Hereteach Alliance Psychology (2XMH)

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
14 to 19 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Structure of the Course The structure of the course is one which combines both pedagogical knowledge with classroom experience to develop trainees throughout the year. The course has subject specific sessions at the university spread throughout the year, combined with school experience based in 2 school placements. The course combines both academic based assignments and practical teaching experience. The teaching placements are in 2 schools spread over the academic year. The assignments range from professional studies to subject specific and students are able to submit at Masters Level. Assessment The assessment of the course is through written academic assignments, and the completion of two successful Teaching Placements. The course operates under the Postgraduate Regulatory Framework which sets out the full regulations for passing modules, grading of modules, retrieving failed modules, progression from one academic level to the next, requirements for awards, and how the award is classified. All student teachers are initially registered for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This is a course of 120 credits at level 6. In December student teachers may apply to be registered on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE (M)) where up to 60 M-level credits can be gained from subsequent work. Thus the PGCE (M) will result in 60 credits at level 6 and 60 at level 7 Assignment A: Developing Learning and Teaching (3000 words equivalent) You will produce a high quality and creative resource that shows a systematic understanding of some of the key aspects of teaching and learning in your subject. Assignment B: Evidence Informed Teaching (3000 words equivalent) The assignment is in 2 parts: Part 1 is a critical literature review of current research relating directly to the key theme you have selected; Part 2 is a presentation that seeks to use an evidence informed approach to evaluate the potential impact that the literature review will have on learning and teaching in your classroom. Recommendation for QTS. A completed professional portfolio will provide the evidence for this module. The portfolio is in three sections:

  • PebblePad – the repository for key compliance documentation
  • Weekly Reviews – reflections on the impact teaching is having on learning, and Transition plans – periodic target setting and review of progress
  • Viva voce – a summative assessment of the Teachers’ Standards It is necessary to pass all assessments.

School placements

School Placements Hereteach is an alliance of partner schools across Herefordshire. Occasionally, you will be expected to travel between your placement school, the University of Worcester and Hereford Sixth Form College. We do our very best to arrange placements that suit your geographical locality. You will have two Placements throughout the year. Your Lead Placement will be your first placement covering the autumn and summer term with a Second Placement in the middle covering the spring term. We have a large number of partner schools; the majority are Secondary Schools teaching 11-16 but we also have Sixth Form and Special Schools.

Professional Studies The Professional Studies programme is delivered at Hereford Sixth Form College on Friday afternoons and is integrated into the University’s Professional Studies programme. In the schools, Subject Mentors are responsible for providing a programme which will involve individual and collaborative teaching and weekly mentor support.

Your timetable for the course will start with University based work and then progress to school based work.

Throughout both placements trainees will have both subject and professional studies sessions in the university.

Your timetable within the school settings will be incremental.

Placement 1: Starting with collaborative work and observation and with 25% teaching to 50% by the end of the placement combining both collaborative and solo teaching.

Placement 2: Incremental teaching from collaborative to solo teaching with maximum of 50% solo teaching through to the end of placement 2.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to work alongside teachers and colleagues who can offer examples of good and outstanding practice, advice and support during training. There will also be the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to become a very effective teacher.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in this subject or a similar subject. Otherwise, you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Your degree subject should be in psychology 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.

University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact or visit for further information.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees who are:

  • skilled and inspirational subject specialists
  • confident and reflective practitioners
  • effective communicators who can work in partnership
  • informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning
  • resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct

School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children. At this point that we will discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.

Other requirements

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach: The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.

DBS: All entrants to ITT programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.

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 £15,800

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

About the training provider

Hereteach Initial Teacher Training Alliance is a partnership of secondary schools and post 16 institutions in Herefordshire. Hereford Sixth Form College and delivery partner St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School (both of whom have been rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED), work alongside our accrediting Higher Education Institute, Worcester University.

You will have two placements, usually in two local schools: we do our best to take into account travel and match you up with the right school for you. Our core partnership schools are Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, Earl Mortimer College, Fairfield High School, Hereford Sixth Form College, John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre, Kingstone High School, Lady Hawkins’ School, Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, St Mary’s RC High School, The Hereford Academy, The Hereford Cathedral School, The Steiner Academy, Weobley High School, Westfield School (Special School), Whitecross Hereford High School and Specialist Sports College, and Wigmore High School.

Our School Direct Programme leads to a PGCE with QTS. Once recruited, trainees will work both collaboratively and independently and there is a strong focus on individual support. Trainees engage with their school from the beginning of September, developing relevant professional skills from the wealth of experience that exists within the schools and the University. Trainees can access experience in post 16 and special school establishments as part of their training.

Expectations are very high and the learning environment is fun, yet challenging. High quality one-to-one guidance and support will be available for trainees to become exceptional teachers.

About the accredited body

The University of Worcester is one of the country’s major providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Founded in 1946 as a teacher training college, the University of Worcester has been training inspirational teachers for over 70 years. The School of Education has built on this legacy to develop a reputation for the highest quality provision, partnership working and delivery.

Interview process

Applicants will be required to attend two interviews: one with Hereteach Alliance and one with the University of Worcester. The Hereteach Alliance interview will be conducted at one of our partner schools and will involve a 30 minute teaching episode, full details of which will be given in advance. COVID 19: during the current circumstances interviews are being held jointly online.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

Hereteach is committed to advancing equality and celebrating diversity, so we can talk about your specific needs at any time before and during the course. Careful consideration is given to specific disabilities and other protected characteristics, in line with the Equality Act. Hereteach Alliance follows Hereford Sixth Form College’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Accessibility Plan.

Safeguarding Hereteach recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of its students and ensures that relevant and effective safeguarding practices exist and are actively promoted. University of Worcester safeguarding policy can be found on Hereteach website. All applicants will undergo an enhanced DBS assessment, or will be expected to demonstrate an enhanced DBS from the DBS Update Service. Each placement school will have robust safeguarding policies and you will be expected to follow these. Where concerns are raised about a child’s safety or well-being, the safeguarding team at your placement school will support the children concerned and work with the local Children’s Services Department and other external agencies, where appropriate.

Contact this training provider

Hereford Sixth Form College
Folly Lane

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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