Windsor Academy Trust Physical education (D190)

Postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Birmingham
Financial support
Student finance 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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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 Find-postgraduate-teacher-training 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. Secondary Religious Studies Secondary Physical Education

School placements

Students on our School Direct routes have placements within our family of schools which could 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 school direct route includes two 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.

Please note, schools in the Windsor Academy Trust family are located in two clusters, to ensure that you have excellent support during your training year, it is likely that you will be placed in both clusters. Please check that you are able to travel to both locations [Dudley and Walsall].

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

The characteristics of an excellent teacher that we will be looking for in your application and interview include:

  • a passion for teaching;
  • excellent subject knowledge for teaching;
  • a passion for your subject [secondary];
  • a good understanding of what the day-to-day role of teaching comprises;
  • a desire to serve the community in which you teach;
  • a belief in the pivotal role teaching can have in ensuring all young people aspire to achieve their potential whatever their starting points.

Other requirements

The university will verify your DBS record and confirm your fitness to teach

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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 Academy 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 aims to improve the quality of educational provision through the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst its schools. Our teaching and learning development is firmly rooted in the latest evidence based research. Teachers at WAT are both consumers and producers of pedagogical research.

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

We work collectively to ensure that all our children achieve their full potential in a climate of high challenge for all, where teachers feel supported, motivated and empowered.

We give trainees an excellent first step in becoming a highly effective practitioner. Our training year provides a strong foundation to be developed and built upon in ECT years and beyond.

About the accredited body

We enjoy an excellent and well established partnership with University of Birmingham for Initial Teacher Education, Early Career Framework delivery, and other post and undergraduate projects.
The University of Birmingham’s School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education and has a history of top rated research.

Interview process

Your interview will be held at either Windsor Academy Trust Central, Halesowen 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 subject area as well as a Faculty Director. The process could include an informal interview and introduction to Windsor Academy Trust, a mini lesson, a student panel interview, a written test and a formal interview. You should allow a full day for the interview.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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)

Contact this training provider

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

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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