Successful candidates should normally demonstrate that they already have:

  • C grade GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics or standard equivalent
  • Normally Grade B at A Level in relevant subject or standard equivalent

and that the applicant already has, or is in the process of obtaining:

  • A first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) from a UK university. If the applicant is in his/her final year, a successful outcome should be predicted by the referee.

What do I need to do now?

More information about the application process can be found here. You can also request a prospectus on our contact page.

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We provide support to all our trainees, along with guidance and advice necessary to become an outstanding professional.

Support comes from a wide variety of different professionals based at Turton School, our partnership schools, external organisations and Liverpool John Moores University, including:

  • The Head of Programme based at Turton School
  • A Subject Lead who will visit in placement for tutorials and lesson observations and lead group subject sessions, usually weekly. The Subject Lead will also work closely to support and provide a link between the programme and the Subject Coaches in our partner schools
  • Individual Subject Coaches at each placement school for everyday mentoring
  • A School Lead at each placement school
  • Liverpool John Moores University tutors and external professional leaders for the academic modules
  • A PQO (Partnership Quality Officer)

We also assist with the journey pre to post course, providing support to help you successfully apply for our course and then move on to a successful teaching career.


A major advantage of studying for a School Direct PGCE with Turton is the support that Liverpool John Moores University provides to all its students, including those who are on a School Direct Programme such as ours. With a comprehensive student support service, the University can help with almost anything to do with student life.

The University offers advice through its Student Services team on finances such as access to hardship loans, Careers Guidance, help finding somewhere to live, or a confidential one-on-one with a qualified counsellor.

Support is available for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) e.g. dyslexia, provided through the University's Inclusive Services team who have highly experienced staff members.

In addition, there's an impressive Library Service available to ensure all students get the best out of the extensive information resources and excellent learning facilities.