St Peter’s Solihull Teaching School Alliance Geography (333D)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

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!

School placements

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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Blossomfield Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 1SN
Light Hall School
Hathaway Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2PZ
St. Peter’s Catholic School
Whitefields Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3NZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in geography 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

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!

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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 from the training provider

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

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.

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

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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