions panel are all Safer Recruitment trained and we are committed to safeguarding children

How school placements work

You will complete three school placements which take place within two or three of our twenty-two partner schools in the Barrow and Furness area. The first placement will begin in September, an excellent time to see how rules and routines are established at the start of the academic year. You will start with focused lesson observations before you begin to plan and teach parts of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons, building up to approximately 50% by the end of your beginning placement.

The second and third placements will be in different schools which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development. Again, you will gradually increase your teaching timetable and will be teaching up to 70% by the end of your extending placement in July.

You will have three assessed placement blocks:

  • Beginning Placement 4 weeks in the autumn term
  • Developing Placement 5 weeks in the new year/ winter term
  • Extending Placement 9 weeks in the spring & summer term

These will occur in at least two different schools and in 2 different key stages to meet the requirements of gaining QTS.

You will have 2 days per week of School Embedded Learning (when not on assessed placement) you will be in school but not teaching. A valuable opportunity to learn from being in a classroom environment and to make connections between your experience and your taught module content.

Placements are selected for you on the basis of high quality mentoring, individual training needs, the opportunity to experience the full primary age range, contrasting schools and reasonable commuting distance. We have 22 partner schools in the Barrow and Furness area in which you can carry out your placements.

Your first two placements (beginning & developing) will take place in an EYFS and KS1 setting, for your third placement (extending) we will try and accommodate your preference for either EYFS or KS1.

There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

£9,000 PGCE and QTS

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.



UK Bachelors degree or equivalent GCSE Maths, Science and English at grade C/4 or above Ideally your degree would be a class 2:2 or above

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who are keen to learn in a school setting and this model suits trainees who are able to learn as they go along and incorporate their own experience into this learning process. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the professionalism and resilience needed to become a teacher and to be reflective learners. A real commitment to a career in teaching, passionate and enthusiastic with an interest in teaching all subjects and a positive attitude towards children are essential qualities.

Other requirements

Applicants who are successful at interview will need the following before they can start the programme:

  • DBS and barred list check
  • Medical check

We welcome applicants of all ages, from university graduation to mature career changers. It is important that you have a good awareness of what the role of a teacher involves so that you can be sure it is the right career choice for you.

About the training provider

The South Cumbria School Direct is based at Furness Academy, Barrow in Furness and works in close collaboration with the Ripley TSA Scitt in Lancaster.

This is a 12 month programme which gives you PGCE and recommendation for QTS. The PGCE includes 60 credits at Master’s level. As a trainee teacher on the South Cumbria School Direct Programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by school expert practitioners working across our partnership. This will facilitate much stronger links between theory and practice, enabling you to apply pedagogical knowledge in the classroom and reflect upon it more immediately. Our highly innovative curriculum is designed and delivered by us and, our partner schools, in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning which is relevant to schools today and therefore linked to enhanced employment prospects.

Our partner schools are involved in the recruitment and selection of trainees and have a real commitment to their training. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by expert practitioners and outstanding mentors. They greatly enjoy the exciting and innovative curriculum which we have designed, and make excellent progress in our schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability, or additional requirements, please contact us so we can discuss how best to accommodate your needs.

Contact details

Furness Academy
Park Drive
LA13 9BB


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