St Peter’s Solihull Teaching School Alliance
English (2QRC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
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

On our School Direct programme, you gain “hands on” experience of teaching in a school with the added benefit of academic post-graduate study through the University. Rest assured that we don’t throw you in at the deep end! You start by observing excellent practice in a range of subjects to help you develop an understanding of what outstanding teaching and learning looks like. Then gradually you start teaching - perhaps a starter or part of a lesson at first - until you feel confident and competent enough to take whole lessons by yourself. By the end of the training year, you’ll be teaching just under what an NQT teaches.

Being on a school-led programme means you get the benefit of being a member of staff from the outset; you will support a form group, to help develop your pastoral experience, and will engage in all aspects of school life - curriculum, pastoral and social. You will receive excellent subject knowledge development from your mentor and other teachers in school.

You spend the equivalent of one day a week at University, developing pedagogical understanding, and the rest of the week in school. As part of the programme, you will complete a second placement in a different school. In school, you will receive a weekly mentor meeting as well as weekly training to enhance your professional development.

Whilst in school, you are regularly observed by members of staff and University tutors to help you develop and progress. Assessment forms are completed half-termly and you will have academic assignment deadlines for the University.

We have trained teachers for many years and have an excellent track record. We are different to many other providers in that we are a relatively small Alliance; this means we know all of our trainees well and can offer bespoke and personalised programmes to meet their needs. We are passionate about what we do and love working with the next generation of teachers!

Interview process

If you are invited to interview, this will take place in school. The interview will comprise of three main parts:

  • Teaching a micro lesson to a class of pupils
  • Completing diagnostic tests
  • A panel interview

How school placements work

We have a range of schools within our Alliance including primary schools, 11-16 secondary schools and 11-18 secondary schools. When you apply for a place within our Alliance, you specify which school (sometimes known as a “campus”) you would like to work at. We try to place you in your chosen school wherever possible. If you are selected for interview, your interview will be at that school. In the event that a training place has already been filled at your chosen school, you may be offered the opportunity to train at a different school (if applicable).

Trainees will be based in their main school for the vast majority of the year. Primary trainees complete one term in a second school; secondary trainees complete one half-term in second school. All trainees will also have the opportunity to attend short placements in different phase schools.


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

For non-salaried courses, the trainee is expected to fund the tuition fees. Please refer to the University for specific information regarding their fees.

Bursaries are available in some subjects. Further information regarding bursaries can be found here:

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

For salaried trainees, The Host School will pay the University fees.



Grade C (or 4) in GCSE English and Mathematics

A levels or equivalent post-16 study

An Honours degree, preferably a 2:2 or above.

Successful candidates also need to pass the Skills Tests, however this does not have to be completed prior to interview.

Personal qualities

The keys qualities we look for in a trainee are enthusiasm, passion and commitment. We want to work with people who love their subject, enjoy being part of a team and who want to make a real difference to the lives of young people. For us, potential is more important than experience. Oh, and a good sense of humour is also essential in the teaching profession!

About the training provider

St. Peter’s Solihull Teaching School Alliance is an Alliance of primary and secondary schools based in Solihull and Birmingham. We offer non-salaried places at primary and salaried and non-salaried places in a range of secondary subjects. As a relatively small Alliance, we pride ourselves on the personal and bespoke training that you receive with us; we tailor your training year around your experience, needs and progress. It isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach for us. We work closely with two local Universities, Newman University and The University of Warwick, to offer our School Direct programmes in our schools. All of our courses allow trainees to gain QTS, a PGCE and Masters credits. If you train with us, you will receive an excellent programme of support and professional development to enable you to become an outstanding classroom practitioner. Our friendly and approachable staff are highly experienced in training and developing teachers and we are incredibly proud to have a 100% recruitment rate. We are passionate about training the next generation of teachers, and our future stars of the profession, and we help our trainees every step of the way.

About the accredited body

We have worked with Newman University on our School Direct programme for many years and have an excellent relationship with them. As well as having a mentor in your school, you would also have a University tutor who would support you throughout the course. You would spend some days at the University, developing knowledge pedagogy. As a relatively small University, Newman are people-focused; the staff know the trainees well and really look after them.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates with disabilities or other needs should not be afraid of following their dream of becoming a teacher. We welcome applications from all candidates, and no applicant will be disadvantaged in the admissions process due to a disability, health condition or learning difficulty.

If you have a disability, including a specific learning difficulty, we strongly encourage you to tell us on your application form, as this will enable our administrative team to contact you to begin to discuss any support requirements you may have.

If you have disclosed a disability in your application, the selection processes we follow is identical to those for all other applicants.

Contact details

0121 705 3988
St. Peter's Catholic School
West Midlands
B91 3NZ


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