Welford-on-Avon Primary School Primary 3-7 (V611)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The Arden Forest Teaching Alliance, led by Welford on Avon Primary School is delivering an Early Years School Direct Initial Teacher Training course in association with the University of Worcester beginning September 2023.

For the majority of the training year you will based at your ‘host school’. In addition, you will spend one term on a complementary placement, in a contrasting school setting.

“As a partnership of schools, we are fully committed to offering the best possible support and training to grow the next generation of teachers. We have a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting those new to the profession and feel that our school Direct programme will give teachers the best possible start in their career”

Julie Leeman – Headteacher, Welford on Avon Primary School

Alongside your time in school, learning from experienced and highly skilled teachers, you will attend a number of taught sessions led by both the University of Worcester and lead schools from with the partnership, to support your academic practice. You will complete a number of Masters level assignments which will further your understanding of effective teaching pedagogies and theories. You will be supported, whilst on the programme, by an experienced school mentor and a University link tutor who will help guide your development, assess your progress and support you to maximise your potential.

The course is carried out over a full academic year, starting in September 2023

School placements

Successful trainees will be based at one of our partner schools, located in and around South Warwickshire.

You will have three school experience placements. SE1 and SE3 will take place in your host school and usually in the same year group ( Nursery or Reception). SE2 will be a contrasting setting and in a Key Stage One classroom.
Throughout their training we aim to give trainees a broad experience in our Early Years and Key Stage 1 settings. In addition, we will provide short experiences observing and working with our KS2 classrooms.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Headland Road, Welford-on-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8ER

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Equivalency tests can be accessed through the University of Worcester

Personal qualities

As an Early Years Teacher, you will inspire, excite and nurture children through a crucial stage of their development. Your aim is to motivate children a providing a safe and secure environment for them to develop their social and communication skills. As an early years teacher you will motivate and stimulate a child’s learning abilities, often encouraging learning through experience preparing them for the start of their primary school years.

Other requirements

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

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,800

UK/EU £9,250

International Fees £15,800

About the training provider

The Arden Forest School Direct programme 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 2022, both at Welford and in other highly rated local primary schools.

Welford on Avon Primary School 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
  • Personal, academic and pastoral support

About the accredited body

Our accredited partner, the University of Worcester, offer an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching.

At Worcester the PGCE: School Direct Primary is tailored to your needs - building on your existing strengths and expertise. Our course is inclusive and innovative in its design and delivery, and places you at the heart of a thriving school community.

  • Full immersion in the daily life of a school
  • Breadth and depth of experience across a range of schools
  • Outstanding additional opportunities for enrichment and extension
  • A dynamic taught programme,
  • Unparalleled personal and academic support throughout the programme and beyond

Interview process

Further details of the interview progress will be shared with the successful applicants.

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

The Arden Forest School Direct programme is committed to supporting students with disabilities and additional needs and is a fully inclusive course.

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

Contact this training provider

Welford on Avon Primary School
CV37 8ER

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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