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Rivers Teaching Alliance Primary (J785)

PGCE with QTS part 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
3 to 7
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
January 2023


Course summary

Our school direct route is a practical, hands on route into teaching and we are praised for the support we give to our trainees. By the end of the course trainees are assessed to achieve QTS (qualified teacher status) and PGCE (post graduate certificate in education). By choosing the school direct route, you are immersed in school life from the start with the support of teachers and university staff.

Subject specialists deliver high quality and bespoke training sessions to support trainees in the classroom and in meeting the teacher standards. Trainees undertake 2 contrasting school placements in different schools and two different key stages (minimum 120 days) along with the entitlement to experiences in Early Years, Year 6, a special school or behavioral unit and KS3.

Training takes place mainly at The Rivers Teaching Alliance and The University of Worcester (located within 5 minutes of each other) and occasionally at other locations suited to the professional study sessions. Rivers Teaching Alliance was previously a finalist in the Worcestershire Teaching Awards for providing high quality post 18 provision.
QTS and PGCE are awarded through University of Worcester (our provider) To qualify to apply, applicants need a degree 2.2 or above and GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

Quotations from previous candidates: “Training at Rivers has been brilliant and the staff have been incredibly supportive. I feel more prepared than ever to walk into a classroom with all the essential tools I need.” “We have had an incredible amount of opportunities to develop ourselves as outstanding and confident teachers. The schools where I have been placed have been so welcoming. I cannot thank the team enough for making my journey to becoming a teacher memorable, refreshing and wonderful.”

School placements

We aim to place trainees no more than 30 minutes travelling distance from home and schools and mentors are carefully selected to match the trainee requirements. We work with over 70 schools across Worcestershire and wider and trainees have the opportunity to visit a wide and diverse range of settings. Trainees spend 120 minimum days in school and there are around 30 professional study days during the year. You will teach and qualify for the 3 - 7 age range but will experience KS2 also.

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

  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Passion for making a difference to the lives of children

Other requirements

Some school experience preferable but not essential.

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

We have been recognised as being a provider who really cares and supports it’s trainees. We ensure that we constantly evaluate our provision in order to meet the needs of each individual cohort. Our employment success rates and final trainee outcomes are excellent. Being a MAT and a teaching school we have a fantastic range of professionals who are working in schools and available to give advice and support. You will also have the chance to visit a diverse range of settings across Worcestershire. Visit our website or our Rivers Teaching Alliance Facebook / Twitter page for more information @Riverstsa

Interview process

Prior to the formal interview we would expect you to come to the Rivers Teaching Alliance (Based at St Clement’s Teaching School, WR5 2NS) and meet us for an informal conversation.

A formal interview day which will consist of:

  • A group activity and written task which will be used to set personalised targets for the course.
  • Leading a classroom/group activity with a group of pupils.
  • An interview with a panel made up of representatives from the school and the University of Worcester.

During the interview, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your experiences to date, including opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children and any transferable skills you can offer.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Our facilities are disable friendly and we are fully supportive of other needs that candidates may have.

Contact this training provider

01905 950700
Henwick Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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