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Selection Criteria

Entry Requirements

Your academic qualifications are used to help determine your potential to meet the intellectual rigour of the course.

To be eligible for admission to the Primary PGCE programme, the PCP requires that:

  • You have attained a minimum grade C in the GCSE (or equivalent) examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.
  • You hold a second class honours degree from a United Kingdom university (or Higher Education Institution), or a degree from the CNAA, or a recognised equivalent qualification, as the minimum requirement.
  • You are able to read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
  • You have experience in a mainstream primary school in England.


Previous experience in schools

The PGCE is a very challenging year. Candidates who have had experience in schools find it a lot easier to come to grips with the heavy demands of the course. Applicants who demonstrate that they have gained or intend to gain experience in a maintained primary school in England increase their chances of success at interview. If you are offered a place, there is a requirement for you to arrange at least two weeks’ experience in an English maintained primary school before the start of the course. You may be given certain tasks to do during these two weeks to focus your observations and reflections.

The Selection Process

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview. PCP interviews take place over half a day with an interview panel and small group of other applicants.

The selection process will consist of:

  • Document check – a list of what to bring is given in your interview invitation
  • Presentation – you will be asked to give a five minute presentation to the group.
  • Personal Interview – You will take part in a personal interview
  • Tasks – There will be a short written tasks to complete in English and Mathematics. These will give us the chance to assess your current abilities in these areas.

At selection, applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • The capability to meet the required DfE Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of their training and the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities required to become teachers.
  • That they possess physical and mental fitness to teach.
  • Entrants are required to satisfy interviewers that they possess the physical and mental fitness necessary to meet the strenuous demands of teaching as detailed in ‘Able to teach’ (2007) guidance.Applicants with disabilities who are able to demonstrate they are capable of meeting the challenging demands of the teaching profession are encouraged to apply.


All entrants will be required to sign a declaration that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children. A rigorous police checking system is used to ascertain that trainees offered a place have no criminal background that might prevent them from working with children.

If you are keen to apply to us, you should indicate your desire to study for a PGCE with the PCP. Entrants do not need to come from a Catholic background. Entrants of other faiths and beliefs will be considered as long as they are in sympathy with the aims and mission of the Partnership. Successful completion of the course will enable you to teach in successfully in whatever school you join. Each year our trainees successfully take up posts in Catholic, Church of England and community primary schools without a faith background.