Wood Green ITT Alliance Mathematics (284W)

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

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

CHOOSE THE ACTUAL SCHOOL YOU WANT TO TRAIN AT with our School Direct PGCE Initial Teacher Training course. It is run by the Wood Green Academy ITT Alliance in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton and one or more of our 8 partner schools. Wood Green ITT Alliance’s School Direct trainees are tuition fee paying trainees (fees payable to the UoW) who will receive an enhanced training experience and the same qualifications as core University of Wolverhampton PGCE trainees. The benefit of our School Direct route is that it allows aspiring trainee teachers to apply directly for their preferred main training school; the schools available for this particular course are listed below under training locations. This year long, full-time course will train you to teach secondary school pupils. (120 days in school; 50 days approximately at university) The course is split into three placement phases: two at your chosen training school and you will also have the opportunity to train at a different school for 6 weeks.
You will be trained as a subject specialist; our programme will focus on the five ITT Core Content Framework competency areas of Behaviour Management, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional behaviours and will guide you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the Teachers’ professional standards therefore QTS. This programme has been developed to include a mixture of university and school-based sessions, delivered by both academic tutors and practising teaching staff. This is a demanding, full-time course during which you will be required to produced academic essays and projects for the University of Wolverhampton alongside your teaching practice. However, our Alliance is committed to providing you with all the support you need from both your school-based and university mentors. Your progress and well-being will be at the heart of everything we do. Supportive target setting and action planning at regular intervals will keep you on track to achieving QTS and the PGCE with great success. You will also take part in an extensive whole school CPD programme and be encouraged to reflect upon your own professional learning needs. Being so linked to a training school from the very start meant that many of our 2021-22 cohort of trainees had secured employment for September 2022 by the Easter break. So, if you are enthusiastic and have a personal commitment to teaching, you will not find a better place to begin your teaching career.

School placements

At the end of September or beginning of October, after three weeks of university-based initial training, you will start your school-based training at your chosen main training school.

  • Phase 1: 10 weeks - chosen main training school (Oct-Dec)
  • Phase 2: 6 weeks - second school (Jan-March)
  • Phase 3: 8 weeks - chosen main training school (March- May/June)
  • 1 week’s placement in a Primary school (Jan) Throughout the three phases of your school-based training, you will have the opportunity to observe many lessons and many teachers, not just in your subject area. Your co-teaching or lead teaching timetable will increase from 30% to 60% of a qualified teacher’s timetable in at least two range ages throughout the year according to your strengths. You will be supported and observed all year long by a school-based subject mentor, a professional mentor and university tutor. All will provide you with the quality feedback you need to achieve the best outcome. You will also have many University based days (more in Phase 1 than Phases 2 or 3) We will seek to allocate Phase 2 placements within our Alliance but a degree of flexibility is possible in this regard. Our aim is to give you experience in contrasting secondary schools in order to equip you to teach in any context in your future career.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Burton Borough School
Audley Avenue, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7DS
Main Site
Wood Green Academy, Wood Green Road, Wednesbury, WS10 9QU
Ormiston South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy
Dudley Steet, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 0LN
Pool Hayes Academy
Castle Drive, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV12 4QZ
St Francis of Assisi Catholic College
St Peter’s Collegiate Church of England School
Compton Park, Compton Road West, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV3 9DU
The King’s CE School
Regis Road , Wolverhampton , WEST-MIDLANDS, WV6 8XG
Wednesfield High Academy
Wodensborough Ormiston Academy
Hydes Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 0DR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in mathematics 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

Applicants should be passionate about their subject and have a strong desire to share their knowledge with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. They should be committed, resilient and enthusiastic. Having a meaningful experience of working with young people will favour an applicant but such experience is not a compulsory requirement. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can communicate effectively with both adults and young people. The ability to reflect on any recent educational experiences and articulate their own perceived professional learning needs will also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Other requirements

Applicants must be aware that an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme. The University of Wolverhampton will assist you with regards to applying for your DBS.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,750

About the training provider

Wood Green Academy is the Lead School of the Wood Green ITT Alliance. We have an extensive proven track record in training students to become outstanding teachers. Our main ITT pathway is the School Direct with QTS & PGCE route with in excess of 80 places advertised in 15 different curriculum areas across the Wood Green ITT Alliance for 2022-23. It has always been our philosophy as a Lead School to give teacher training applicants the opportunity to specifically apply for the training school/campus of their choice; you are therefore able, from the start, to select your preferred training school. It is our belief that the opportunity to mutually assess both enhances the training experience and produces the best outcomes. Wood Green Academy has a long-standing reputation for achieving some of the best GCSE and Post 16 results in the local area, and in February 2020, under the new Ofsted framework, achieved an overall effectiveness rating of good. Furthermore, it is only one of few secondary schools nationally that achieved the grade of outstanding for behaviour and attitudes, something we are extremely proud of. Our subject mentors are extremely committed to your development and their vast experience will guide you to success. Wood Green ITT Alliance school direct trainees will benefit from a precious extra layer of support compared to core PGCE trainees. Our Alliance of schools enables more convenient arrangements for second school placements and greater opportunities for employment after the completion of your training.

About the accredited body

Our partnership with the University of Wolverhampton is very well established and we are their flag ship Lead school for the School Direct Secondary Route. As such, we play a very important part in many aspects of their ITE programme. Our close geographical proximity facilitates a well-balanced training experience. Our teaching staff also work with the university to provide teacher subject specialism training. In addition, our partnership provides opportunities for early career development. Web link: https://www.publish-teacher-training-courses.service.gov.uk/organisations/1O7/2022/about#train-with-us

Interview process

Once applications have been received by the Director of the Wood Green ITT Alliance and the University of Wolverhampton through the DfE Apply platform, candidates will be shortlisted. Successful candidates will be invited for interview at the University of Wolverhampton and for a School Assessment day at applicants’ first choice of training school. Please note that passing professional skills tests are no longer required to get onto the course but an audit of applicants’ literacy and numeracy skills will be completed by the university tutor on the interview day. After the interview and the school assessment have taken place, if both the training school and the university agree that the candidate is suitable for a place on the School Direct PGCE teacher training course, an official offer will be made to the candidate on DfE Apply. Please note that it may take a little time for the offer to come through the electronics systems. The applicant has then the opportunity to accept or decline the offer.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Wood Green ITT Alliance is committed to supporting applicants with disabilities and special needs. In partnership with the Universities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham, we endeavour to break down any barrier that may stand in an individual’s way of training as a teacher. Furthermore, our trainees’ mental health is at the heart of our mentoring and professional learning and development programmes.

Contact this training provider

Wood Green Road
WS10 9QU

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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