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Stour Vale Academy Trust Modern Languages (2ZFF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Haybridge Alliance SCITT
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Stour Vale Academy Trust (SVAT) offers primary and secondary school direct training. SVAT includes a number of excellent training schools across the Black Country and trainees will spend the majority of their time in these schools. We work with a number of providers, including University of Worcester, University of Wolverhampton and Haybridge Alliance SCITT (accredited through Birmingham City University).

We offer a comprehensive professional studies package which includes training in all aspects of school life, from assessment to work-life balance. Our programme is delivered by practising professionals and incorporates the latest pedagogy. It also includes visits to other schools alongside sessions from guest speakers to enhance your understanding of contemporary practice.

All trainees will be fully supported by both their subject and their professional mentor. 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 Teaching School team will be with you at every stage of the course to provide professional guidance, expert pedagogical knowledge, along with heaps of advice and encouragement!

Trainees will spend up to 70 days in their main school (autumn and summer term) and up to 35 days in their second placement (spring term). Autumn term will consist of observing lessons and working collaboratively with other teachers, and trainees will be teaching independently by October half-term. Teaching allocations will then be increased gradually over the next two terms. Alongside their teaching commitments, trainees will also spend approximately 45 days with their Higher Education provider where they will receive expert training in their subject specialisms as well as attending supplementary professional studies sessions and other enhancement activities. There will be two assignments plus a presentation assessing a trainee’s subject and pedagogical knowledge and which together form part of the PGCE Secondary offer (which also includes 60 Masters credits).

School placements

Stour Vale Academy Trust works with a number of schools across Birmingham and the Black Country, with the majority based in the Dudley Borough (see our web-site [] for further details). We will 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.

You will spend the autumn and summer terms at your host school and the spring term in your second placement.

Applicants through University of Worcester, University of Wolverhampton or Haybridge Alliance SCITT will be allocated through the same process.

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Secondary: You will have attained a degree in your subject area. We will consider other relevant and related degrees providing the necessary Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme is completed. You should have a Grade C/4 or above in both English and Mathematics; however, we will consider candidates who need to take an equivalency test as well as those with a pending GCSE.

Primary: In addition to a relevant degree, you will also need GCSE to Grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Stour Vale Academy Trust is a group of primary and secondary schools offering school direct training across a range of specialisms. Teaching and learning is our core purpose and our course is built on principles of knowledge, inquiry and challenge.

Whether you opt for primary or secondary training, you will be part of an exciting and comprehensive training programme. Supported by our experienced and talented mentors, you will quickly become an integral part of a supportive and aspirational environment that is committed to outstanding outcomes for all, assuring you of the best possible start to your teaching profession.

Our secondary schools: Redhill School, Stourbridge; The Earls High School, Halesowen; Ridgewood High School, Stourbridge

Our primary schools: Olive Hill Primary, Halesowen; Northfield Road Primary, Netherton; Newtown Primary, West Bromwich

We also work closely with a number of other schools in the Black Country, including Oldbury Academy, The Crestwood School (Dudley), Ormiston NEW Academy (Wolverhampton) and St Matthias School (Wolverhampton).

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

We offer places for secondary and primary trainees.

Interview process

Applications through University of Worcester: candidates will attend an interview at the university which will include a presentation and a formal interview with subject and course leaders from the university and Stour Vale.

School interviews will consist of a conversation with the subject lead and a formal interview with the professional mentor. Due to contemporary circumstances, interviews with the host school may be on-line OR face-to-face.

In either circumstance, you will be asked to deliver a lesson or part-lesson. This could be face-to-face with pupils, or remotely to the interview panel. We will provide further details on application.

For applications through University of Wolverhampton and Haybridge Alliance SCITT, the process will be similar to the process for Worcester, but there will be additional literacy and numeracy tasks for Haybridge candidates.

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 ITT handbook.

Contact this training provider

01384 816632
c/o Halesowen College
Whittingham Road
West Midlands
B63 3NA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021