Woodrush Teaching School Alliance
Business studies (Z623)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Worcester
Financial support

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
1 June 2020
Date course starts
July 2020


About the course

A brilliant Business teacher can help pupils understand the importance of education and its practical applications when they become adults. These are valuable skills that can play an important role in their development whether that’s as they progress towards apprenticeships, further education, or entering a profession. Business is interlinked with subjects right across the curriculum from using maths in practical economic terms, to understanding how the sciences, art, technology and languages are valuable assets for building a successful career. As an Apprentice Business teacher, you will develop the skills to help young people thrive and set them up for success in later life. It is a very exciting time to be joining the profession as a Business teacher. You may also have the opportunity to teach some Economics. There are 2 assignments across the year which are assessed in a variety of ways. Assignments at Level 7: Creating, implementing and evaluating a resource used in the classroom, and, researching an aspect of teaching and learning and presenting the findings. You will also be required to build an electronic portfolio of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards throughout the course. The course concludes with a viva voce when you are able to discuss how you have met certain Teachers’ Standards as well as celebrating your achievements.

Interview process

Application forms are considered by both the university and the individual schools involved with Woodrush Teaching School Alliance. All successful applicants will have an interview at both Woodrush Teaching School Alliance and The University of Worcester. The University and Woodrush jointly design and manage the interview process. We are currently following COVID 19 working guidelines so all interviews are being carried out remotely via video link. Applicants that demonstrate professionalism, commitment, a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession, an awareness of the school in which they are intending to train, creativity, organisational skills and a clear recognition of the need to synthesise practical and academic learning through refection are most likely to succeed.

How school placements work

As this is an apprenticeship your main placement will be at Leasowes High School, with your second placement being confirmed by Leasowes by the end of October.


This is a salaried position. Fee will be paid by the employer via the apprenticeship levy

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have a UK undergraduate 2:2 degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject or you need experience in this subject area. You also need a GCSE grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics for those applying to teach secondary.

Personal qualities

Successful School Direct students will be those that have a clear understanding of schools in England and of what good teaching involves. Recognise that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is fundamentally essential Have a solid knowledge of their subject(s) and are always committed to further developing this knowledge base Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their need and background Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions

Other requirements

If you studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

About the training provider

Woodrush Teaching School Alliance is an excellent place to start your teaching career. We aim to develop outstanding practitioners who are creative, highly effective and exceed the professional standards. Educational theory, innovative research and outstanding pedagogy are the foundations of our highly successful training programme.

Early career teachers regard highly the support that they receive from Woodrush. This was recognised by Ofsted in 2018 who said that early career teachers ‘feel fully supported as they develop their skills in teaching and managing pupils’ behaviour. They value the quality of the training and the way in which leaders encourage them to be reflective practitioners. Through this support, newly qualified teachers are able to speak with passion and knowledge about a range of educational topics. All newly qualified teachers spoken to said that they are proud to work at the school’. ​ Woodrush High School, the lead in our alliance, is an 11-18 school on the border of Birmingham and Worcestershire. We place an emphasis on ensuring all of our students achieve the qualifications, and equally important the life skills, to be successful in the world we live in. We have hardworking and well qualified staff who are dedicated to delivering an ever-changing curriculum in a vibrant and exciting way. The curriculum we offer is broad, balanced and inspires students to learn. Staff at Woodrush work as a close and effective team, sharing good practice and providing support for each other. High quality coaching and mentoring is a strength across our alliance.

About the accredited body

Studying at Worcester provides an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching. The innovative design and delivery of the course places the trainee at the heart of a thriving school community.

Substantial number of subject sessions delivered by specialist tutors. Opportunity to broaden your CV by undertaking enhancement activities to give additional experience in SEND, Citizenship, teaching pupils with EAL and Technology Enhanced Learning. You will benefit from their excellent partnerships with schools throughout the West Midlands.

University of Worcester

Graduates enjoy excellent employability prospects as the majority of their partner schools offer early career teaching posts to trainees.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, race, gender reassignment (maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the same. Our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must nevertheless take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage which people may face,

Contact details

Shawhurst Lane
West Midlands
B47 5JW


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