Marlbrook Teaching School
Primary (2TKK)

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

School Direct is an exciting opportunity to attend a school led training course which enables you to spend most of your time training in school over a period of a year. This route into teaching is for graduates who prefer the more ‘hands on’ approach. Straight away you will be placed with an outstanding teacher, learning from the very best. You will need to attend the University Of Worcester for approximately 27 days over the year and you will have experience teaching in 2 of our partnership schools.
Qualification PGCE award: Students achieving 60 credits at Masters level and meeting the requirements for QTS will be awarded Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS.


  • Support throughout the year from outstanding practitioners
  • You will experience mentoring and coaching to enhance your own teaching skills
  • High retention rates (teachers and NQTs)
  • University of Worcester work closely with us to ensure your training is seamless for the year
  • Working in a variety of schools
  • A guarantee of a job interview at the end of the year if a post is vacant at that time

Routes offered: School Direct (unsalaried) –General Primary The School Direct Programme allows schools to recruit and train their own teachers. The course lasts for 1 year and is full time. The 27 contact days will be at The University Of Worcester and the fees will be approximately £9250 a year. For more information please see the links below -University of Worcester School Direct Primary Course -Department for Education School Direct

Interview process

How we select our trainees Marlbrook Primary is the lead school and we will be involved in the recruitment process. If successful, the interview will include:

  • A short talk from a Senior member from the school you have applied to.
  • Information about the course from a member of staff from the University of Worcester.
  • A short task with a small group of pupils.
  • A chance to talk to our pupils.
  • An individual interview-please bring with you original identification documentation. You will only require one interview and we will let candidates know on the same day if the outcome. Successful applicants will require DBS clearance and suitable references.

How school placements work

The School Direct training is school-led training, it will last for 1 year and involve 3 placements. You will select your prefered school when you complete your UCAS application online: Placement 1-prefered Key stage (1 or 2) September until Decemeber. Placement 2-the key stage you have not been in January until March. Placement 3-trainees will go back to placement 1 in the same class.

You will have opportunity to observe and work with other year groups throughout your practice. You will receive high quality support from your mentor and outstanding training opportunites throughout your training.

Students will need to attend the University of Worcester for approximately 27 days a year. You will experience a dynamic taught programme, ensuring depth and breadth across the primary subjects. This will include asignments and tasks. You will be assigned a University tutor that will work closely with your mentor at your school placements.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,300

Fees may be subject to change for 2020/2021

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.



Entry Requirements

  • GCSE’s in English, Maths and Science grade C or above. Degree

  • An honours graduate having achieved 2:2 honours degree or above.

About the training provider

Why Train With Us? Lead School Marlbrook is an outstanding Teaching school at the heart of its community, with a clear vision for the future. We currently have 596 pupils on role and we are now on our journey to becoming a three form entry school. We are collaborated with two local smaller schools, Little Dewchurch C of E Primary School, an outstanding school and Ewyas Harold Primary which is a good school with outstanding features and more recently St Martin’s Primary School. The outstanding practice has been recognised nationally and the Headteacher (Tracey Kneale CBE) is a designated National Leader of Education and OFSTED inspector and mentor. The school delivers the Outstanding Teacher Programme and The Improving Teacher Programme to teachers locally to improve practice. The outstanding teachers across our schools are used as models of outstanding practice throughout all training packages delivered. We work closely with the Local Authority to deliver and organise conferences, NQT training, school to school support and moderation across the county for KS1 and KS2. As a lead school we can offer placements at a range of Primary schools in Herefordshire within our partnership.

About the accredited body

We have worked collaboratively with the University of Worcester for many years with great success. We ensure we communicate regularly to ensure the training provided meets the needs of all our trainee teachers. As a student you will be expected to attend all the training modules opportunities at the University, this will compliment all the school based training we can provide throughout the year.

We are proud to say that many of our teachers across the collaboration trained at the University of Worcester.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At Marlbrook Teaching School we are committed to meeting the needs of candidates with a range of disabilities and other needs. We have successfully trained (and employed) School Direct students in the past with additional needs. We would be happy for candidates to contact us if they would like to discuss this at any point during the application process.

Disability Access Please contact Marlbrook Teaching school to discuss your individual needs.

Contact details

01432 266643
Marlbrook Primary School
Green Croft


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