Marlbrook Collaboration of Schools Primary (A951)

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

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
1 February 2023
Date course starts
January 2024


Course summary

School Direct is an exciting opportunity to attend a school led training course which enables you to spend time training in school over a period of 19 months. 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 spend 3 days a week training (usually 2 days a week in school and a day at The University of Worcester). Throughout your training you will have the opportunity to teach in 2 of our partnership schools.
Qualification PGCE award: Students achieving 60 credits at Masters level and meeting the requirements for Qualified Teacher Status 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.

  • 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.

The School Direct Programme allows schools to recruit and train their own teachers. The course lasts for 19 months and is part time.
Fees-£9250 a year.

For more information please see the links below -University of Worcester School Direct Primary Course -Department for Education School Direct

School placements

The School Direct training is school-led training, it will last for 19 months and involve 2 placements. You will select your preferred school when you complete your UCAS application online:

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 opportunities throughout the year.

Students will need to attend the University of Worcester . You will experience a dynamic taught programme, ensuring depth and breadth across the Primary subjects. You will be assigned a University tutor that will work closely with your mentor at your school placements.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Ashfield Park
Redhill Road, Ross-on-Wye , HR9 5AX
Blackmarston Special School
Honddu Close, Hereford, HR2 7NX
Bosbury C E Primary School
Bosbury, Ledbury, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR8 1PX
Bridstow C of E Primary
Ross on Wye, HR9 6PZ
Colwall CE Primary School
Mill Lane, Colwall, Malvern, Herefordshire, WR13 6EQ
Eardisley Cof E Primary School
Eardisley, Herefordshire, Herefordshire, HR3 6NS
Eastnor Parochial Primary
Eastnor, Ledbury, HR8 1RA
Ewyas Harold Primary School
Ewyas Harold, Hereford, HR2 0EY
Goodrich CE Primary School
Goodrich, Ross-On -Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6HY
Hampton Dene Primary School
Church Rd, Tupsley, Hereford, HR1 1RT
Kimbolton St James’ CE Primary School
Churchill, Leominster, HR6 0HQ
Kingsland C of E Primary
Kingsland, Leominster, HR6 9QN
Kingstone and Thruxstone Primary School
Kingstone, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 9HJ
Ledbury Primary
Longacres, Ledbury, HR8 2BE
Leintwardine Primary School
Watling Street, Leintwardine, Shropshire, Shropshire, SY7 0LL
Leominster Primary School
Hereford Rd, Leominster, HR6 8JU
Little Dewchurch CE Primary School
Church ln, Hereford, HR2 6PN
Luston Primary School
Westland View, Luston, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0EA
Green Croft, Redhill, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 7NT
Marlbrook Primary School
Green Croft, Redhill, Hereford, HR2 7NT
Orleton C of E Primary School
Orleton Nr, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 4HQ
Our Lady’s RC Primary
Boycott Road, Hereford, HR2 7RN
Pembridge CE Primary School
Bearwood Lane, Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9EA
Riverside Primary School
Belmont Ave, Hereford, HR2 7JF
Shobdon Primary School
Shobdon, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9LX
St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary
Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DT
St James’ CE Primary
Vicarage Road, Hereford, HR1 2QN
St Martin’s Primary School
Hereford, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 6AF
St Michael’s Bodenham
Bodenham, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 3JU
St Paul’s Primary School
Hampton Dene Rd, Hereford, HR1 1UX
St Peter’s Primary School
Cherry Tree Close, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR7 4UY
Staunton -on-Wye Primary School
Staunton-on-Wye, Staunton-on-Wye, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 7LT
Wellington Primary School
Wellington, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR7 4UY
Wigmore Primary School
Ford Street, Wigmore, Nr Leominster, HR6 9UW

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) (for 2023 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency Test if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants until they achieve the required standard. Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email:

Other requirements

An Enhanced DBS check. You will be sent details of how to apply for your DBS in the summer term. You will need to pay for this. You may already be part of the DBS update service. Find out about the update service here. As part of the DBS process you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List. A check against the Prohibition List.

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 £14,100

About the training provider

Why Train With Us? Lead School Marlbrook Primary school is at the heart of its community, with a clear vision for the future. We currently have over 650 pupils on role and we are now a three form entry school. We are collaborated with two local schools, Little Dewchurch C of E Primary School and 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, curriculum and SEND networks 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.

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 and tour 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 and tasks.
  • A short activity with a small group of pupils.
  • A chance to talk to student Voice (Student Council).
  • An individual interview based at the University (this may be online).

You will only require one interview and we will let candidates know on the same day if successful.

Successful applicants will require DBS clearance and suitable references.

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

At Marlbrook Primary 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 this training provider

01432 266643
Marlbrook Primary School
Green Croft

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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