Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

The Learning Institute South West English (2QK2)

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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

The course will start on Friday 2nd September 2022. You will spend most of your first 2 weeks of the induction period undertaking central training in our facilities either in Roche or in Plymouth. 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 undertake a placement in a second school. 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 Core 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. 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.

School placements

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. Our partnership schools range from Land’s End into Devon. When choosing the right placement school for your training, TLISW will aim to place you at a school to minimise travel time while ensuring you receive the best quality school experiences. You will need to complete at least 2 school placements and train across 2 Key Stages. In the past 2 years we have placed our English trainees in the following schools:

  • Plymstock School -Coombe Dean School -Brannel School -St Ives School

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Candidates successful at interview and who accept our offer will have access to our Equivalency Testing service at approximately £45 per test. We also accept tests undertaken through AStar Equivalency.

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

Fees and financial support

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

For further details please check our website Student Loans and Other Finance

About the training provider

The Learning Institute is an outreach arm of WeST (Westcountry Schools Trust). We work in partnership with The University of Worcester, a provider with a long-standing reputation for training excellent and highly employable teachers. You will be supported throughout your course with personalised academic and professional tutoring. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher.

Our PGCE courses offer Master’s-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.

Interview process

Following your application 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. The interviews will be held in our offices in Roche, Cornwall and take half a day. 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.

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.

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

The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

  • Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips.--- This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
  • Limited loans of equipment
  • Confidential advice and support for students and staff
  • Training and awareness raising workshops
  • Assistive technology

Contact this training provider

Rm B304, Beacon Place, Station Approach
PL26 8LG

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

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022