Telford Partnership Primary (36GY)

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

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Trainee teachers undertaking the PGCE / SDT route will be expected to complete 2 successful placements in 2 different partnership schools and in 2 different Key Stages. They will also be required to complete a Record of Professional Development to evidence meeting standards. Placement one starts in Oct and finishes in Dec with preparation days the week before the placement commences. During placement 1 the trainee teachers should teach 50% of a full timetable - this could be whole class, groups and 1:1. They should also be team teaching and planning, leading group work and assessing pupil progress. They will also need to observe practice in the Foundation stage, Key Stage one and Two which should include observing and teaching phonics.

During January and February the students will have enhancement opportunities they will have the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in an alternative setting eg , special school, undertake immersion days across a variety of settings eg : school with a lot of EAL pupils. They will also undertake one week in a Nursery or Secondary school .

Placement Two commences in March again with preparation days and finishes at the end of June. Trainee teachers will build up to teaching 70 % of a full timetable as well as all the other experiences as in Placement one.

The Telford Partnership works very closely with Wolverhampton University and all schools work closely together to ensure trainee teachers are well supported and they get the most out of their training. All schools in the Partnership have a lead teacher and mentors again who work closely together across the partnership. We meet regularly to look at what we can offer trainees and also give trainees some say in which schools they may like to train with, this is for Primary PGCE, Secondary placements are subject specific.

School placements

See section about the course for some information.

The Telford Partnership has 5 Primary schools and 3 Secondary schools. We take 5 Primary students each year as a minimum so we place one student in each primary school for each placement. Secondary schools take students in subject areas (see UCAS offer).

Schools are all in Telford and no further than 10 minutes from the Town Centre road, train and bus routes are good.

Students once through the selection process have the opportunity to visit all schools in the partnership and talk to staff and then can ask for a specific Primary school if they feel this is a fit for them. We try hard to work with students to accommodate preferences if they have any. Again Secondary placements are subject specific.

We also offer regular catch up meetings for students to get together at one school with Lead teachers, University tutors and mentors before the placements begin and during placements. We feel this is very important part of our Partnership offer.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 applicants with a real passion for teaching. We are looking to recruit people who we believe can make a real difference to children’s learning. We are looking for candidates that will fit naturally into our Partnership schools.

Other requirements

DBS Enhanced Health declaration

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,000

About the training provider

The Telford Partnership offers an outstanding academic and ‘hands on’ school based experience in a variety of settings working in teams that are friendly and supportive. We are a partnership of 7 Primary schools in Telford and we work very closely together. The schools who offer placments are : Grange Park , Hollinswood, Randlay, Windmill , St Georges, Ladygrove all in Telford and all primary and St Peters and Pauls Edmond Primary. As part of School Direct we give an innovative opportunity to access high quality school based initial teacher training with an outstanding ITT partner— University of Wolverhampton We warmly welcome you to our bespoke School Direct PGCE programme for 2023/24. We are looking forward to working together to develop you into a passionate teacher. The Telford Partnership offers trainee teachers the opportunity to work and learn in range of Primary schools

“We are looking to recruit people who we believe can make a real difference to children’s learning. We are looking for candidates that will fit naturally into our schools—that share the same ethos and values”

Interview process

All trainee teachers, as part of our selection procedures, will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess their suitability to teach. This includes an interview, audit of subject knowledge, Fitness to teach and enhanced DBS checks.

As part of the Primary selection process within the Telford Partnership we ask our candidates to choose a Year group to read/ share a story with and then we go on a short learning walk across the school, this is followed by a short session looking at qualifications and fitness to teach with our link University tutor and this is followed by a joint interview with Partnership staff and the University tutor.

All Primary selection sessions take place in a primary school setting.

Secondary selection involves a similar process and is run by each Secondary school and link subject tutors from Wolverhampton University.

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

As a Partnership we are committed to inclusion for all and have experienced staff who ensure all needs can be supported. All schools in the Partnership have policies and procedures in place to support trainees with all disabilities or needs and all environments are accessible for all. We do regular and specific risk assessments when needed and seek advice if needed as well.

We have worked previously with a student on work experience who had cerebral Palsy she used the lift in school, we provided her with space in the classrooms where she was comfortable to work and ensured where support was needed it was available. Her placement was very successful.

Contact this training provider

Grange Park Primary School
Grange Avenue

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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