West Midlands Consortium Primary (2PPD)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The Primary course prepares Associate Teachers (ATs) to teach all subjects in the National Curriculum and aims to prepare successful applicants to grow into reflective, creative, proactive practitioners through an on-going analysis of their own progress and development. All ATs follow a forward-thinking curriculum that focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding related to effective learning, teaching and pedagogical development within the classroom. Teaching is based on lectures, workshops, skills training and seminars with individual support through one-to-one and group tutorials forming an integral feature of the programme.

We organise the course to provide ATs with an in-depth understanding of a range of teaching, learning and educational experiences to inform both their training and pedagogical development. You will benefit not only from a highly experienced Course Leader who is at the forefront of developments in education but also from the specialist support and expertise of practising teachers and senior leaders.

The programme follows the three school term year with two teaching placements taking place during the course. At the beginning of the Autumn Term, an intensive training period takes place to prepare Associate Teachers for their first experiences in school. Placement A consists of three days a week with a teaching commitment increasing to 50%, Placement B increases to four days and, during the final term, you will benefit from spending five days a week in your placement school, teaching 80% of the timetable.

A blend of practical experience and theory gained during the course is assessed in a number of ways. Teaching knowledge, skills and understanding is monitored through lesson observations, professional learning conversations, reflective journals and progress review meetings together with a number of written academic assignments that focus on theory into practice and key aspects of pedagogical development. We work closely with Staffordshire University on our Masters Programme.

The quality of relationships across the Consortium of schools is outstanding and is developed collaboratively at every stage to ensure that training is at the cutting edge of education. Effective communication is paramount to the continued success of this partnership, allowing WMC to map development needs with the best-placed partnership schools to ensure a tailored programme that is designed to suit all aspiring teachers.

WMC has established a fantastic reputation across the West Midlands. Historically, the majority of ATs have gained teaching posts before the end of their training period with a high percentage placed within partner schools.

School placements

WMC has over 30 diverse and contrasting placement schools in and around the West Midlands region which includes placement schools in Staffordshire, Shropshire, and the West Midlands. The geographical spread of schools means that all Associate Teachers should have a commute to their placement schools of, ideally, no more than 30 minutes driving time.

Associate Teachers will experience teaching within two contrasting primary placements, spending approximately 60 days in each placement. Placement A carries a 50% teaching commitment, beginning with a 3 day placement. AT’s teaching commitment increases to 60% within Placement B where they will start with a 4 day placement before quickly moving to a full 5 day placement. Associate Teachers will move towards an 80%, teaching commitment during the summer term which mirrors the commitment and workload of an Early Career Teacher.

Associate Teachers are very well-supported during their placements by experienced Mentors within their placement schools and by their Course Leader. As a trainee teacher, you will experience a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your individual needs. You will spend time observing expert colleagues, supporting group work and sharing classes with the teacher before moving towards independent teaching. As well as teaching, you will be expected to contribute generally to the wider life of the school, becoming an integral part of the school community through, for example, supporting extra-curricular activities.

ATs also experience a short placement in Key Stage Three which focuses on effective transition from primary to secondary education together with the opportunity to visit a number of specialised settings, for example, SEMH, a special school, ASD provision and supporting pupils with speech and language challenges, to learn more about inclusion.

The PGCE programme is very intensive and you will need to devote an extensive amount of time and effort to developing your teaching knowledge, skills and understanding whilst completing the course. Applicants should be prepared for a very busy but incredibly enjoyable year!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

You will need to access equivalency tests in English, Maths and/or Science.

Personal qualities

Applicants must be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and passion for working with young people, communicate effectively in written and spoken English and be confident in their use of IT skills.

Applicants must recognise that studying to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is demanding and requires commitment beyond the standard working day; they will need to be able to manage their time effectively to maintain an appropriate ‘work/life balance’.

Applicants must be able to make the best use of their existing subject knowledge, skills and understanding and be willing to accept and reflect on feedback to support their continued development.

Other requirements

It is desirable, although not essential, that applicants have experience of working with young people, preferably within an educational context or through youth organisations.

However, we are actively looking for candidates who have the potential to become effective classroom practioners and are able to support applicants in gaining school experience.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Associate Teachers are given the opportunity to attend a residential weekend at Arthog to experience outdoor education activities such as canoeing, mountain climbing and gorge walking. This is also an excellent opportunity to get to know your peers! The cost this activity is subsidized by WMC.

There is also the opportunity to participate in additional training such as adult and pediatric first aid, swimming and gymnastics.

About the training provider

“It has been an absolute pleasure to be a WMC student. The support right from the word go has been relentless and confirmed why I wanted to train through WMC. I have truly been a part of a family and I am sad to go. However, I go knowing that I have been provided with high quality training that is reflected in my standard of teaching. I feel privileged to have been trained by WMC.” WMC Associate Teacher

West Midlands Consortium has effectively and successfully led and managed School Centred Initial Teacher Training Courses (SCITT) for over 20 years. We are a well-established leading provider for teacher training based at Thomas Telford School, the top performing non-selective comprehensive in England.

Our wide range of primary and secondary training courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers and we have a proven track record of high employment, retention and career progression. We strongly believe in fostering reflective, forward-thinking self-assured practioners who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and impact.

We pride ourselves on being a small provider with a big reputation. As a West Midlands Consortium Associate Teacher, you will be more than just a number – you will be a member of a select team. You will receive fantastic individualised support from your Course Leader and Mentor and have access to expert advice and guidance from members of the WMC Team and from within our extensive range of Consortium partner schools.

Interview process

After initial selection based on application, successful candidates are invited to an interview where they will participate in a number of activities. Candidates will be interviewed by the Director of the Consortium together with experienced Head Teachers from one of our partner schools.

During the interview process, candidates gain a fuller insight into the nature, content and aims of the course and of the teaching profession. A short presentation will give candidates an outline of the PGCE Primary programme with opportunities to ask questions. Prior to interview, candidates will be given a practical task to prepare designed to give a flavour of the type of teacher they wish to become.

One-to-One interviews are held with each applicant during which questions focusing on primary education are explored and discussed. Candidates will be given verbal feedback at the end of the process and are informed of our decision on the day of interview.

Applicants need to demonstrate concern and consideration for the welfare and development of the children, be willing to follow WMC and placement school procedures and to liaise with a range of professionals to support pupils.

Applicants will understand the responsibility of acting as a role model through demonstrating professional commitment to the conditions of service for a teacher, recognising the full responsibilities involved, and will have an awareness of the current National Curriculum arrangements for the age range that they will be teaching together with an understanding of the latest developments in education.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability or other specific need, please contact the WMC Administrator to discuss how we are best able to support with your particular individual requirements.

For more detailed information, please see our Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy which can be found on the WMC website.

Contact this training provider

01952 200000
Thomas Telford School (Lead School)
Old Park

Support and advice

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