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.

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


Course summary

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.

School placements

There are 4 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. 3 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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Balsall Common Primary
139 Balsall St East,, Balsall Common, Coventry, CV7 7FS
Main Site
Station Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8EU
Smith’s Wood Primary Academy
Burton’s Way, Smith’s Wood, Birmingham , West Midlands, B36 0SZ
Stirchley Primary
Pershore Road, Birmingham, B30 2JL

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Candidates will need an equivalent qualification to a C grade (minimum) in English, maths and science

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Trainees will be required to pay University fees- currently £9250, correct September 2021.

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.

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.

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

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 this training provider

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

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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