Teach Central, formerly RSA Academies’ Chemistry (2WZ9)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Teach Central, part of Central Region Schools Trust, is led by Good and Outstanding schools across the West Midlands and the wider central region. We work in partnership with all phases of education including - first, primary, middle, high and secondary schools, driving action research projects and pioneering innovation in pedagogical practice. We strive to optimise the talents and commitment of our staff, through expertise and sharing, to develop creative ways of providing education by working with exceptional trustees and school leaders.

The training programmes start with your school experience and will comprise of two contrasting teaching experiences over the course of the year, ensuring access to a range of teaching strategies. All trainees will also attend subject and professional studies sessions which are spread throughout the year, these are delivered within our family of schools or at BCU campus. To complement this, we offer a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy, to ensure you are fully conversant with curriculum requirements. The programme combines both academic based assignments and the practical teaching experience. The assignments range from professional studies to subject specific and trainees are able to submit at master’s level. You will complete three assignments throughout the year. One of the assignments is a research project and we have a specialist to deliver the Design Thinking Module to support, this is unique to Teach Central. We offer multi-tiered levels of support to ensure that our trainees make exceptional progress throughout their training and beyond, also ensuring access to a wide network of support.
School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which enables you to experience the life of a ‘real’ teacher you will be based in schools from the start of your training. We are working in partnership with Birmingham City University (BCU), and on successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to obtain additional Masters’ credits. Teachers, as experts, support our trainees to develop into the next generation of great practitioners and leaders. Our programme prepares trainee teachers to address the needs of all learners and their communities, to overcome disadvantage and barriers to learning and to continually reflect upon the impact of their professional practice. 100% of secondary trainees successfully passed with QTS. Check out the link to find out more - https://youtu.be/4eB0wRVQvE4

School placements

Teach Central is led by Good and Outstanding schools across the West Midlands and the wider central region. Our schools are located in different areas across the Midlands; we can offer training in Birmingham, Dudley, Redditch (South Birmingham), Kidderminster, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Our training facilities in each of our schools are leading edge and comprehensive to ensure all training needs are met. We also offer specialist training through the large variety of specialisms across, not only our lead schools, but also our strategic partners. During your training year, you will undertake two high quality school placements across our family of schools.

You will have the opportunity of teaching all age ranges, including Post 16 and have access to teach a second subject to broaden your teaching knowledge and skills - this could be solo teaching or team teaching. Your experience will also include opportunities to spend dedicated time with our SEND teams, to support your classroom practice. You will spend a majority of your training in your host school, Sep - July. You will also undertake a second placement between Jan - Feb for a duration of 6 weeks. During this time you will also undertake a day in a Primary School setting. Our programme ensures you experience all key stages and have the opportunity to develop subject knowledge in a second subject.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bilston Road, Dudley, DY4 0BZ
Main Site
Milestone Lane, Birmingham , B21 0HN
Wood Piece Lane, Redditch , B98 9LR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who have the right personal qualities and potential to be a passionate and committed teacher to improve the outcomes for the young people we work with. While extensive experience of working with young people is not essential, it is often found that the strongest applicants are those who have shown an interest in working with young people.

We are looking for :

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Commitment to working hard
  • Ability to establish good working relationships
  • Confidence and ability to engage with children
  • Commitment to a professional team
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Flexibility

Other requirements

All entrants have provided suitable references, and have been subject to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For applicants that have studied outside the United Kingdom must check their qualifications with NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) before making an application to confirm that their qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and undergraduate degrees - 2:2 or equivalent.

For more information visit:www.naric.org.uk

Must be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written Standard English.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Teach Central, formerly RSA Academies’ and Birmingham City University are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching. We provide opportunities for you to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning, who will motivate and engage all learners, thus producing highly skilled graduate teachers who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, You will enjoy a bespoke programme of training, designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge, as well as providing you with the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.
We strongly believe in school-led training because we can support you to become the very best practitioners, thus transforming outcomes for young people and bringing about positive social justice through exceptional schools. We provide one-to-one support and a comprehensive CPD programme, which ensures you are fully supported during your training year and your professional development. Working within our schools, brings endless opportunities and unique benefits. There is strong encouragement and support for teachers as researchers, who are encouraged to try out new things and share their findings.

Teach Central, part of Central Region Schools Trust, is led by good and outstanding schools. Our schools are located in different areas across the Midlands; we can offer training in Birmingham, Dudley, Redditch (South Birmingham), Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Our training facilities in each of our schools are leading edge and comprehensive to ensure all training needs are met.

100% trainees passed at Grade 1 and 2 Why train with us- https://youtu.be/4eB0wRVQvE4

Interview process

Teach Central and BCU will check all applications. Those applicants meeting the entry criteria will be shortlisted and invited for interview which will involve:

A range of tests and activities to test suitability for teaching

  • A formal interview which will consist of a three person panel asking a series of questions, covering a variety of topics
  • A short interaction with students. This will include a teaching element of up to 30 minutes
  • A 30 minute written task. Applicants will be given material to study relating to the task before the interview

Once all applicants have been interviewed, the Director of ITT and representatives from Teach Central will meet to discuss the outcome of the interviews, and begin to match up potentially successful applicants the allocations available. Once a list of selected applicants have been finalised, a provisional offer will be made in writing. This offer is provisional until several checks and agreements have been made.

  These include:
  • References (if not already done)
  • DBS
  • Physical & mental fitness to teach
  • Verification of qualifications (if not already done)

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We provide one-to-one support and access to a comprehensive and tailored CPD package, which will ensure you are fully supported during your training year and for your professional development.

Teach Central support equal opportunities in recruitment of our trainees.

Contact this training provider

0121 523 1960
Milestone Lane
West Midlands
B21 0HN

Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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