King Edward’s Consortium
Religious Education (2ZZQ)

PGDE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The King Edward’s Consortium is rated the no.1 SCITT in the country in The Good Teacher Training Guide, 2017. The Consortium is also rated Outstanding by Ofsted (2012).

This school-based training course is full-time. Trainees spend one day a week (Tuesday) at our training centre in Kings Heath and the other four working days in school.

How is the course structured?

  • Induction. All KEC trainees attend our two-day central induction programme and spend one or more days in their main school during the July before they join us. This allows trainees to meet their peers, begin to engage with some key issues in teaching and familiarise themselves with the school department in which they will be based for the year;
  • Subject and Professional Trainers on each placement. All trainees have weekly one-to-one tutorials with a subject specialist and regular meetings with their Professional Trainer to review progress against the Teachers’ Standards;
  • A school-based Professional Studies programme;
  • A central programme of Professional Studies on Tuesdays throughout the year at our high-quality Training Centre in Kings Heath. All trainees are released by their schools to attend the morning session;
  • Fee-paying trainees have tutorial and library sessions to support PGDE (PGDipEd (QTS)) assignment writing on Tuesday afternoons while salaried trainees return to their schools;
  • Subject development days led by the KEC Subject Leader team;
  • An individual training plan built around your needs;
  • A gradual introduction to teaching, working alongside experienced teachers. The maximum number of hours trainees will be expected to teach is 12 hours. This is approximately 50% of a full-time, qualified teacher’s timetable;
  • A carefully-selected second placement experience which complements your experience in your main school;
  • Visits to you in school by the Director of ITT and by your KEC Subject Leader;
  • Access to our central library and resources and loan of core texts for all trainees;
  • Extensive support with job applications and interviews;
  • Access to library facilities at the University of Birmingham for PGDE (PGDipEd (QTS)) trainees;
  • Support from a very close-knit ‘family’ of fellow trainees and trainers across our schools. This lasts many trainees well-beyond the training year and supports them as they take up teaching posts and progress in their careers.

Interview process

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

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 the 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. 

How school placements work

The King Edward’s Consortium is a partnership of 23 excellent, and very varied, 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.

So that trainees can be present in their school on the first day of the academic year, our programme starts on Thursday 2 September 2021. The programme finishes in mid-July.

Trainees spend Tuesdays at the Consortium’s training centre and the other four working days of the week in school.

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 is likely to be their main placement school. This is not part of the assessment process but will give candidates a feel for where they will be training and also provides an opportunity to meet colleagues and pupils.

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 trainees not to live too far away from the Birmingham area.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 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: 25% at the beginning of the autumn term; 25% at the beginning of the spring term; and 50% at the beginning of the summer term.

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

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 standard equivalent to grade 4 or above (e.g. grade C or above) at GCSE in English language and mathematics (or overseas equivalent);

A degree (2.2 or above) of a United Kingdom higher education institution (or overseas equivalent), at least 50% of which should be directly related to your chosen teaching subject.  If your degree is not a good match with your chosen teaching subject you will need evidence of significant work experience in a relevant field.

Personal qualities

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

  • have a passion for their subject;
  • are able to work effectively with young people;
  • 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;
  • wish to take up teaching employment in England at the end of 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 teach.

Satisfactory references.

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 outstanding (Ofsted, 2012) school-centred initial teacher training provider (SCITT) in Birmingham. Established in 2004, we are a partnership of 23 excellent, and very varied, secondary schools. The mixture of comprehensive, selective, mixed, single-sex, 11-16 and 11-18 schools in the partnership is a key strength.

The Consortium is rated the no.1 SCITT in the country in The Good Teacher Training Guide, 2017.

We offer secondary fee-paying routes in the following subjects: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek), Computer Science, Drama, English, Geography, History, Languages (French, German, Spanish), Mathematics, Music, Physics and Religious Education.

Trainees work towards a PGDE (PGDipEd (QTS)) which carries 120 M Level credits and can later be converted to an MA in Teaching Studies. Accredited by the University of Birmingham, the PGDE is taught in-house by Consortium staff who are also Recognised Lecturers of the University. As well as providing our trainees with a stimulating and challenging programme of study, this represents excellent value for money.

Find out more on our website.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applicants with special educational needs and/or disabilities. So that our trainees can flourish, we make every effort to provide reasonable adjustments at our training centre and in our schools.

Please make us aware of your needs/access requirements via your UCASTT application.

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

Contact details

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


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