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River Wye Federation Primary (3D6D)

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.

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


About the course

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 UCAS 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 opportunites at the River Wye Teaching Alliance.

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 asignments and tasks. You will be assigned a University tutor that will work closely with your mentor at your school placements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

We are looking to recruit graduates to begin training in primary schools across our federation.

Applicants must have:

  • 2:2 or above degree, 2:1 or above preferable
  • Maths and English GCSE grade C or above
  • A personal statement submitted with application

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 (

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 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, an outstanding school, situated on the borders of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. Whitchurch is federated with Weston under Penyard CE Primary and is a member of the Wye Valley Learning Network. We are committed to ‘being the best we can be.’ As a result of this we work alongside schools to provide support, continuing professional development and workshops for children. 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, NCETM maths, English, NQT support amongst our staff and expertise across all age ranges, more able children and those with special needs. 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
  • Weston under Penyard CE Primary School
  • Whitchurch CE Primary School

About the accredited body

We have worked alongside the University of Worcester over the past six years to provide placements for PGCE and BEd students. We have shown this to be a really successful partnership with students going on to work in some of our partnership schools. We have also worked alongside them on Schools Direct during this current academic year.

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.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The River Wye Federation provides opportunities for candidates with disabilities and other needs. Candidates will work alongside our co-ordinators 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

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