River Wye Federation Primary (3D6D)

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

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.

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


Course summary

On our School Direct teacher training programme, you’ll be given in-depth experience in the classroom. By the end of the course trainees are assessed to achieve QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) awarded by the University of Worcester. You will complete a main placement in a key stage of your choice and a second placement in a contrasting school and key stage (minimum 120 days). Your main placement will be on either our site at Whitchurch or Weston-under-Penyard with your second placement at one of the other schools in the Wye Valley Learning Network. You will also have the opportunity to complete enhanced placements e.g. SEND, Early Years.

In addition, away from the classroom, you’ll receive practical training sessions from SLEs, experienced teachers and the team at the River Wye Federation. The University of Worcester will also lead sessions to support your academic development. Training takes place mainly at Whitchurch CE Primary (HR9 6DA) and occasionally at other locations suited to the professional study sessions.

For further information please go to The University of Worcester

School placements

The School Direct training is school-led training, it will last for 1 year and involve 3 placements. You will select your preferred school when you complete your application online:

Placement 1 - September until December (either key stage 1 or 2)

Placement 2 - January until March (opposite key stage to the one completed in the autumn term)

Placement 3 - April until July (return to the same key stage as the autumn)

You will have opportunity to observe and work with other year groups throughout your practice. You will receive high quality support and training opportunities at the River Wye Federation.

Students will need to attend the University of Worcester for approximately 27 days a year. You will experience a dynamic taught programme, ensuring depth and breadth across the primary subjects. This will include assignments and tasks. You will be assigned a University tutor that will work closely with your mentor at your school placements.

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 will not 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 ambitious individuals who can demonstrate potential and show strong commitment. Our School Direct programme is for people who are willing to work hard and are passionate about training to teach. Interested?

For more information please contact our School Direct Lead, Vicky Tansley (vtansley@whitchurch.hereford.sch.uk)

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 £13,700

About the training provider

The River Wye Federation is based at Whitchurch CE Primary school, an outstanding school with a proven track record of training students who go on to secure teaching positions. Whitchurch is federated with Weston under Penyard CE Primary and is a member of the Wye Valley Learning Network. We have an innovative approach to our rich curriculum which is unique to our federation. We work alongside schools to provide support and continuing professional development. We use the latest research to proactively develop our practice and our ethos of continuous professional development works hand in hand with the children’s love of learning. We passionately believe in every child’s ability to fulfil their potential and are clear about our role in providing the very best teaching in order for this to happen. That high quality first teaching is at the core of our practice. We have specialist teachers in curriculum development, English and ECT support amongst our staff and expertise across all age ranges, more able children and those with SEND. As a Schools Direct school we are able to offer placements in a range of Primary Schools including:

  • Brampton Abbotts CE Primary School
  • Bridstow CE Primary School
  • Goodrich CE Primary School
  • Gorsley Goffs Primary School
  • Kimbolton St James CE Primary
  • Lea CE Primary school
  • Ledbury Primary School
  • Ludlow Junior School
  • Orleton CE Primary School
  • St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary School

We welcome all students who share our ethos and key values.

About the accredited body

We have worked alongside the University of Worcester for the past eight years providing high quality placements, in a supportive environment, for both PGCE and BA (Hons) students. For the past three years we have also run a School Direct programme alongside the University of Worcester.

Interview process

Whitchurch CE Primary is the lead school and we will be involved in the recruitment process.

The interview for the River Wye Federation will include:

  • A short task with a small group of pupils.
  • An individual interview

Successful applicants will require DBS clearance and suitable references.

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

The River Wye Federation provides opportunities for candidates with disabilities and other needs. Candidates will work alongside our lead teachers in order for them to achieve their potential. The well-being of all adults and children is at the heart of our federation’s development.

Contact this training provider

Whitchurch CE Primary School

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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