King Edward’s Consortium Computing (2ZZ8)

Postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

We offer a school-based, full-time training programme lasting 37 weeks, leading to QTS and a PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) with 120 Master’s credits. Accredited by the University of Birmingham, the PGDE is taught in-house at our training centre in Kings Heath by Consortium staff who are Recognised Lecturers of the University.

Trainees spend one day each week at our training centre and the remaining four working days each week in school. They follow a carefully-crafted, gradual introduction to teaching, working alongside experienced teachers, leading to teaching the equivalent of 50% of a full-time, qualified teacher’s timetable.

We enjoy an excellent reputation for academic rigour and quality of training, with a longstanding history of 100% employment for our graduates. The KEC programme is a personalised experience, designed to prepare trainees for exceptional classroom practice and school leadership.

Our programme features:

a comprehensive induction process for all trainees comprising a two-day central programme, plus one or more days in their main school prior to the start of the school year in September;

contrasting placements in two schools, carefully chosen from our diverse consortium of 23 school partners to suit trainees’ living and transport arrangements;

in-school support from expert professionals, including ongoing dialogue and weekly tutorials with a subject specialist to develop expertise and confidence in core teaching skills such as cognitive science, management of behaviour and subject knowledge;

guidance from senior members of staff in schools to review progress and to address wider professional development and whole school issues;

an ambitious weekly programme of Professional Studies delivered at the KEC training centre in Kings Heath, where you will be supported by our Academic Tutor, the Director of ITT, visiting speakers and experts;

guided exploration and critical evaluation of pedagogical theory, curriculum and academic literature, complemented by tutorials and library sessions to inform and support assignment writing;

subject development led by a team of accomplished subject practitioners who offer personalised support and guidance for classroom teaching and assignment writing, during tailor-made subject development sessions;

access to our central library and resources, with the loan of all core texts, along with access to library facilities at the University of Birmingham for PGDE trainees;

in-house support with job applications and interviews, plus guidance, coaching and mentoring from our close-knit family of colleagues across our schools, many of whom are former KEC trainees.

School placements

Each trainee is placed in two contrasting schools during their training. We always consider trainees’ living and transport arrangements when allocating placements.

The King Edward’s Consortium is a partnership of 23 excellent and very diverse secondary schools in the Birmingham and Solihull areas. The mixture of comprehensive, selective, mixed, single-sex, 11-16 and 11-18 schools in the partnership is a key strength. There are opportunities to experience working with young people from all backgrounds, including those with English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Our two-day induction takes place at KEC in late June and our programme starts on Monday 4 September 2023. The programme finishes in mid-July. Each trainee is allocated a main placement school where they will spend most of the training year and a second placement school (placement for five weeks at the beginning of the spring term). Following a discussion at interview, the Director of ITT carefully selects and arranges placements taking into account the trainee’s home address and travel arrangements as well as ensuring that they are placed in an excellent subject department.

On receipt of an offer from the King Edward’s Consortium, successful candidates will also be offered a visit to the school that will be their main placement school.

All trainees have the opportunity to teach A’ Level (or equivalent) in at least one placement school. The Director also aims to give trainees a contrasting pair of placements across our very varied partnership of schools. Whilst we make every effort to take into account trainees’ travel arrangements, we advise that trainees do not to live too far away from the Birmingham area.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in computing or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

For English and maths, we only accept equivalency testing from A* Teachers

For English, as an alternative to the A* Teachers’ test, candidates may present an IELTS Test Report Form dated within the last two years, with an overall score of 8.

Personal qualities

The King Edward’s Consortium seeks to recruit applicants who:

  • are able to work effectively with young people;
  • are committed to the safeguarding of students;
  • can embrace and engender a climate of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • are confident, motivated and well-organised;
  • can work constructively with other people in a team;
  • are self-aware and open to learning;
  • are able to communicate in accurate, confident written and spoken Standard English;
  • reveal insights into teaching and learning;
  • express a long-term commitment to teaching as a career;
  • want to teach in England following the programme.

Other requirements

All King Edward’s Consortium schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all trainee teachers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Successful applicants will also be required to take a health check to confirm their fitness to train to teach.

Satisfactory references.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,150.

In addition to the course fee of £9,150, trainees on SCITT programmes will be required to pay £100 on acceptance of their place (this covers the cost of DBS and Health checks and is non-refundable).

The tuition fee of £9,150 is paid to the King Edward’s Consortium in three instalments.

You can take out a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, or you may choose to pay your tuition fees up-front.

About the training provider

Become a teacher, change lives with the King Edward’s Consortium. We care about the people we train and have high aspirations for them all.

The King Edward’s Consortium is an exceptional school-centred initial teacher training provider (SCITT) in Birmingham. Established in 2004, we are a partnership of 23 excellent, and very varied, secondary schools.

Trainees work towards a PGDE which carries 120 credits and can be converted to an MA in Teaching Studies at the University of Birmingham. Trainees may also choose to follow the QTS-only programme.

Trainees train in the 14-19 phase.

Find out more on our website.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to a selection day at the King Edward’s Consortium Training Centre.

On the day of the interview, candidates sit paper-based tests in numeracy and literacy and answer written questions relating to their chosen teaching subject. The subject questions are sufficiently broad and general to allow all candidates with a background in the subject to tackle them with confidence. Candidates are advised to look at GCSE and A’ Level specifications in their subject to familiarise themselves with aspects of the subject normally studied in secondary schools.

Candidates then have an interview with the Director of Initial Teacher Training.

Original certificates, proof of identity and proof of right to work/study must be brought to interview.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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 King Edward’s Consortium is an inclusive provider. We will support you during your training year and make any reasonable adjustments to ensure that we meet your specific needs.

You may also be able to access funding such as the disabled students’ allowance. For more information click here.

Contact this training provider

0121 441 6680
KEVI Camp Hill Girls' School
Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
B14 7QJ

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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