Shires Teaching Alliance Geography (2ZQJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
Financial support
Bursaries and 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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The School Direct Programme followed at the Shires Teaching School Alliance is aimed at those who want training to be based in a school where they can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one. You will be part of a team from the very start, receiving support from experienced teachers and mentors.

You will also spend extended time in at least one other contrasting school. These placements will be complemented with experience days in other school settings, across at least two key stages, in order to gain the broad experience and knowledge required to become a qualified teacher.

Our Professional Studies programme includes sessions taught by outstanding practitioners from across the alliance. From ‘managing well-being’ to ‘making marking matter’, you will experience training sessions that equip you to be a highly effective practitioner.

We work directly with the University of Worcester to deliver this course, which leads to a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and qualified teacher status (QTS).

You will benefit from a comprehensive induction as well as personalised school mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme. As well as the time in school, there are taught days at the University with subject specialist tutors, which will link theory and classroom practice and support research into written assignments. You will be assessed on the basis of coursework including 2 written assignments and your teaching practice. To gain qualified teacher status (QTS) you must demonstrate that you can meet the Teachers’ Standards. The standards set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers, from the point of qualification. Trainees are required to monitor and direct their own progress, with the support of mentors and tutors. The teaching experience assessment is based on a portfolio which allows you to monitor your own developing competence and from this reflection, set targets to improve teaching and learning in your classroom.

School placements

As this is a school led programme, the majority of training takes place in schools. There are three extended placements teaching in at least two different schools and two key stages. You will be in your main placement school in terms one and three, with a complimentary school setting making up term two. Our programme includes a Post-16 element.

There are also many opportunities to gain additional experience in partner schools and settings. This can range from support on school trips to involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Please note that whilst we offer a range of locations in which to train and your preferences will be noted, you are not guaranteed a place at your preferred school. We endeavour to ensure that your needs are considered very carefully when deciding where your teacher training should take place, within our alliance of partner schools.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alcester Academy
Gerard Rd, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6QQ
Alcester Grammar School
Birmingham Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5ED
Henley in Arden School
Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6AF
King Edward VI School for Boys, Stratford
7A Church St,, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB
Shipston High School
Darlingscote Rd, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4DY
Stratford Girls’ Grammar School
Shottery Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9HA
Stratford upon Avon School
Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9DH
Studley High School
Crooks Lane, Studley, B80 7QX

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

Our alliance schools and the University of Worcester look for an interest in, and commitment to, education and young people. You will need to be enthusiastic about working with children, and possess an ability to relate to them.

Oral and written communication skills are very important to a teacher’s role and your skills can grow and develop through teaching and your school experience.

Teaching is physically and mentally demanding. You will need to demonstrate that you have the health and perseverance required to successfully complete the programme and continue a successful teaching career.

Other requirements

UCAS require two references, of which one will be an academic reference. For applicants who finished their studies more than five years ago, we realise that this may not be the most appropriate. In such cases, employers or teachers from the school(s) you visited whilst gaining your school experience can be used to provide a reference; they would be able to comment on your suitability for the teaching profession. For more information, please refer to the UCAS website

Fees and financial support

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

For further information, please refer to the University of Worcester fee section

Financial support from the training provider

For further information, please refer to the University of Worcester fee section

About the training provider

Shires Teaching Alliance is a collaboration of schools across South Warwickshire in partnership with the University of Worcester. We offer the opportunity to train to teach through a one year postgraduate programme in a culture of excellence, with nurture, support, mentoring and respect at its heart.

We aim to ensure that you are challenged to be the best teacher you can be. We offer enrichment opportunities across our alliance schools from leadership pathways to half-day experiences in age groups and subjects outside of your specialism.

This programme and the people you will encounter, will guide you through your first steps into the rest of your teaching career. The Shires Alliance comprises multiple schools and academies who have the experience, capacity and passion to deliver outstanding teacher training to the next generation of teachers.

There is no escaping that your training will bring challenges as well as successes. We believe that to be highly effective teacher, you need to receive the tools, support and motivation right from the start. We focus on full immersion into school life, putting theory into practice.

Train with us and you can expect the highest levels of experience from educators who are passionate about their profession. Our aim is simple: we want to nurture acorns into oaks and your needs are at the heart of our training programme.

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Interview process

We interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer to train with us. If you are invited to interview you will be expected to be familiar with key issues and developments in secondary schools - especially those in your subject area. Your interview will take place within our alliance schools and will consist of small group or class teaching, subject-specific task and a presentation. An interview will also take place at the University of Worcester to audit your subject knowledge. As part of the subject specific criteria, you will be asked to complete a written task, as well as being assessed for numeracy and literacy.

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 want to support you and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to help you overcome physical and mental health barriers whilst you are training and in your school placements.

If you have study support needs related to a physical or health condition: dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties; mental health difficulties; autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, we are here to help you.

If you have complex support requirements, particularly mobility, care or transition support, we would welcome you contacting us to discuss how we can support your teacher training year.

Contact this training provider

Crooks Lane
B80 7QX

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).

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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