Stour Vale School Direct Music (2ZDW)

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

Accredited body
Haybridge Alliance SCITT
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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Stour Vale Academy Trust [] offers Secondary School Direct training in a range of subjects. Our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Partnership includes a number of excellent schools across the Black Country where trainees will spend the majority of their time. School Direct trainees enjoy more time in school than their PGCE Core counterparts, learning and honing their craft at the chalkface!

We work in unison with Haybridge Alliance SCITT (accredited through Birmingham City University) to deliver a high-quality training programme for our trainee Music teachers.

Haybridge offer a comprehensive Professional Studies programme which includes training in all aspects of school life. Trainees attend theory sessions at Haybridge one day a week with the rest of their time being spent in school. Sessions are designed to support trainees’ development in the core areas of the Core Content Framework (CCF) and provide a valuable insight into pedagogical approaches. The PGCE element of the course is assessed alongside this programme of study. Trainees work through three modules throughout the year, all of which must be passed to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Trainees spend the Autumn and Summer Terms in their lead school and the Spring Term in another school to gain experience of a different context. Autumn term will consist in observing lessons and working collaboratively with other teachers, and trainees will be teaching independently around October half-term. Teaching allocations will then be increased gradually over the next two terms.

All trainees are fully supported by both their subject and their professional mentor in school where they will apply what they have learned in Professional Studies into the classroom. The subject mentor will provide subject-specific support, including access to the latest teaching and learning strategies in order to become a confident teacher. In addition to school and university support, the Stour Vale Central Team will be with you at every stage of the course to provide professional guidance, expert pedagogical knowledge, along with heaps of advice, support and encouragement!

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School placements

We discuss placement schools at the application stage. In all cases, the applicant’s own circumstances will be considered so that travel times are not inconvenient. A full, clean driving license and access to a car is desirable, but not essential.

Successful candidates will spend the Autumn and Summer Terms at their host school and the Spring Term in a second placement at a different school.

All trainees are allocated a subject mentor and a professional mentor within school. Teaching timetables are staged and trainees will be expected to be teaching independently by the end of the first term.

Weekly meetings and observations will be designed to fully support the trainee’s needs and help them to develop as classroom practitioners.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Oldbury Academy
Pound Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8NE
Ridgewood High School
Park Road West, Wollaston, West Midlands, DY8 3NQ
Stour Vale Academy Trust
c/o Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3NA

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in music 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who first and foremost believe in the power of education to transform the lives of young people, whatever their background and ability. You will be hard-working, with an enquiring mind and have the resilience to stay the course. Teaching is the most rewarding job in the world, but it is also, like all professions, a challenging one. You will be supported all the way, but we also want you to be independent, a critical thinker, reflective and self-aware. You will also need to be a confident communicator who will contribute to a great team spirit.

Other requirements

  • Full criminal/DBS checks will be carried out upon application.
  • Trainees without the relevant degree may well be expected to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for Fitness to Teach. We endeavour to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Stour Vale School Direct provides a unique, high-quality teacher training experience for prospective Primary and Secondary teachers via School Direct Initial Teacher Training courses. We are an alliance of schools based across the West Midlands that work closely together in collaboration with local universities to recruit and train the teachers and school leaders of the future.

With an exciting and comprehensive training programme that delivers up-to-date pedagogy alongside proven and practical skills for use in the classroom, our vision is to ensure all trainees are given the best possible start to their teaching career. Experienced mentors guide trainees through the course and ensure that their time with us is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable!

We work closely with a number of schools across Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, and South Staffordshire as part of our School Direct partnership. For an up-to-date list of our partnership schools, please visit: (

Our courses are accredited by the University of Worcester, Newman University and Haybridge Alliance SCITT (c/o Birmingham City University), and award a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS to all successful trainees.

For more information about Stour Vale School Direct, please visit:( Alternatively, you can sign up for one of our regular online or face-to-face School Direct information events here: (

For any enquiries, please feel free to contact us directly by email at or by telephone on 0121 585 5385. We look forward to hearing from you!

Interview process

For applications through Haybridge SCITT, candidates will attend an interview with their lead school which will include a presentation and a formal interview with subject and course leaders from the school and Stour Vale. Candidates will also be asked to deliver a lesson or part-lesson. This could be face-to-face with pupils, or remotely to the interview panel made up of representatives from Stour Vale and the lead school. We will provide further details upon application.

Interviews with the lead school may be online OR face-to-face. Where possible, we encourage all applicants to visit their lead school prior to interview and support candidates in arranging this.

Successful candidates are required to take an English and Maths skills test just before or at the very start of the course.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We are a fully inclusive Trust and pride ourselves on our provision for all our stakeholders’ needs. Wheelchair access is excellent with lift access to all areas of our site. We take care to ensure the mental health and well-being of staff and pupils and have recognised this in our School Direct handbook.

Contact this training provider

0121 585 5385
c/o Halesowen College
Whittingham Road
West Midlands
B63 3NA

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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