The Learning Institute South West
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PGCE with QTS full time

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 course will start on Friday 3rd September 2021. You will spend most of your first 2 weeks of the induction period undertaking central training in our facilities either in Roche or at Plymstock School. On completion the of induction period, all trainees start their first school placement. Most training weeks you will be in your school placement from Monday to Thursday with Fridays reserved for taught sessions. In the Spring Term you will need to undertake a second school placement. This is likely to be for the whole term. After the Easter holidays trainees return to their first placement. You will be assigned a School Based Mentor, who will lead your work-based training and oversee your placement experience. You will also work closely with a Visiting Tutor, who will provide additional guidance to both School Based Mentor and trainee. Your placement will be guided by our purpose-built, week-by-week instructions helping you to master classroom based skills. The General Knowledge and Skills Programme provides a thoughtfully sequenced schedule of tasks that ensures that you have a secure understanding of effective practice and can apply its principles to your teaching. Successful engagement with our programme will result in recommendation for QTS with a ‘pass’ judgement. An optional Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) academic award requires you to complete a series of complementary tasks. A PGCE is the most widely recognised UK post graduate teaching award and is transferable across international borders. Through the completion of two Level 7 modules you will learn to engage critically with policy, practice, theoretical perspectives and research findings. The PGCE is available to all QTS candidates. It is provided in partnership with Newman University.

Interview process

Following your application through UCAS, shortlisting will take place to invite appropriate candidates to interview. This rigorous process will involve online discussion with an interview panel and subject specific presentation. Interviews by TLISW staff will be held online using: ZOOM or SKYPE. Prior to the interview you will be asked to provide a number of original documents, such as examination certificates, evidence of residency and proof of identity, for verification.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and you are therefore required to disclose all criminal convictions, including any which may be ‘spent’. You should also include details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings at the time of interview.

How school placements work

In The Learning Institute we believe a friendly and happy school environment constitutes a creative and supportive learning platform for trainees. We have a wide range of partnership schools and we are always looking to widen our alliance. You will need to complete at least 2 school placements and train across 2 Key Stages


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

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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.



a) A good degree (2.2 or above). Equivalent qualifications may also be considered. b) GCSE or O levels in English, Maths at Grade C /4 or above. We will consider candidates who are currently working towards these qualifications. We can offer equivalency tests in English and Maths; however we do encourage potential teachers to pursue full GCSEs for their own professional development. c) Following interview, successful candidates will need to complete Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment administrated by TLISW

Personal qualities

We are looking for positive, dynamic applicants who are committed and enthusiastic about working with children and sharing their passion for learning.

You should demonstrate a) Potential to become an outstanding, reflective practitioner. b) Ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English. c) Resilience to cope with the demands of an exacting profession. d) Commitment and motivation for successful study, including the potential intellectual capacity for academic study at Masters’ level.

Other requirements

Desirable: a) Recent experience of working with children in schools or other settings. This may include: nurseries, outdoor education facilities or as a support worker. b) Details of two appropriate referees who will provide confirmation of the applicant’s suitability for teaching

About the training provider

The Learning Institute South West is a successful and highly respected SCITT with over 15 years of experience.Since starting in 2004, the SCITT has trained over 600 teachers with excellent employment rates.The Learning Institute is an outreach arm of WeST (Westcountry Schools Trust). We work in close partnership with Southerly Point Co-Operative Multi Academy Trust,Poole Teaching School Alliance and a range of schools in the region to provide the best possible training experiences for our trainees.The breadth and strength of our partnerships allow us to bring together expertise from across the region to provide the highest quality taught sessions and placements.Our programme is designed not only to prepare trainees to flourish in the teaching profession now,but also throughout their careers. We are committed to developing the school leaders of the future through our values-led programmes,supporting critical reflective practice and principled decision-making.Our teacher training programmes are school-based.This is the best way to experience all aspects of school life,learning from outstanding practising teachers.You will be supported by mentors and our experienced tutor team.School-based learning is supported by regular taught sessions to help develop teaching skills with greater depth and understanding.‘Trainees receive excellent support from their schools and visiting tutors’External Moderator.Our trainees benefit from a friendly supportive environment. External Moderators report,‘Leaders ensure that the well-being of trainees is a high priority’.We are able to treat trainees as individuals and understand that trainees coming into teaching have different backgrounds and strengths. We can provide personalised programmes to enable bespoke learning opportunities.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will support and advise people with individual needs who wish to come into teaching and when necessary help them access the appropriate resources to meet their goals. Medical conditions are confidentially assessed by Teacher Training Occupational Heath advisers, who make impartial recommendations about candidates’ suitability and readiness for the teaching profession. By raising awareness of all strands of diversity we aim to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunities. We are preparing our trainee teachers to become good global citizens, and to appreciate the diverse society in which they live. TLISW endeavours to recruit a workforce which reflects the differences of our trainees. We believe that, in turn, this helps to shape responsive teachers. We appreciate that talents reside in people of all backgrounds.

Contact details

Rm B304, Beacon Place, Station Approach
PL26 8LG


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Plymstock School
Church Road, Plymstock, Plymouth, PL9 9AZ
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