The Lion Alliance Art and Design (3DL8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


About the course

Please visit the Warwick University website for specific details of the course.

This course will develop you to teach your chosen subject to learners in a secondary school. You will spend four days a week in school and one day at university. Your subject mentor and professional mentor in school will support and develop you into the best classroom practitioner you can be; you will observe lessons and gradually teach classes. There is a clear focus on reflecting upon your practice to identify ways to further develop. Throughout the training year you will be formally observed, supported to teach and contribute to the wider context of the school. For example you will also have a tutor/mentor group. In partnership with the university, we will assess your progress against the Teaching Standards and support you to meet these across the year. At university you will work in subject groups and complete assignments as part of the course.

School placements

During your training year, you will spend the majority of your time in one school and later in the year you will spend a shorter time in a second, complementary placement. This is to give you a contrasting experience of schools and an opportunity to work with different learners and different practitioners from different schools.

We have several Secondary and Primary school partners in our Alliance and are able to offer you the opportunity to really consider the school in which you’d like to spend your training year. On application you will of course select your preferred school and although these placements are subject to availability, the size of our Alliance means we can sometimes offer you a second school to consider if your first choice is full.

Please visit our website to see the list of our strategic partner schools:

Each of our partner schools have a wealth of experience in their subject mentors. Please visit our website for more details:


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Arts and Community College
Sandpits Lane, Coventry, CV6 2FR
Coundon Court
Northbrook Road, Coventry, CV6 2AJ
Finham Park 2
Torrington Avenue, Coventry, CV4 9WT
Main Site
Finham Park School, Green Lane, Coventry, CV3 6EA
Princethorpe College
Leamington Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9PX
West Coventry Academy
Nutbrook Avenue, Coventry, CV4 9PW

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

We work with the University on a case by case basis.

The University of Warwick accepts equivalency tests in English and Mathematics from:

Personal qualities

Please visit our website for helpful questions to consider before applying:

Other requirements

Ideally we like to see applicants who have some experience in a school setting or in working with young people. This could take the form of work experience/time spent in a school on an observation or voluntary basis or work with extra curricular groups or charity organisations, youth groups, etc. Of course, although relevant experience will support your application it is not a requirement.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

You may be asked by the University to pay for a DBS check.

About the training provider

The Lion Alliance is committed to providing excellent training for teachers at every stage of their career from Initial Teacher Training through to developing school leaders. Our priority is to develop and support you to become the most effective practitioner you can be.

Training with us gives you access to a wide range of highly experienced professionals, all at different stages of their career, who will help in your journey to qualify and enter the teaching profession.

Our Alliance consists of a growing number of primary and secondary schools, located across Coventry and Warwickshire, meaning that we are able to offer you the opportunity to develop your practice and classroom craft in different schools, in different key phases and in different settings.

We offer exceptional support to all of our trainee teachers. Once qualified, training and support doesn’t stop there; we believe in the importance of Continuing Professional Development and use the expertise of colleagues within The Lion Alliance and strategic partners to deliver a range of CPD courses, career stage professional development, as well as bespoke training and CPD.

About the accredited body

The University of Warwick has been our longest standing partner. They provide high-quality support to students whether they’re at the university or learning in role in one of our Lion Alliance schools.

Their programme of learning is rooted in innovation and creativity and its supportive central team share the belief that a good education is the key to a successful life. They are extremely passionate about their students and ways in which they can support them, and have clear processes that both partners and students follow so that they can get the most from their training.

Interview process

You will be asked to attend an individual, virtual interview with The Lion Alliance. This will last approximately 1 hour and during that time you will be asked to deliver a short lesson followed by a series of questions.

Your panel will consist of the Head of the Lion Alliance, the ITT Lead from your chosen school and a subject representative from your chosen school.

Following the interview you may be asked to complete a literacy and numeracy test. You may also be asked to visit your chosen school.

For more information about how to prepare please visit our website:

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Lion Alliance welcomes applicants with disabilities. We collaborate with highly experienced professionals in each school who always ensure the training year is flexible and inclusive to all. We would welcome working alongside trainees in making necessary adjustments to ensure the day to day environment is as accessible as possible.

Contact this training provider

Finham Park School
Green Lane

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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