St Matthew's Teaching School
Primary (K533)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Titan Partnership Ltd
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our school direct programme is a 37 week, full time school-led course that leads to QTS and a PGCE with Master’s credits.

You will be based at St Matthew’s for your training, but you will need to complete a short second placement with one of our partnership schools. This will give you a balance of experience across two contrasting school settings.

After your induction week, you will be based in school Monday-Friday. On a Tuesday morning, you will attend cross-phase taught sessions at our learning hub. These sessions are designed to give you an understanding of the elements of your professional role that lie outside the national curriculum. These sessions are delivered by a range of speakers who are experts in their field.

You will also attend weekly twilight sessions. These will help you to develop your curriculum and subject knowledge for primary teaching as well as assisting with planning, delivery and assessment. There will be an appropriate focus on the core subjects of English and Maths but we aim to develop your confidence in delivering the whole primary curriculum. These sessions will be delivered by subject specialists from St Matthew’s and our partnership schools.

As this is a school-led programme, you will spend most of your time in school, learning from excellent practitioners. You will start by observing good practice in St Matthew’s before starting to team teach alongside your designated school-based trainer. You will then have the opportunity to deliver solo lessons before you begin your assessed teaching practice on a 50% timetable.

During your school placements, you will be supported by your School Based Trainer (SBT) and a Professional Tutor (PT). You will have a weekly one-to-one with your SBT and regular meetings with your PT in order to review progress against the Teachers’ Standards. In addition to this, you are also supported by a Subject Leader and the team of Titan experts.

QTS is assessed by your classroom practice, a portfolio of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards and a reflective practice folder.

The PGCE is assessed through 2 written assignments and 1 research task. This is a demanding, although highly rewarding, course and we look forward to supporting you in all aspects.

Interview process

Following your successful application, you will be invited to join us for an interview. As part of our interview process, you will take part in: A 10 minute presentation A 40 minute formal interview A 10 minute short reflective written task A 30 minute lesson

How school placements work

You will experience two school settings. Your main placement will be at St Matthew’s. Your second school experience will be for a minimum of 25 days. This is likely to take place in the second term of the course.


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

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.



A degree GCSE English grade C/4 or above GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above

Personal qualities

We are looking for highly motivated trainees with a passion for making a difference to the lives of young people.

You will face many new challenges and will need to have the determination and resilience to meet these challenges and overcome any difficulties.

You need to have the ability to listen to advice and be able to act on it.

You will be offered constructive feedback on a regular basis that is designed to improve your teaching.

You will need to possess good timekeeping skills and be able to prioritise your workload.

Other requirements

Once you are accepted on to our course, we will carry out a DBS and Fitness to Teach check.

Please ensure that the references used on your UCAS application are of a professional nature. Where possible, include a reference from a school, if you have managed to gain any recent school experience.

About the training provider

St Matthew’s is a teaching school and research school in the centre of Birmingham. We live by our values: courage, attainment and pride.

As part of the Research School Network, we are able to offer our teachers access to the latest, robust, evidence-informed training. We expect our children to benefit from exceptional teaching that allows them to attain excellent results, whatever their starting points.

Our reputation has spread and we welcome visitors from all five continents.

St Matthew’s is an exciting organisation to work with. Our trainees have opportunities to receive world-class training so they can go on to be outstanding teachers and the educational leaders of tomorrow.

About the accredited body

Titan Teacher Training has successfully trained teachers for over 20 years. We work in partnership with Primary and Secondary schools across Birmingham’s inner city to deliver outstanding and supportive school-based teacher training.

Titan is a small but highly successful provider. Our size enables us to deliver personalised training in a very supportive environment.

We provide all our trainees with the best possible support to ensure success at every level.

We look forward to supporting you into teaching.

Training with disabilities and other needs

St Matthew’s is an inclusive provider. We will support you during your training year and make reasonable adjustments to make sure that we meet your specific needs.

Contact details

0121 359 1602
Duddeston Manor Road
West Midlands
B7 4JR


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