Black Pear Trust Alliance
Primary (3B4Z)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Candidates training with the Black Pear Alliance will gain a minimum of 120 days experience in at least two different school settings (located in Worcester, Droitwich, Pershore and Evesham). In addition, you will experience teaching across two or more consecutive age ranges selected from the following:
3 - 7 pathway: Ages 3-5 (Foundation stage). Ages 5-7 (School years 1-2)

5 – 11 pathway: Ages 5-7 (School years 1-2). Ages 7-11 (School years 3-6)

The University of Worcester will provide you with a School Experience Tutor and you will have a school based mentor. The Black Pear Alliance prides itself on providing a broad package of support for trainees and on-going support is also provided by the Black Pear Alliance Lead Mentor (Specialist Leader of Education ).

Frequent Black Pear Alliance teaching group sessions (in addition to training at the University of Worcester) provide trainees with expert tuition and support from all schools in the alliance and include topics such as: classroom management, phonics, SEND, EAL, D&T, and RE.

Open mornings are being held at the following locations: Hollymount School, Worcester on Thursday 24th October from 9.30-10.30 am. Please telephone 01905 23159 by midday on Tuesday 22nd October to book a place.

Westlands First School, Droitwich on Tuesday 15th October and Tuesday 26th November from 9.30-10.30am. Please telephone 01905 772740 by midday on Monday 14th October/Monday 25th November to book a place.

Carnforth School, Worcester on Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th November from 10.15-11.15am. Please telephone 01905 758425 by midday on Thursday 24th October to book a place.

Holy Redeemer Primary School, Pershore on Monday 25th November from 9.30-10.30am and 1.30-2.30pm. Please telephone 01386 552518 by midday on Friday 22nd November to book a place.

Interview process

The school based element of the interview process will be an opportunity for you to showcase your suitability and capacity to become an outstanding teacher. You will be expected to plan and deliver a teaching activity (approximately 30 minutes) and will then be invited to reflect upon the lesson and have a discussion about the course.

At the University of Worcester you will be required to complete a written task in addition to your formal interview.

How school placements work

There are currently five schools within the Black Pear Alliance, located in Worcester, Droitwich, Pershore and Evesham. You may be placed in any of these schools and although they are accessible by public transport it is recommended that you are able to drive to your placement schools.
You will be placed in one school for first and final school experiences and a different school for your second school experience. When on placement, it is expected that you will be in school for at least the same hours as your teacher mentor. The course is demanding and we recommend that you do not undertake a part-time job alongside the course however, if you require part time work it should be at the weekend.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,700

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.



Successful applicants will need to:

be qualified to degree level have a pass in each of their GSCEs in English, maths and science (Grade C/Grade 4 and above) have undertaken a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

Personal qualities

  • a genuine passion for teaching
  • a knowledge of the national curriculum
  • the ability to critically reflect on lessons
  • excellent classroom management
  • strong and effective communication skills
  • resilience and motivation
  • a commitment to improve outcomes for all children

About the training provider

There are five schools within the Black Pear Alliance, located in Worcester, Droitwich, Pershore, Evesham and Kidderminster.

The training you receive here will cover a wide spectrum of teaching strategies enabling you as a teacher to address many different needs. We provide students with a comprehensive package which is tailored to their individual need. We do this through layered CPD: whole group sessions, smaller focus groups and individually tailored coaching/mentoring.

Within our alliance we have a spectrum of schools including faith schools, first , nursery and primary schools which are situated in different types of areas. Two schools are in SOA which ensures that all students meet a wide variety of pupils.

We are a lead AfA school and Sonia Blandford noted our strong practice in working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition we have experienced mentors to support you on your journey to become a teachers and several Specialist Leaders in Education working within the alliance.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At Hollymount School, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background, in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Support is given to students, when needed, with both academic and pastoral needs. We signpost students to specialist services if required and work closely with our partner universities to support students.

Contact details

Black Pear Trust Alliance
Hollymount School
Hollymount Road


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