Primary (W435)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Staffordshire University
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.

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


About the course

Welcome Staffordshire Education and Research Alliance (SERA). Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University who is our ITT (Initial Teacher Training) provider. Our programme is a carefully thought out blend of classroom experience, university led training and alliance led training.

As a trainee within SERA, you will be provided with a professional mentor who will support you within every aspect of your learning journey. In addition to this, you will be able to access the support of a network of SERA based mentors. The schools within the SERA alliance have strong links and work closely alongside each other to support associate trainees to develop strong subject knowledge and pedagogy.

As a trainee within this alliance, you will be provided with the knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective classroom teacher who inspires the children within their class to develop a love of learning and be the best they can be.

Alongside classroom practice, you will be assessed via written assignments.

Interview process

Following an initial screening to ensure your application meets our entry requirements, applications will be considered by the course leader. Successful applicants at this stage will be offered an interview.

Our Primary PGCE is a two stage interview process, successful applicants in the initial interview will be invited to a second stage interview to be held in a local school. This will involve working with a small group of children, supporting them with learning which has been prepared by the child’s class teacher.

How school placements work

There will be 2 placements in contrasting schools. Each placement will last at least 60 days. One placement will be in KS1 and one will be in KS2. We select placements from within our partner schools, with whom we work closely and have strong links.

Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 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.



GCSEs at grade C or above in English, mathematics and a science

A degree at 2:2 or above

Personal qualities

We are looking for associate teachers who have a passion for teaching and who are committed to providing the best possible learning experiences for children. Enthusiasm for working as part of a team is an essential as this will lead to the best possible school-based experiences.

As an alliance of schools we are rooted in research led learning, this is how we continue to evolve as reflective practitioners. We will look for a passion for continual reflection in our associate teachers.

Other requirements

Successful applicants will also be required to:

Complete a Medical Questionnaire, which will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist

Provide an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (application can be obtained through the University)

About the training provider

SERA (Staffordshire Education and Research Alliance) are pleased to welcome applicants for the 2020-2021 School Direct programme in collaboration with Staffordshire University. SERA made up of the schools in Penk Valley Academy Trust, Codsall High Federation of Schools and Endeavour Multi-Academy Trust, is a research based – practitioner lead high quality provision to support and challenge the development of exceptional education in Staffordshire.

The trusts within SERA share a passion for pedagogy driven practice. In addition to the University lead training you will receive high quality alliance based input facilitated through group sessions with other locally based trainees. You will be provided with a mentor who will support you every step of the way.

As a trainee within our alliance you will develop the knowledge, experience and skills to become an inspirational practitioner.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our alliance acknowledge reasonable adjustments for trainee teachers with disabilities and other needs to promote equality of opportunity for all.

Contact details

Perton Middle School


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Location Vacancies Code
South Staffordshire
Perton Middle School, Perton, Staffordshire, WV6 7NR
Yes H

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