Teach Central, formerly RSA Academies’ Primary (32TQ)

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

Accredited body
Haybridge Alliance SCITT
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
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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, this will ensure you have access to a range of teaching strategies. We will be working closely with Haybridge SCITT to provide a bespoke training programme, which is the highest calibre in supporting teacher development throughout the primary phase. Training will include a theory based approach interwoven with the practical application of the pedagogy. (If you have an interest in SEND, we can offer opportunities to focus on this as a specialism for your training. This will include tailored SEND sessions and provision for a SEND placement; please state this in your application.) Our Primary programme is focussed on the study of teaching students between the ages of 5 and 11 years in all National Curriculum subjects, with particular emphasis on English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. We offer multi-tiered levels of support to guarantee that our trainees make exceptional progress throughout their training and beyond, also ensuring trainees have 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 as you will be based in school from the very start of your training. We are working in partnership with Haybridge SCITT, 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 Primary 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 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 in both KS1 and KS2 and/or special school. You will spend a majority of your training in your host school between Sep - July. You will also undertake a second placement between Feb - April. At the end of this placement you will also undertake 3 days in either a KS3 or SEND setting. Our programme ensures you experience all key stages and have the opportunity to develop subject knowledge in a second subject your curriculum knowledge.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Winsford Avenue , Coventry , CV5 9HZ
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, 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.

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 2023 to 2024 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 Haybridge SCITT 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 10 minute presentation . 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 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

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 270 3117
Assay Studios, 141 Newhall Street
West Midlands
B3 1SF

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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