Dallam Teaching Alliance English (J544)

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

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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

The majority of the course will be delivered by expert teachers in our alliance schools around South Cumbria. There will also be full support and academic preparation from tutors and our University programme leaders at the University of Cumbria, although most of the course will be delivered in school.

Our School Direct Programme starts in early September and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday. Conference days are allocated to Fridays where you will take part in sessions hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools or at the University of Cumbria Lancaster campus. The conferences will cover aspects such as safeguarding, lesson planning, behaviour management and assessment. Our conference deliverers model the teaching and learning strategies which we know work in the classroom.

In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where trainees will focus on teaching English specifically. These will be delivered by a Lead Subject specialist for English. During the training you will be able to work with other trainees from other School Direct programmes with the University of Cumbria on your subject expertise. The programme includes opportunities where you can gain assignment support with your University Programme Leader and you will have full access to the University learning and support services throughout the course which will enable you to access library resources and assistance with your academic work. We have allocated time for Professional Reading, Subject Knowledge Enhancement sessions as necessary and Assignment Writing Days which will aid both your assignment writing and your classroom practice.

You will audit your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach at KS3, KS4 and KS5. Lead Subject Mentors will guide you towards great resources and you will gain IT access which will enable you to share resources with each other and school mentors.

The programme gives you a PGCE and recommendation for QTS; the PGCE is awarded by the University of Cumbria and this element of the course is taught at their Lancaster site by a university tutor. The modules perfectly compliment the training we deliver and you will gain 60 Master’s level credits.

School placements

The Dallam Teaching Alliance consists of schools situated in and around the Lake District in South Cumbria. We select our schools carefully and the vast majority have been graded Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we have developed over the years and are committed to a warm welcome and a supportive environment for all. You will be training in placement schools which will provide you with a wide experience of how different pupils are taught and learn. We aim to offer the best and most suitable provision possible.

You will complete placements in two partner schools. You will attend your first placement school for four days a week (Monday-Thursday) with Fridays allocated as conference days where you will receive training on the key themes in education. The first placement will begin in September, an excellent time to see how expectations and routines are established at the start of the academic year. You will start with focused lesson observations across the whole school before you join your subject department and begin to plan and teach parts of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons, building up to approximately 7 hours per week by Christmas.

The second placement runs from January to June in a different school which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development. You will attend your second placement school full time, five days a week, gradually increasing your teaching timetable to 12 hours per week.

Placements are selected for you on the basis of high quality mentoring, strong subject departments, contrasting schools and reasonable commuting distance.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Settlebeck School
Settlebeck School, Long Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5AL
Appleby Grammar School
Appleby Grammar School, Battlebarrow, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6XU
Dallam School
Milnthorpe, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7DD
Dallam Teaching Alliance
Dallam Teaching Alliance, C/o Dallam School, Haverflatts Lane, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7DD
John Ruskin School
John Ruskin School, Lake Road, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8EW
Kendal College
Kendal College, Milnthorpe Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AY
Kirkbie Kendal School
Kirkbie Kendal School, Lound Round, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7EQ
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School
Kikrby Stephen Grammar School, Christian Head, Kirby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7EG
Queen Elizabeth School
Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, LA6 2HJ
Queen Elizabeth Studio School
Queen Elizabeth Studio School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Cumbria, LA6 2HJ
The Lakes School
The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria, LA23 1HW
Ulverston Victoria High School
Ulverston Victoria High School , Springfield Road, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0EB

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English 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.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented trainees who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and ambition to develop into outstanding practitioners. This is an ideal opportunity if you have just completed your degree or are looking to change career. Successful applicants will have a real commitment to a career in teaching, a love of their subject and positive attitude towards young people are essential qualities. If you have good communication and interpersonal skills, if you have a passion for your subject area and a love of learning then we would love to hear from you.

Other requirements

Before applying we do advise you to spend some time in a Secondary school. You will be able to observe teaching in action and we can help you gain this experience in one of our partner schools or on one of our School Experience Days at Dallam School. The details of our School Experience Days are regularly updated on our Dallam Teaching Alliance website. All applicants who are successful will need the following before they start the programme:

  • DBS and barred list check
  • Medical check

We welcome applicants of all ages, from university graduation to mature career changers.

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 £9,250

Financial support from the training provider

Visit Get into Teaching for more information about bursaries, scholarships and financial support for 2020/21.

About the training provider

Dallam Teaching Alliance is an alliance of secondary schools in and around The Lake District in South Cumbria and within easy reach of the M6 and Lancaster.

A high quality experience: Dallam Teaching Alliance and the University of Cumbria have an outstanding partnership. We have many years’ experience training and supporting new trainees into the teaching profession.

Convenient training in a beautiful rural location: Our Alliance schools are placed throughout South Cumbria so no matter where you live in the area you will not have too far to travel.

Trainee support: We offer comprehensive support throughout the course and pride ourselves on really getting to know our trainees.

We endeavour to place our trainees in the most appropriate placement schools where they can hone their skills and flourish as teachers.

Boarding facilities: If you are from further afield and would like to train with us we are able to offer boarding facilities at Dallam School.

Outdoor education: Dallam School is a regional centre for outdoor education and an Operating Authority for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

International dimension: As well as being a local comprehensive, Dallam is home to over one hundred boarders from across the globe including Europe, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Chile and the USA. This means we are truly an international school.

Interview process

Applicants apply through UCAS and are short listed following reference to the entry requirements and if successful are invited for interview at one of the Dallam Teaching Alliance schools. On the morning of interview you will be taken on a tour of the school, your documentation will be reviewed including examination certificates and ID. There are four parts to the interview which generally takes place over a full morning. A written task, subject knowledge audit, short teaching task and panel interview. Pupils will be involved in the teaching task.

Doing some research about the Dallam Teaching Alliance and the University of Cumbria is good preparation and we will of course provide you with plenty of opportunities to ask questions on the day. 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.

Following the interview we update UCAS which is followed up by the University’s formal offer letter to confirm your place, if successful. There may be targeted conditions depending on assessment at interview, for example more observations in school or a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

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

We are committed to ensuring that our trainees are able to participate effectively in all aspects of the course.

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

Contact this training provider

015395 65165
Dallam Teaching Alliance, C/o Dallam School
Haverflatts Lane

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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