Stour Vale Academy Trust
Primary Early Years (3-7) (3XWZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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

Stour Vale Academy Trust (SVAT) offers primary school direct training for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. 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 closely with the University of Worcester to provide a comprehensive, robust and supportive training package that fully prepares trainees for a rewarding teaching career.

We offer two specialist primary pathways. The 3 to 7 pathway provides experience of both EYFS and key stage 1, whereas the 5 to 11 primary pathway provides trainees with experience of both key stage 1 and key stage 2. Trainees spend around 90 days in their main school (across the autumn and summer terms) and up to 40 days in their second placement (spring term). The 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.

All trainees will be fully supported by their class mentor and lead mentor in school as well as by a university tutor. The class mentor will provide specific in-school support, including access to the latest teaching and learning strategies. 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!

Alongside their teaching commitments, trainees will also spend approximately 30 days with the University of Worcester where they will receive expert training by primary subject-specialists as well as other enhancement activities. There will be two assignments plus a presentation assessing a trainee’s subject and pedagogical knowledge which together form part of the PGCE Primary offer including 60 Masters credits.

As well as professional development through university, SVAT also deliver a programme of in-school professional studies across the year drawing on expertise from across the ITT partnership. This includes training sessions in all aspects of school life delivered by guest speakers and serving teachers to enhance trainees’ understanding of contemporary practice.

Interview process

Applications through the 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.

How school placements work

Trainees have three placements across the course of the year and these are spent in two different schools. 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 term placements at your host school (around 90 days) and the spring term in your second placement school (around 40 days). These placements will provide you with experience of the different key stages for your chosen pathway: 3 to 7 (EYFS and KS1) or 5 to 11 (KS1 and KS2). Please note that upon gaining QTS, you will be qualified to teach the entire primary school range of 3 to 11.

All trainees are allocated a class 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.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,700

Fee amount pending confirmation from the University of Worcester.

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.



You will have attained an undergraduate degree. You will also need GCSEs to Grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science; however, we will consider candidates who need to take an equivalency test as well as those with a pending GCSE.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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 details

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


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Junction Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1JX
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