Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance Primary (253H)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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

                 For 2021-2022 WTSA will be offering places in:
                             School Direct Tuition, Primary-PGCE.

Our School Direct Tuition programme has been designed to ensure that our student teachers are expertly trained to take up posts as outstanding NQTs.

Course Overview:

  • an introduction to the course both at WTSA and the university

  • university taught sessions in all subject areas led by outstanding lecturers and staff members

  • WTSA led sessions on Professionalism and Well Being

  • university led assessments and accreditation

  • two main teaching placements in WTSA family schools (one in Key stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2)

  • additional experience in nursery and secondary settings

  • opportunities to enhance and further develop subject area knowledge (e.g. English, Maths, SEND, PE etc)

  • opportunity to experience teaching abroad

In School Experience:

  • student teachers know their first placement school from September

  • nursery, secondary and enhancement placements in schools and settings

Accreditation and Assessment:

  • successful completion of the course will result in QTS and a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits

  • assessment is through 5 masters level modules throughout the year (which includes your 2 teaching placements)

  • the modules are assessed by the University of Wolverhampton

  • each module is accessible via Canvas (Virtual Learning Environment) and the CANVAS app

School placements

Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance offers a School Direct Primary PGCE (age 5-11 years) . The student teachers will have the following placements in schools:

  • a placement in Key Stage 1 for approximately 10 weeks
  • a placement in Key Stage 2 for approximately 13 weeks
  • a placement in a nursery setting for 1 week
  • a placement in a secondary school for 1 week
  • a placement in a school to further develop specific subject knowledge for 2 weeks

Our School Direct partnership for 2021-2022 consists of local primary and infant schools:

  • all are either judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted
  • all are situated in Sandwell with the majority of them being situated in the Wednesbury area itself
  • all have worked consistently and extensively with our PGCE programme over the past 6 years

This means that our student teachers do not have to travel far to benefit from the extensive training and teaching opportunities that we offer and that they are in schools that are vastly experienced in supporting the delivery of our PGCE programme.

“I am so grateful for the sheer volume of people that I have been introduced to, and feel that I can call on for support as a result” PGCE

Interview process

Harvills Hawthorn Primary School is the lead school in WTSA and as such will be coordinating the recruitment process.

If shortlisted, applicants are not allowed to visit the school due to local restrictions in Sandwell due to Covid-19. However you will be invited into school at the earliest opportunity.

The interview process is likely to be done virtually. The interview panel will consist of headteachers and senior leaders from the alliance as well as a representative from the University of Wolverhampton.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Our HEI partner (The University of Wolverhampton), have a financial support system and details of this can be found at the address below.




For the School Direct Tuition Primary PGCE, you need the meet the following entry requirements:

  • a graduate degree ( 2:2 or higher) awarded by a higher education provider in England or Wales, or a recognised equivalent qualification.

  • GCSE grade 4/C or higher in English, mathematics and science( or a standard equivalent)

  • pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training course

You’ll need to book your tests with learndirect after you have paid and sent your application.

Personal qualities

We are looking for student teachers who are:

  • committed to transforming the lives of the pupils that they teach
  • genuinely passionate about working with young children and have the drive and ambition to be an outstanding, innovative practitioner
  • striving to inspire the children that they teach
  • aware of current educational issues

Time and time again, we find that the student teachers who stand out are those that have worked in, or undertaken voluntary experience in, a school.

        “Help develop the future in your local area.Train with WTSA”
                                                            PGCE 2017

Other requirements

‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’

If you are offered a place on the PGCE programme, the University of Wolverhampton will apply for a DBS check (Disclosure, Barring Service) on your behalf. This is a vital requirement for this programme.

For more information , please see:(

About the training provider

                           “A course that feels like you are part of a family” 
                                                      PGCE student

Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance prides itself on its caring and nurturing approach to training our student teachers. You will become part of ‘our family’ of schools who all care passionately about the education and opportunities for the children in our area. We are an alliance of good and outstanding schools in Sandwell and offer student teachers bespoke, personalised training and development throughout the year long PGCE programme.

“The WTSA programme is fantastic, well-organised and well-tailored
to the individual needs of everyone” PGCE student

We pride ourselves on the fact that we have an extremely high pass and employment rate. Many of our graduates have chosen to work in the Sandwell area and benefit further from our Teaching School CPDL programme which ranges from PGCE programmes through to nationally recognised leadership qualifications.

“I’ve enjoyed being part of an amazing group of people who all help and support one another. I have had unconditional support from mentors, staff and the course lead. Thank You!” PGCE student

Make a difference with your career and train to be a teacher with WTSA. 

About the accredited body

The School Direct Tuition (PGCE) route is for graduates who are looking to secure training at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to Wednesbury TSA, one of our partnership schools, who will organise your placements and provides University and school-based training. Successful completion of this route will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level. that can be used towards our Masters degree in education. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and are entitled to bursaries and student loans.  

Training with disabilities and other needs

Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance is a caring institution that aims to ensure that all provision, teaching, documentation, conditions and circumstances are presented in a way that is unbiased and which promotes harmony. We endeavour to ensure that, where possible, no-one is barred from accessing our PGCE programme for reasons of ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or race. All of our provision promotes and supports both the Teaching School’s and the University of Wolverhampton’s, Equality and Diversity Policies. To support this, all sites have wheelchair access and there are a variety of support and advice systems that the university can provide to support student teachers with their learning. Depending on your individual needs, you may be eligible for this additional support. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can talk to you about additional support that may be available. Further details can be found at ( . We work closely with these support systems to ensure that our provision enables each of our student teachers to succeed and thrive.

Contact details

Harvills Hawthorn Primary School
Wolseley Road
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 0NG


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Harvills Hawthorn Primary, Wolseley Road, Hill Top, West Bromwich, B70 0NG
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