St. Michael’s Federation Primary (2TZS)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

This course offers an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching.

At Worcester the PGCE: School Direct Primary is tailored to your needs - building on your existing strengths and expertise.

Our course is inclusive and innovative in its design and delivery, and places you at the heart of a thriving school community from day one.

Key Features:

  • Full immersion in the daily life of a school and all the existing challenges that brings
  • Breadth and depth of experience across a range of schools
  • Outstanding additional opportunities for enrichment and extension
  • A dynamic taught programme, ensuring depth and breadth across all Early Years and Primary subjects
  • Unparalleled personal and academic support throughout the programme and beyond

What will you study? The Developing Teacher (30 Credits at Master’s Level) - This module focuses on developing your teacher identity, through critically reflective models, experiences and analysis of relevant theories and research. The Learning Child (30 credits at Master’s Level) - This module focuses on child development and primarily how to support children to learn. You learn about subject specific pedagogies, adapting teaching to meet different needs of learners and the role of assessment. This modules covers all national curriculum subjects. Life In School: School Experience (Qualified teacher Status - QTS ) - This part of the course relates to your school placements. You will complete two different placements within our cluster schools. During this time, you will build on your university learning and apply this in role as a teacher. During your time in school, you will collate evidence to support the completion of the teacher standards. This is required to gain the QTS.

How will you be taught? You will gain much of your experience learning on the job in school being supported by a mentor and a class teacher. This will be complemented by a series of university days, including some blocked weeks, at university where you will receive some taught lectures.

School placements

The school placements are located in South West Shropshire and are a mixture of small rural primary schools. Such placements will provide you with a unique opportunity to teach mixed aged classes and develop excellent teaching skills in a supportive and friendly environment.

You will be allocated a base school which is where you will spend most of your placement (Autumn and Summer Term). In the Spring Term, you will be placed at one of our partner schools, within the cluster area, to teach in an alternative age range (e.g. if you were originally placed in a key stage one class, for this placement you will teach key stage two and vice versa).

Within the schools, you will be supported by the class teacher and a mentor. Due to the nurturing nature of our small rural schools, the staff team will help you to achieve your teaching goals. All the staff, who will work with you have many years experience of teaching in primary schools and supporting students on their teaching placements.

We partner with 5 other schools in our cluster, so there is some flexibility within schools placements, if required.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We require you to:

  • Like spending time with children
  • Be passionate about teaching children how to learn
  • Be a learner yourself
  • Be reflective
  • Be resilient
  • Be creative
  • Be fun
  • Be patient
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Be flexible
  • Be an exceptional team player

Other requirements

We will require you to have a criminal records check prior to starting the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,100

About the training provider

St Michael’s Federation is a federation of Lydbury North CofE Primary School and Onny CofE Primary School. We are two small schools joined together by our vision of ‘Growing to be the best that we can be for God, Ourselves and Each Other’. As a federation, we believe we should be always aiming to achieve our best. This goal is a continuous journey and we are always seeking ways to learn, grow and become better members of our community. We cannot achieve this goal on our own so we encourage one another and support one another to be our best selves. We take this approach to our teacher training programme and our staff professional development. The initial teacher training will take place at Lydbury North Primary School - a rural school in a picturesque part of Shropshire. We work alongside a cluster of local primary schools to deliver our teacher training programme. All of the schools are rated good or better by Ofsted and every school has a long successful history of working with Worcester University on the schools direct programme, We have supported many students to successfully achieve their teaching qualification and find employment as a teacher.

Interview process

The interview process may include:

  • A formal interview where we discuss your experiences to date, your aspirations and suitability to teach
  • An observation where you will lead an activity with a group of children
  • A written task

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 are an equal opportunities employer and will endeavour to support candidates with additional needs.

Lydbury North is a wheelchair accessible with provision for disabled toilets. The school is one floor with no stairs within the building. Within our cluster of schools, we have the ability to place students in appropriate wheel chair friendly environments for their second placement.

We have a mental health first aider within our federation team and have previous experience of supporting pupils with mental ill-health. Many of our staff have taken additional qualifications within this area.

We are experienced at supporting pupils, students and staff members with dyslexia. We have adapted approaches and provided technology where needed to support this learning difficulty and to enable students a way of managing their needs independently.

Contact this training provider

01588 680277
Brampton Road
Lydbury North

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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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