Celtic Cross Education
Primary (N276)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The School Direct course is a demanding and intensive school- based course which will lead to a recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE 5-11) accredited by Plymouth Marjon University.

The School Direct course is a thorough and effective way of training ‘on the job’, with less time spent in University and more time in the actual classroom. Trainees are able to benefit from this extra time by absorbing more of the excellent teaching practices around them, as well as being accepted as a member of teaching staff quickly.

The Primary (5-11) course aims to give participants experience of the full range of ages between 5 and 11 in two contrasting school placements. Trainees initially observe and wok with small groups, eventually leading to whole class teaching in two different schools. Trainees also benefit from taking part in three focus weeks based on SEND, Outdoor Education and Christian Distinctiveness. In addition, taught sessions will take place once or twice a week at Plymouth Marjon University where trainees will essentially be taught the academic requirements of the PGCE course. School Direct trainees on our programme will complete placements in two contrasting schools, teaching in different age phases at each one and within different sized and located schools. Placement schools will be chosen in discussion with trainees linked to preferences of location, size of school and any transport needs.

Interview process

Our interviews are held in Celtic Cross Education partnership schools. The interviews are conducted by representatives from CCE and partnership schools.

The interview will consist of the following:

  • Activity with pupils

  • Formal interview

  • Written English test – piece of writing to assess written fluency and spelling, punctuation and grammar

  • Maths test

  • Opportunity to meet course leaders and ask questions about the training

You will only be asked to attend one selection day and candidates are informed of the outcome later that day.

How school placements work

School Direct trainees on our programme will complete placements in two contrasting schools, teaching in different age phases at each one and within different sized and located schools. Placement schools will be chosen in discussion with trainees linked to preferences of location, size of school and any transport needs.

Trainees will have two lead mentors, one at the lead placement school and a University based tutor to guide you through your year. Another mentor will be provided during your second shorter placement with the lead mentors overseeing the placement. During all three placements trainees will work closely with their class teachers and other teachers within the schools.

Additionally, trainees will also complete shorter placements within focus weeks, covering SEND, Outdoor Education and Church School Distinctiveness. These placements will take place in a wider number of CCE schools.

CCE training is delivered in our schools and also at our Trust Training Centre led by Trust staff and specialist providers.


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

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.



Applicants must have a degree normally at 2:2 or above and GCSE English, Science and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

A- level qualifications in relevant subjects are desirable.

School Direct candidates must meet these standard entry requirements of the University and be approved by the University.

Personal qualities

Being passionate about making a difference to the lives of children. A desire to teach and inspire. Enthusiasm about the curriculum with a subject specialism.
Creative and imaginative. The ability to present information and communicate well verbally and in writing. Strong organisational skills. Sense of humour and able to be a team player.

Other requirements

Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

A good reference.

Relevant experience in a primary school setting within the last twelve months is beneficial for your application but not essential.

About the training provider

We can offer you:

All CCE schools adhering to the Celtic Cross Education Vision


A range of 12 schools – from large urban schools, smaller village schools to one of the smallest rural schools in Cornwall. Schools near the coast, moor or town. Schools isolated by location from others, or within close proximity to other local Trust schools.

Schools with a range of class, year and phase structures from single aged classes, mixed aged classes to whole key stages.

Church School ethos across all twelve schools with a Christian Distinctiveness Lead across the Trust.

Focus weeks in Outdoor Education, SEND including Nurture provision and Christian Distinctiveness.

Dedicated and experienced school leaders and mentors who have ITT experience.

Training delivered in our schools and at our Trust Training Centre led by Trust staff and specialist providers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Applicants with disabilities and other needs should inform us of this on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Please find detailed information about the support we provide in conjunction with Plymouth Marjon University below:

University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) :www.marjon.ac.uk/student-life/student-support-/disability–inclusion-advice-service

Contact details

Unit 15, Victoria Trading Estate
PL26 8LX


Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Bishop Bronescombe
84 Boscoppa road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3DT
Yes X
Grampound With Creed
Fore Street, Grampound, Cornwall, TR2 4SB
Yes 4
Ladock , Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4PL
Yes M
St Michael’s Church of England Primary School
Penberthy Road, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8AR
Yes R
St Petrocs
Athelstan Park, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1DS
Yes P
St Winnow
Downend, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0RA
Yes C

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

Get support and advice about teaching

Register with Get Into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Website support

If you have feedback or have had a problem using Find postgraduate teacher training you can contact us by email.

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.