West Midlands Consortium
Biology (3BG2)

QTS full time with salary

Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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


About the course

The School Direct (Salaried) training programme offers you a route towards qualifying as a teacher whilst working in one of our Partner schools. Our course is highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers and we have a proven track record of high employment and career progression. We strongly believe in fostering reflective, self-assured practionners who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability as teachers.

The School Direct (Salaried) programme is school-centered at its own lead training school. There are opportunities to observe, and become involved in, the leading edge practice at one of our partner schools to enhance your teaching and learning and to develop your pedagogical understanding. You will benefit, not only from highly experienced course tutors who are at the forefront of educational development, but also from the specialist support and expertise of practicing teachers and senior leaders.

The quality of relationships across our 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 our partnership, allowing us to map your development needs with the best-placed schools to ensure a tailored programme that is that is designed to suit you.

We individualise student learning right from the onset, encouraging Associate Teachers to progress into proficient, effective practionners. You will have access to, and will be supported by, a range of subject experts together with a friendly, approachable team who will both encourage and challenge you to develop into an outstanding teacher. An audit against Teachers’ Standards is completed at the start of the course and is used to help inform our teaching provision and target setting to maximise progression and understanding. 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.

The School Direct (Salaried) training programme will enable you to teach your specialist subject across the full secondary age and ability range and will support your development in a range of aspects of your pedagogical development including subject knowledge, teaching and learning skills including assessment for learning, behaviour management, understanding of the National Curriculum and research of relevant literature and educational theories.

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 either the Director or Chairperson of the Consortium together with a Senior Deputy Head Teacher or experienced subject specialist from the relevant department within the school.

Candidates are able to gain a fuller insight into the nature of the course and the teaching profession during the interview process and a short presentation will give candidates an outline of the School Direct programme, with opportunities to ask questions. It is usual for applicants to be observed teaching within the relevant department with feedback being shared during the interview process. If appropriate, candidates are also given a short tour of the host school.

One-to-one interviews are then held with each applicant with candidates also asked to deliver a short presentation on a pre-determined topic, relating to the role of their subject in the curriculum and wider life.
Applicants need to demonstrate concern and consideration for the welfare of the children, be willing to follow WMC and training school procedures and liaise with a range of professionals to support children. 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.

How school placements work

The School Direct (Salaried) programme combines full-time training and study. You will also spend a period of time teaching in a contrasting partnership school. SDS trainees are supported in their training schools by School-Based Trainers (SBT) and Professional Tutors (PT).

As an Associate Teacher, you will be provided with a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your individual needs. You will spend time observing, supporting with group work, and sharing classes with the teacher before moving towards independently teaching classes yourself. As well as teaching, you will be expected to contribute generally to the wider life of the school.

A short primary school placement is an integral part of the School Direct (Salaried) programme with Associate Teachers enabled to build experiences across the breadth of National Curriculum at all Key Stages. Throughout the year, you will have access to a wide range of learning experiences that will be reflected upon and enhanced within a very supportive and positive environment. All of the above, integrated with your own motivation and desire, will enable you to reach your full potential to become an outstanding subject specialist teacher through participation on the School Direct (Salaried) training programme. All Associate Teachers follow a core syllabus that focuses on the skills, knowledge and concepts related to effective learning and teaching within the secondary classroom.

The School Direct (Salaried) programme is very intense 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 enjoyable year!


School Direct (Salaried) trainees are employed by their placement school on a 12 month fixed-term contract paid on scale point one of the unqualified teachers’ pay range which is currently £17,208. There are no fees for this course payable by the trainee.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Degree: A 2:2 honours degree or above ideally, but not essentially, in a subject related to the subject you wish to teach.

GCSE: You must have a Grade C (4), or better, in GCSE English Language and Mathematics

Personal qualities

Applicants must be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm 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 able to accept constructive feedback to support their progress and success throughout the course.

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. We actively seek to recruit candidates who have the potential to become outstanding practionners.

Enhanced disclosure from DBS - Applicants will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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 Primary Trainee

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 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 and career progression. We strongly believe in fostering reflective, self-assured practionners who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability as teachers.

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

Training with disabilities and other needs

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

Access for wheelchairs is not a problem. The school has a lift, and the car park for disabled drivers is right outside the main doors.

For more detailed information, please see our Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy.

Contact details

01952 200000
Thomas Telford School (Lead School)
Old Park


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