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Windsor Academy Trust Physics (3DKH)

PGDE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Birmingham
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Windsor Academy Trust offers the School Direct initial teacher training programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham. We work with the University in recruiting and selecting trainees and provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Primary level and PGDipEd with QTS at Secondary level. Applicants apply directly to a Windsor Academy Trust and undertake their placements within our family of schools.

Applications can be made via UCAS for the following School Direct training places:

Primary, Secondary English, Secondary Maths, Secondary Biology, Secondary Chemistry, Secondary Physics, Secondary Modern Foreign Languages, Secondary Geography, Secondary History.

School placements

Students on our School Direct routes have placements within our family of schools which include the following secondary schools:

Windsor High School (Halesowen) Kingswinford Academy (Dudley) Cheslyn Hay Academy (Walsall) Great Wyrley Academy (Walsall)

and the following primary schools:

Colley Lane Primary Academy (Halesowen) Goldsmith Primary Academy (Walsall) Rivers Primary Academy (Walsall) Manor Way Primary Academy (Halesowen) Tenterfields Primary Academy (Halesowen)

The secondary route includes two main school placements and the primary route includes three main school placements.

Students on School Direct primary routes will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master’s level. Students on the secondary programmes undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master’s level.

Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All candidates have to: have a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. Please view specific subjects for precise details. complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach. agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Windsor Academy Trust (WAT) is a West Midlands based family of schools. We bring together four secondary schools and five primary academies.

Our academies are

Windsor High School and Sixth Form The Kingswinford School Great Wyrley Academy Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School Goldsmith Primary Academy Rivers Primary Academy Manor Way Primary Academy Tenterfields Primary Academy Colley Lane Primary Academy

Our aim is to unlock the personal and academic potential in every child.

Windsor Academy Trust was therefore formed to improve the quality of educational provision through the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst its schools. Our focus on teaching and learning is underpinned by our values of collaboration and co-operation.

At WAT we combine a shared experience of primary and secondary schools and promote student and staff collaboration. This raises aspirations across a family of schools united in their ethos and operation to achieve the very best for all their students.

We work collectively to ensure that all our children achieve their very best in a climate of high expectations where teachers feel motivated and empowered.

We aim to give those who train with us a solid foundation in their craft of teaching and ensure that our trainees are confident and flourishing with a support network of peers and mentors.

Interview process

Your interview will be held at either Windsor Business Centre or at one of the schools within Windsor Academy Trust. You will be interviewed by a panel which will include a Lead Practitioner who works across the Trust in your area as well as a Faculty Director. The process will include an informal interview and introduction to Windsor Academy Trust, a mini lesson, a student panel interview, a written test and a formal interview.

Contact this training provider

0121 602 7594
Trinity Point
High Street
West Midlands
B63 3HY

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