ConnectEd Partnership
Primary (3BP4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Trainee teachers undertaking the School Direct route will be expected to complete two successful placements in different schools at different key stages. They will be required to complete a Record of Professional Development (RoPD) to evidence meeting standards.

Placement One preparation days will be during the 1st week in October; this will be an opportunity for the trainee teacher to get to know the children, school policies including Safeguarding and to complete school-based tasks.

Trainee teachers will have the opportunity to further consolidate their experience in a range of settings by undertaking a two-week placement in an alternative setting.

During Placement Two, the trainee teachers should build up to teaching 70% of a full timetable. This 70% may consist of teaching the whole class, groups and 1:1 within the class in the first week, however trainee teachers will need to move towards taking the full role of the class teacher as soon as the Mentor feels they are ready.

Trainee teachers will have the opportunity to further consolidate their experience in a range of settings by undertaking a two-week placement in an alternative setting.

Trainee teachers will undertake immersion days across a variety of settings that may include; an outstanding school, a special school, a school with a high number of families in receipt of pupil premium and a school with a high population of children for whom English is an additional language.

There are 3 modules of study in addition to the 2 school based placements:

  • Primary Professional Studies This module introduces trainee teachers to a range of educational issues that are generic to primary teaching, for example, documentation and practices relating to the Every Child Matters agenda, the current primary curriculum and the legal responsibilities of teachers.

    • Core Curriculum and Enhancement This module covers areas such as the aims, principles and design of the English, maths,science, design & technology & ICT curriculum.
    • The Wider Curriculum This module aims to introduce students to wider areas of learning: art, music, drama, geography, history, modern foreign languages, PE, computing, RE and PSHE.

Interview process

The interview/ assessment process will be jointly led by the University of Wolverhampton and colleagues from the ConnectEd School Direct Secondary Partnership and will comprise a subject knowledge activity to assess subject proficiency with a group of young people, followed by a formal interview.

How school placements work

You will have 2 school placements in contrasting key stages. You will be placed in schools who are highly experienced in school direct training.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,200

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Entry requirements In addition to trainees having the drive, passion, enthusiasm and commitment to education and young people, the following criteria applies to the School Direct routes: Degree or equivalent - All applicants must hold a first degree with a minimum of 2.2 classification or equivalent. GCSEs - GCSE English, Maths and Science - grade C or above or their equivalent on enrolment Other Entry Requirements - All candidates are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests.

Personal qualities

The interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a range of qualities which will include:

  • A commitment, and understanding of primary education and the role of the teacher
  • A positive attitude towards children and to working with children
  • Ability to self-evaluate, to problem solve and to show resilience
  • Ability to build relationships quickly, to value others and to get the best out of them
  • Good general knowledge and clear, accurate spoken and written English

Other requirements

How we select our Trainees The selection process includes a collaborative approach between University of Wolverhampton and ConnectEd Partnership TSA. Candidates will be assessed on: Personal and Professional Qualities Ability to work at Masters Level Evidence that prospective trainee has been observed in a primary teaching situation and demonstrated to the satisfaction of an experienced teacher/headteacher that they have potential to be successful A broad range of subject knowledge, especially in English, mathematics and science The ability to engage in professional discussion and debate on current issues Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral forms

About the training provider

ConnectEd Partnership is a unique partnership of over 100 schools, mainly based in Wolverhampton that have come together to share skills, experience and capacity to improve learning outcomes and achievements of our children and young people in their schools.(Please see ConnectEd Partnership’s website for a list of partnership schools).

ConnectEd is a school direct provider who works in close strategic partnership with the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham City University to offer primary and secondary school led programmes.

Successful primary students will carry out their placements in partnership schools that have the capacity,expertise and proven track record in training students to become effective teachers.

ConnectEd’s secondary school direct programme is currently a partnership between Highfields Secondary School, Aldersley High School and the University of Wolverhampton.

Due to the extensive nature of our partnership, ConnectEd can offer a wide range and breadth of experience to ITT students. For example our Special schools will offer support and training to trainees wishing to specialise in working with children and young people with Special Education and Disabilities.

Gaining school experience can make a valuable contribution to your application process. Connected offer structured pre - placement experience work experience days to prospective applicants that will take place in one or more of our partnership schools. Completing a 5 day ‘Passport to Teaching Programme’ can guarantee you an interview on the School Direct Programme.

Visit ConnectEd Partnership’s website for further details and information.

Training with disabilities and other needs

ConnectEd’s School Direct Route is fully accessible to all and will make reasonable adjustments where required.

Contact details

01902 290152
ConnectEd Partnership
Berrybrook Education and Business Suite
Greenacres Avenue
VV10 8NZ


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Partnership Primary Schools in Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 4AL
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