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Welford-on-Avon Primary School Early Years (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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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 2021.

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 2021.

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

Details of qualifications are available through the University of Worcester.

An undergraduate degree

GSCE 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

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 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,700

UK/EU £9,250 ( subject to change during 21/22

International Fees £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 progress will be shared with the 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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