The Sanctuary at St Chads CE Primary School
Primary (29X3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The Sanctuary School Direct programme is a collaborative programme offering 120 days of 'hands-on' teaching experience in schools, 30 core days in a Teaching School facility within a primary school and a further 30 core days at the University of Huddersfield. Upon graduating from the programme, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS and 90 Masters level credits to ensure that you will have the best possible start to your teaching career.

Our teaching placements are based in schools across our alliance, in a range of differing contexts and are enhanced by additional enrichment placements and training.

Trainees will have the support of highly trained outstanding school- based professional mentors and a designated contact in our Teaching School, who will design a highly bespoke programme, tailored to meet trainees’ needs. As well as in-school experience, each trainee will attend core-training days in the National Teaching School and receive full access to all of the higher educational facilities the university has to offer.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence. There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further. Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the Department for Education.

Interview process

We love welcoming visitors to our school and we aim to make our interview process a positive experience for all. We realise that making the right choice of training route and provider is as important to candidates as it is for us to select the very best potential and by including a tour of our school and an opportunity to meet past students, we hope to give applicants a true reflection of our ethos and approach.

Interviews take place each month once the application cycle is open. The interview process typically includes:

  • An applicants’ briefing and tour of the school
  • A class-based assessment; during this counterpart, you will be asked to facilitate a 20 minute activity with a class of children on a topic of your choice
  • A group task; during this activity you will take part in a group discussion about your values and ethos.
  • A written task; during this activity you will be expected to write a short piece of text to display your written communication skills.
  • An opportunity to meet a past student and discuss their experience on the course
  • A panel interview with members of the alliance

During this process you will be interviewed as to your suitability for the position on the School Direct Programme and will be given the opportunity to ask any further questions you may have about the course.

How school placements work

We have a number of long-standing school partnerships across Oldham, Tameside and Rochdale and we work extremely closely with our partners to ensure that every student has the very best experience possible.

The course typically consists of two main placements, in two contrasting settings and age phases, but there are also a number of additional experiences offered, including short placements in specialist SEND settings and those with high-proportions of learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL).

For further information about the course structure and design please email


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £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.

Financial support from the training provider

The tuition fee for PGCE students in 2019/20 is £9,250. Find out more information about financial support available to PGCE students on the UCAS website.

You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.

You apply for the tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University. When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.



You will normally need:

  • GCSE qualifications at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme in English, Maths and Science.
  • Good grades at A-Level (or equivalent) at the time of application.
  • An Honours degree classified as 2:1 or above (strong candidates with a 2:2 will be considered).
  • Skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

We ask for conditions to be met by 31 August 2019.

Personal qualities

We are looking for inspirational people who have the ambition to become the school leaders of the future. We want the most committed and aspirational trainees, who will embrace the opportunities we offer and be committed to personal development and life-long learning.

In addition to the entry requirement above, we also advise that you spend some time gaining experience in a primary school in Key Stage 1 and 2 to give you a greater insight into your career choice and help you decide whether teaching is right for you. Other areas of relevant experience may also support your application.

Other requirements

  • You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
  • You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
  • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check
  • We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

About the training provider

The Sanctuary Learning Centre is a purpose built facility based at the heart of St. Chad’s C E Primary School; a National Teaching School and Designated OLEVI Centre (DOC), which is part of the Sola Fide Multi-Academy Trust.

The Sanctuary encapsulates the school’s overall philosophical stance as a place for personal reflection, challenge and individual growth. The name ‘The Sanctuary’ has connotations of safety, harmony and mindfulness and the tag line 'reflect and learn' is the mantra that runs throughout our work.

As a National Support School, the Sanctuary utilises the expertise of outstanding teachers, Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and National Leader of Education (NLEs), to provide Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and build capacity within other educational establishments; willingly sharing skills, knowledge and expertise in a non threatening manner, ensuring the utmost degree of confidentiality.

Being committed to the highest quality of induction for all those entering the teaching profession in Oldham and beyond, The Sanctuary has long been dedicated to supporting the Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers. Consequently, we have developed our own NQT programme, accredited by OLEVI, in-order to support NQTs and their coaches within the authority, ensuring they have a successful induction year and continue to develop their potential as the outstanding teachers of the future.

About the accredited body

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record; producing highly skilled teachers since 1947 and today training over 1,500 teachers together with local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then this could be the perfect choice.

The University operates strong and credible partnerships with education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together our academics, researchers and partners within schools and colleges work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed within the workplace.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Wellbeing and Disability Service at the University of Huddersfield works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities or conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments and social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues. Our main aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you're capable of. For more information please email

Contact details

01457 778488
St Chad's CE Primary School
Rhodes Avenue


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St Chad's CE Primary School, Rhodes Avenue, Uppermill, Oldham, OL3 6EE
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