Castle Hill School Primary with SEND (K977)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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
14 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our School Direct programme provides you with the opportunity to be immersed into life in a Primary or Special School. This is a full time course where you will become part of the staff team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You will experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved the wider school including, CPD events and a range of whole school events. Students will spend 3 days per week in their host schools when not on placement. Alongside this you will receive 2 days per week of high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by experienced teachers and University tutors. Opportunities for trainees to work or study collaboratively is a focus of our training programme. We also provide opportunities to attend relevant CPD events as well as team building activities across the year. SEND Students will spend each term in a different school (2x Specialist and 1x mainstream) undertaking an assessed placement in each setting. Students will have a mentor in each school. Further support is also available through the University Partnership Lead and the Programme Partnership Lead. Our Primary PGCE with QTS programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. During this course you will undertake two 30-credit masters level modules to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. The modules are taught by University of Cumbria lecturers who ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to inform your teaching and provide a toolkit to take forward in your career. This collaborative approach to teacher training ensures that students have access to both excellent school-based practice and well-regarded academic input which has been planned to create a coherent and valuable learning experience. This training is delivered by the University of Cumbria within our alliance based in Kirklees

School placements

There are 3 formal assessed placements as part of the programme. -4 weeks placement in the autumn term( Beginning) -5 week placement in the spring term(Developing) -9 week placement in the summer term(Extending) You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in 3 different school settings. Schools are allocated following a discussion around where a student lives, ability to travel and specific needs which might impact on the placement. Students are not expected to find their own placements. Students are supported through their placements by a school based mentor. A personal tutor is also allocated to each student to support them throughout the programme. There are a number of observations carried out followed by reflective feedback and evaluation. All students work with their mentor to set targets against the teaching standards throughout their placement

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, someone who enjoys a challenge and who puts children and their needs first. Experience of working with children or young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity is desirable however not essential. If accepted onto our course we may be able to offer the opportunity to gain additional experience in one of our alliance schools.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

Castle Hill School is the lead school of Pennine Teaching School Alliance.

As a special school we are able to offer our trainees high quality placements within an SEND setting. We are working in partnership with other local SEND schools to ensure that you are provided with a broad experience of SEND during your time as a trainee teacher.

Not only will you have the opportunity to train with in an SEND setting but you will also spend time on placement with one of our strong partner primary schools.

All teachers that train with us will complete their training qualified to work as a mainstream Primary teacher or work within an SEND school.

This route is ideal for all primary trainees that have in interest in supporting SEND or who have the aspirations to the be SENCos of the future.

We are a small partnership, holding all of our training seminars in schools giving you real opportunities to experience the life of being a teacher.

By being a part of a small cohort of trainee teachers we can ensure that we are able to provide personal, dedicated support. One size does not fit all.

We are working closely with the University of Cumbria to be able to deliver this highly specialised programme. The University will provide the PGCE course content as face to face learning at Castle Hill School.

Interview process

Castle Hill School works in conjunction with the University of Cumbria to select suitable candidates to take through to our interview process. This will include initial safeguarding checks and whether candidates meet minimum entry requirements. If selected for interview you will be invited to attend for an interview at one of the Specialist schools. The interview will consist of an academic task, a 20 minute mini teach and a formal interview.

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

As an SEND provider we are well equipped and experienced in supporting a range of needs.

We will consider all applications based on their own merits and we actively welcome applications from suitable qualified individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of race, disability, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

We would encourage our trainees to talk to us. We want to support you to become a successful teacher.

Contact this training provider

01484 544558
Newsome Road, South
West Yorkshire

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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