Axbridge C of E First School Academy Primary (N663)

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

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT Consortium
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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will be trained in highly aspirational and supportive environments to enable the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. You will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to deliver excellent provision for young people. Training will be delivered by expert teachers in the partnership schools enhanced by full access to the SCITT training and support programmes.

The placements in school are enriched with specific face to face training days at Somerset SCITT

Somerset SCITT’s curriculum is based on our INSPIRE principles:

  • Inclusivity

  • Nurturing Behaviour

  • Support and progress of pupils though assessment

  • Promoting high expectations

  • Instilling confidence

  • Response to and critically engage with research and national developments

  • Enhance trainees subject and pedagogical knowledge

School placements

You will be assigned to one of the schools in the partnership in which you will do teaching placements in the Autumn and Summer terms.

Part of the Spring term will be a teaching placement in a contrasting school and Key stage within the Wessex Hub of schools. You will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and professional development days in the main placement school with additional opportunities to attend training across the wider hub where appropriate.

Each trainee will be assigned a Professional Tutor (Mentor) from the school of your main placement and a Placement Moderator from Somerset SCITT who will make a minimum of two visits per term.

Our PT’s are outstanding teachers who are experienced in supporting the professional development of new and experienced teachers. They have a range of skills including coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. You are therefore assured of a high level of personal and professional support in a programme which is well managed at all levels.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Personal qualities

The Schools Direct training programme is for high quality graduates who want to train as part of a school team. We offer placements across Early Years and the Primary phase.

We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and passionate trainee teachers to join our schools. We are seeking trainees who have a natural rapport with children and adults, an innate passion for teaching and learning and who strive to make a positive difference to children’s lives.

Other requirements

All trainees must complete an enhanced clearance from the DBS service regarding their suitability to work with young people and health and medical checks.

Trainees will be required to read and sign key policies regarding safeguarding (Code of Conduct, ICT Acceptable user agreement).

Suitable references

To comply with KCSIE (2022) online search of all shortlisted candidates will be completed.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We are a family of 16 schools, in close proximity across the Cheddar Valley area, with children at the heart of our school system. Our closeness in locality and partnership working will offer effective and supportive placements for you as a student.
The Cheddar Valley is a three tier system, from 2-18 years. As such, we plan opportunities for you to be exposed to year groups beyond your PGCE that would further enhance your qualification and experience. Joint training opportunities are also planned throughout the year through INSET days and networking opportunities.
Each placement would offer you high quality, school-based experience and training in partnership with Somerset SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) supported by a proven track record of excellent ITT provision.

Our professional tutors/teachers are excellent practitioners who are eager to share their knowledge skills and effective practice with the next generation of teachers. The course will provide QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) as well as a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). The Wessex Hub aims to create a pathway of the highest quality training and possible succession opportunities for trainees in its partner schools.

All schools are judged as Good or Outstanding in their recent Ofsted inspections and have a strong record of working with ITT providers. There is a vast array of expertise in the group of schools. Somerset SCITT are our accredited ITT partner, and judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017. The University of Worcester provide the necessary accreditation for your PGCE qualification.

Interview process

This is co-ordinated between Somerset SCITT and the Wessex Hub schools and Training Lead.

The interview process we are offering face to face and virtual interviews. Which will consist of a book activity, a presentation and formal interview with members of the SCITT team.

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 comply with the DDE requirements.

Contact this training provider

01934 732391
Moorland Street
BS23 2UX

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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