Dorridge Alliance
Primary (39ML)

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

We are offering a year long, School-Led (non-salaried School Direct Training) Primary PGCE with QTS that trains you to teach the whole Primary curriculum. In addition, you will be asked to choose a specialism: Special Educational Needs, English, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in a key area in Primary Education. You do not need any previous background in your chosen specialism.

Qualifications You should be a graduate, with a 2:2 degree or above. You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science . If you have an overseas qualification, we will check this qualification with NARIC. In addition, it is expected that you have, or have undertaken, some school experience and a good understanding of current issues in education.

The course There are 3 elements to the course, designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career: Professional Studies- understanding what factors lead to successful learning. Course work will be assessed. Subject Studies- covers subject knowledge in a wide range of subjects, core (Mathematics, English and Science) and foundation (Arts, Humanities etc). Course work will be assessed. Professional Practice- the majority of the course will be spent in schools. You will complete 3 main placements: 2 at a base school and 1 complimentary school. This will give you experience across both Key Stage 1 and 2. 1 day a week will be spent at University. Ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards will be assessed.

Upon completion of the course, you gain 90 credits at master’s level. This allows you to fast- track to stage two of a masters degree at The University of Warwick.

Whilst on placement, you will be invited to attend Alliance training days. These will supplement your professional and subject studies offered by the University. They will be led by outstanding professionals from our Alliance schools and tailored to support your individual needs.

Trainees will be required to pay University fees- currently £9250. Bursaries are available. DfE for more information.

Interview process

The Lead School (Dorridge Primary) will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. The interview process will take a half day and will take place in the school that you have applied to train to teach in. Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants at least a week in advance of the interview date. The interview will include a short teaching activity, or mini-lesson, which lasts approximately 20 minutes. Applicants will be informed about the topic for the teaching activity and the age group/ability of the pupils. You will also be expected to research a contemporary issue in education that interests you and be prepared to write for thirty minutes about it; you will need to outline a range of opinions/arguments and explain your own opinion/response. A short maths assessment will also form part of the interview process. Following this, you will sit a formal interview which will last approximately 30 minutes. This will be led by the Lead Professional Mentor from the Alliance and School Mentor from the school you have applied to.

How school placements work

There are 6 schools in the Dorridge Alliance. All unique in our own way, we share a passion to improve outcomes for young people with the child central to all that we do. Five schools are based in Solihull and one in Birmingham. Pupils who attend come from a range of backgrounds, providing you with a varied experience. You will be working with pupils aged 5-11, offering KS1 and KS2 experience. Your school based learning will commence early in the Autumn Term in your Base School before joining your complimentary school in the Spring Term for 5 weeks. You will return to the Base School for the Summer Term and the remainder of your school experience. You will spend 4 days a week on placement with the fifth day at University.


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

Trainees will be required to pay University fees- currently £9250.

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.



You should be a graduate, with a 2:2 degree or above. You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science . If you have an overseas qualification, we will check this qualification with NARIC.

Personal qualities

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their passion for teaching and desire to support pupils in reaching their full potential. You will need to be hard-working, driven, well-organised, resourceful and reflective. A sense of humour and ability to see the bright side is also key. You will be a team player. Previous experience of working with children is desirable.

Other requirements

To safeguard our pupils and our staff, an enhanced DBS check will be required as a condition of the course.

About the training provider

With over 15 years experience training teachers of the future, we are delighted to present the Dorridge Alliance. We are an ITT provider consisting of 6 good and outstanding schools in partnership with Warwick University, an Ofsted outstanding ITT provider. To complement the university led training, the Dorridge Alliance will provide a bespoke series of CPD sessions tailored to meet your needs, designed to ensure you are NQT ready for September 2021. These sessions will be led by outstanding practitioners and lead professionals from our alliance schools. We will guide and support you through the course, with each school providing an in house mentor as well as your university mentor. Our Lead Professional Mentor and Quality Assurance Leads will work alongside each of our schools to ensure you become the very best teacher you can be.

About the accredited body

The University of Warwick has been training teachers for over 50 years. 98% of trainees complete their courses with 94% being awarded good or outstanding. Employment rate into teaching is 95% . You will be guided by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training. Sophie PGCE Alumni (RQT) : ‘I got the first job I applied for. I was told a few months after starting that the reputation from the University of Warwick alone had been enough to secure the job (luckily they were also impressed by my teaching!)’.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our courses attract a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, that everyone can feel a part of. Arrangements can be made to support applicants with particular needs. Applicants will need to be able to travel independently between the University Campus in Coventry and to the training schools in Solihull and Birmingham Local Authorities.

Contact details

01564 772836
Dorridge Primary School
Hanbury Road
West Midlands
B93 8EU


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Choose a training location

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Balsall Common Primary
139 Balsall St East,, Balsall Common, Coventry, CV7 7FS
Yes B
Damson Wood Infant School
Stockwell Rise, Solihull, B92 9LX
Yes D
Lady Katherine Leveson Primary
Fen End Road West, Temple Balsall, Knowle, Solihull, B93 0AN.
Yes L
Main Site
Station Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8EU
Yes -
Smith’s Wood Primary Academy
Burton’s Way, Smith’s Wood, Birmingham , West Midlands, B36 0SZ
Yes W
Stirchley Primary
Pershore Road, Birmingham, B30 2JL
Yes S

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