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Axbridge C of E First School Academy Primary (N663)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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 Trainees will study the following topic areas:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice.
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Subject Specialist Research
  • Global Dimensions
  • Foundation Studies As well as the above we offer the following conference themes:
  • Learning without Limits
  • Psychologies/EAL
  • Behaviour
  • Teaching cross curricular English with a global dimension.

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 (PT Mentor) form the school of your main placement and a Tutor 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

We expect trainees to have a degree (2:2 or higher) or NARIC equivalent, preferably with a relevance to the primary or early curriculum, as well as strong English Language, Maths and Science. (GCSE Grades 4/C or above) or equivalent.

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).

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We are a family of 13 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 qualification.

About the accredited body

Somerset SCITT’s partnership with the University of Worcester has grown and developed since 1997, providing high quality, local teacher training to benefit the education of young people across the Southwest. In 2017 Somerset SCITT was awarded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ (in all areas).

Our ethos is:

  • To contribute to the quality and status of the teaching profession by training effective teachers
  • To encourage trainees to explore their training as a basis for their continuing professional development.
  • To help Trainees become familiar with a range of professional and educational issues by applying their growing knowledge and skills in a practical and supportive environment.

Interview process

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

The interview process is currently virtual and will consist of an activity with a book activity, a presentation and formal interview.

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

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021