Elston Hall & St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance
Primary (39KP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Birmingham
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Students on School Direct primary routes at schools partnered with the University of Birmingham will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master’s level.

As part of the programme, students will spend around 26 timetabled days within the academic year at university. The remaining time during the academic year will be at three schools within the Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance.

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.

Interview process

Applicants should apply through UCAS and the application will firstly be considered by the university. If a candidate passes this stage, they will then be invited to interview. This is likely to be held at a school within the Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance. The interview process is likely to include a formal interview, a mathematics and English test, and may also include a school based task. The interview panel will then make a recommendation to the University surrounding an offer. All offers will be made via UCAS.

How school placements work

Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance spans across two Multi Academy Trusts; there are nine schools within the two MATs and all placement schools are based across the Wolverhampton area. Placements will be within two or three of the eight schools, one school per term. Candidates will teach pupils across the 3-11 age range and students will be based according to their suitability for the school/year group. Across the year, we will endeavour to ensure students experience schools of varying sizes/profiles and different year groups/Key Stages. It is the candidates responsibility to travel to each school and to the University of Birmingham when required.


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

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Information about student support for postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/support/index.aspx



All entrants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. All entrants must hold a degree of a UK Higher Educational Institution or an equivalent qualification. This should be of at least a 2:1 classification but we will also consider applicants with a 2:2 degree who have a strong overall profile.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates with motivation, enthusiasm and a clear rationale for teaching. It is important that students are committed to teaching as a long-term career, and also hold the relevant academic profile and intellectual capacity. We would like candidates to have a strong subject knowledge, relevant school experience, and be responsible, open-minded and show a professional level of maturity. An awareness of contemporary educational issues would be an advantage. Effective spoken and written Standard English, having equal opportunities awareness and possessing appropriate ethics and values are also of prime importance.

Other requirements

Before taking up a place, all applicants must complete an enhanced Disability and Barring Service check, agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practice and complete relevant checks to ensure they have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Experience in a primary school may be set as a condition following interview.

About the training provider

Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance was formed in 2015. Elston Hall Primary School is an Ofsted Outstanding three form entry school, and leads the Elston Hall Multi Academy Trust, which also contains Palmers Cross Primary, Edward the Elder Primary, Goldthorn Park Primary and Pheasey Park Farm Primary. St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School is also an Ofsted Outstanding establishment, and leads the St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust, which also consists of St Benedict Biscop CE Primary School, Woodfield Primary School and All Saints CE Primary Trysull. All placement schools are within the Wolverhampton/South Staffordshire region. Both lead schools work together to deliver Continuous Professional Development to professionals across the city and beyond. Trainees across the Alliance are extremely well supported by their school-based mentors, and we have an exemplary success rate of Newly Qualified Teachers passing their NQT year. RQTS are also well supported across the Alliance. Working within the Alliance gives students have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of settings across the city, from one form entry schools, to schools with 700+ pupils. Both MATs also have a strong reputation of ‘growing their own leaders’ with many previous NQTs now in middle and senior management positions.

About the accredited body

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering ITE courses. Its teaching has been graded as ‘outstanding’ for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. The University of Birmingham partnership has worked to co-develop the programmes for School Direct and Apprenticeships. The quality of both the programmes and the newly qualified teachers that enter the profession as a result of it are critical to all partners involved.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance supports an inclusive vision. Where needed, we will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and employees. We will ensure disabled people can overcome any substantial disadvantages they may have doing their jobs and progressing in work. We want to make sure that all our students get the most from training with us. By telling tell us about your disability as early as possible, we can identify any support that you might need.

Contact details

01902 558866
Elston Hall Primary School
Stafford Road, Fordhouses
West Midlands
WV10 6NN


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