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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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.

School placements

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.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bishop Bronescombe
84 Boscoppa road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3DT
Grampound Road Village CofE School
South Street, Grampound Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4DY
Grampound With Creed
Fore Street, Grampound, Cornwall, TR2 4SB
Ladock , Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4PL
Lerryn C of E Primary School
School Lane, Lerryn, Lostwithiel, Cornwall,, PL22 0QA
Marhamchurch CofE Primary School
Helebridge Road, Marhamchurch, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0HY
St Mabyn CofE School
St Mabyn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3BQ
St Michael’s Church of England Primary School
Penberthy Road, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8AR
St Petrocs
Athelstan Park, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1DS
St Tudy CofE Primary School
St Tudy, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3NH
St Winnow
Downend, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0RA
Veryan CofE School
Veryan, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5QA

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

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.

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.

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

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 this training provider

Unit 15, Victoria Trading Estate
PL26 8LX

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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