President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance
Geography (3BDV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
August 2021


About the course

The School Direct (training) PGCE, although an academic qualification, is rooted in gaining practical experience. School Direct Geography teacher training with PKTSA will equip you with the skills to support and inspire students around geography, making it enjoyable whilst equipping them with the skills they will need for the future.

We will support, challenge and nurture you to become a confident and reflective practitioner in the classroom, able to teach contemporary methods and practices across a range of ages and abilities on a daily basis. All this alongside gaining a theoretical understanding of teaching and learning.

The huge benefit in choosing School Direct (training) is that you get to have a say in which school , within the alliance, you are placed in. We work with you from the start to find the school which suits you and which matches your location. There will also be a complementary placement at one of our alliance schools.

This is an intensive and demanding course, which offers superb preparation for anyone who is committed to educating young people. On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and 90 credits towards a Master’s in Education.

There is also a strong possibility that trainees will be offered a position at their school at the end of the training year, or within the President Kennedy School Teaching Alliance.

Interview process

The interview process is a chance for you to meet us, as well as us you. We hold interviews in a variety of alliance schools, giving you a chance to see the pupils, meet the PKTSA team and also specific school staff who will potentially be supporting you through your training and beyond. The interview may be on line.

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews can include:

  • Exploration of curriculum knowledge
  • Discussions about relevant experiences
  • A presentation or small teaching exercise
  • Written or verbal discussion on literacy/numeracy knowledge

Prior to the interview you will be given a topic for a teaching task on which to base a micro lesson. This topic will be delivered to a small group of students. This is an opportunity for you to show your wider skills, attitude, aptitude and resilience that can be developed over the training year, rather than assessing specific teaching ability at this stage. We know you are not a trained teacher and will not be judging you as such, just looking for your potential.

Near the end of the interview we will discuss next steps with you; what choices of school you may have, how you can potentially accept our offer and how you can, if you wish, keep in touch with your chosen school, so when you start the following September you are confident knowing the staff and pupils.

How school placements work

President Kennedy consists of an alliance of over 20 primary and secondary schools, across a wide geographic area; Coventry, Hinckley, Leamington Spa and Warwick. The Alliance will endeavour to allocate school placements located most conveniently to the residence of the trainee.

80% of the trainee’s timetable will be in the placement school, with some time at university. Generally there will be a complementary placement during the Spring Term, lasting approximately 6 weeks. You will be given the opportunity to visit this school prior to the placement to meet key colleagues.

You will slowly take over a varied timetable, different year groups and abilities. A range of class teachers will be on hand to support you with your subject mentor being your consistent and constant guide.

We offer twilight bespoke training sessions to allow you to reach your potential.


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

When you start your non-salaried teacher training, you won’t have to pay the cost of tuition fees up front. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full cost of your course, which is paid directly to your training provider from Student Finance England. Tuition Fee Loans aren’t means tested, so regardless of your household income you should be able to claim the full amount for your course fees. With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship: You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid:

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance: GOV.UK

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK:

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.



An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.

GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment.

The provider will also seek assurance that you have the fundamental English and mathematics skills to become a teacher either at interview or during the training course.

If your degree does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may be required to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities we are looking for include:

  • Energetic
  • Good communicator
  • Able to inspire and enthuse
  • Good organiser
  • Imaginative and creative
  • Confident and resilient.

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required by this course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

If you are a graduate and wish to train as a teacher but your degree did not provide enough subject specific content for you to gain automatic entry, you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

About the training provider

The President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance (PKTSA) is committed to recruiting and training outstanding, enthusiastic individuals, passionate about becoming exceptional teachers. With our partner schools we cover a wide area of the West Midlands: Coventry, Hinckley, Leamington Spa and Warwick. This geographical diversity provides opportunity for trainees to experience teaching in a wide variety of settings.

There are a range of schools in diverse contexts, including OFSTED ‘Outstanding Providers’, a ‘World Class School’ and another that has been awarded ‘Transforming’ status by the SSAT within the Framework for Exceptional Education.

PKTSA seeks to ‘Build Brighter Futures Together’. Our values are based on the core principles of ‘Students First; No Barriers; It’s About Learning’. Our ITT Director, Aidan Jenkins, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship within the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick in recognition of his outstanding partnership work over a number of years.

During your training you will have specialist help from our Professional and Subject Mentors and develop your practical skills in the classroom, whilst gaining a theoretical understanding of teaching and learning. There will also be a complementary placement in one of our other alliance schools.

On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and 90 or 60 Masters credits, depending on which university you choose as your accredited body.

Please visit our website: PRESIDENTKENNEDYTSA.CO.UK

About the accredited body

A member of the Russell group of universities, The University of Warwick has an outstanding status as a provider of teacher training.

President Kennedy and has a flourishing and enduring relationship with the university, which has been training teachers for over 50 years. 98% of The University Of Warwick students get a job after study and can be assured that their future employers appreciate the calibre of a Warwick trainee.

It is worth noting, that upon completing the course students gain 90 credits at Master level for our MA in Professional Education, fast tracking to stage 2 of the MA.

Training with disabilities and other needs

President Kennedy School moved into a brand new school building in 2017. The school encompasses many features that will improve the accessibility of disabled staff and students to access the curriculum, together with the physical environment to take better advantage of the education, benefits, facilities and services the school offers.

We are a fully inclusive mainstream school and we strive to ensure that all staff and students achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum. Skills, resources and techniques we employ in order to achieve this are continually being developed and will be used to modify our provision to meet the changing requirements for individual colleagues.

Contact details

President Kennedy TSA
Rookery Lane
West Midlands


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