The Lion Alliance English (K542)

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

Accredited body
NITE: National Institute of Teaching & Education, part of Coventry University Group
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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Please visit the Coventry University website for details of the course.

This course will develop you to teach your chosen subject to learners in a secondary school. You will spend five days a week in school . 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 online 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 (1 term). This is to give you a contrasting experience of schools and an opportunity to work with different learners and different practitioners from a variety of schools. Coventry University also requires that trainees experience Key Stage 5.

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 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
Coundon Court School
Northbrook Road, Coventry, CV6 2AJ
Finham Park
Finham Park School, Green Lane, Coventry, West Midlands, CV3 6EA
Finham Park 2
Torrington Avenue, Coventry, CV4 9WT
Meadow Park School
Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry, West Midlands, CV3 4BD
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.

Your degree subject should be in English 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.

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

Coventry University 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 2023 to 2024 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

Coventry University has a local and world renowned reputation as an institution of excellence. They have now begun to offer varied teacher training courses, which are an area of growth across the United Kingdom, and have already developed a strong programme of study in Initial Teacher Training.

Their programme is hugely flexible, with seminar content being delivered virtually. This means there is less time spent at the university and more time for trainees to listen, reflect and learn. They also offer several start dates throughout the academic year, again offering more flexibility.

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 will 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:

If successful with the Lion Alliance, Coventry University will also ask to interview you in the following few days/weeks.

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

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

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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