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Welford-on-Avon Primary School Primary (3BCC)

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

The Arden Forest Teaching Alliance, led by Welford-on-Avon Primary School, is running a School Direct Initial Teacher Training course beginning September 2020.

The programme is delivered in association with the University of Worcester, with trainees spending one day a week in University learning the theory and developing the subject knowledge that underpins successful teaching. The remainder of the time will be spent in school.

Assessment will come in the form of essays set and marked by the university as well as regular, ongoing assessment of teaching in school. Lesson observations take place regularly to give trainees constructive feedback about strengths and areas for development. Every half term there will be a visit from a university based link tutor who will observe with the school based mentor to agree grades and set appropriate future targets.

School based training will take place largely at Welford on Avon Primary School, although other partner schools may be used for specific parts of the training programme. All our partner schools are local and within easy travelling distance of Welford on Avon.

School placements

Successful trainees will be based at either Welford-on-Avon Primary School or another of our partner schools, based in and around South Warwickshire.

Trainees will be based at their main school throughout the Autumn and Summer term. In the Spring term they will spend a period of several weeks on a complementary placement at another of our partner schools to broaden their experience and work in a contrasting setting.

Throughout their training we aim to give trainees a broad experience of working in both of the primary school phases - Key Stage 1 (5-7) and Key Stage 2 (7-11).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Details of qualifications are available through the University of Worcester.

An undergraduate degree GCSE passes in English, Maths and Science (or equivalencies)

Equivalencies in Maths, English & Science are accepted from some providers & this will be checked on application. The University of Worcester do hold their own equivalency tests and therefore we do accept applications without these relevant qualifications in place.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit trainee teachers who are excited by the thought of training to teach in a primary school.

Teaching is a challenging profession but one that can be very rewarding. Trainees need to be enthusiastic about working in a school based setting as well as resilient to the challenges of a demanding course.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will be subject to a full DBS check.

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

Current Fees:

UK / EU £9,250 (subject to change for 21/22) International £13,700

About the training provider

The Arden Forest Teaching Alliance is led by Welford-on-Avon Primary School in partnership with a group of local primary schools and the University of Worcester.

Welford on Avon Primary School will be providing school based initial teacher training from September 2021, both at Welford and in other highly rated local primary schools.

Welford is a highly successful primary school with a strong track record for supporting initial teacher training. Through our programme we can offer students:

  • A supportive atmosphere in which to learn and develop as a teacher
  • Experienced mentors who have delivered the School Direct programme previously
  • Opportunities to work in a small network of local schools
  • A structured and supportive programme of school based training
  • Opportunities to observe, work alongside and be part of our outstanding teaching team

Interview process

Further details of the interview process will be given to successful applicants.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Arden Forest Teaching Alliance is committed to supporting students with disabilities and additional needs.

We are happy to discuss access arrangements as needed with potential applicants.

Contact this training provider

Welford on Avon Primary School
CV37 8ER

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