West Midlands Consortium Geography (3BG9)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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

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


Course summary

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, retention and career progression. We strongly believe in fostering reflective, creative and self-assured practioners who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability .

The School Direct (Salaried) programme is school-centered and provides an ‘on the job’ training experience. There are opportunities to observe, and become involved in, the cutting edge practice at one of our partner schools to enhance your teaching and learning and to develop your pedagogical knowledge and understanding. You will benefit, not only from highly experienced course tutors who are at the forefront of educational development, practice and research 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 your training is up-to-date and relevant. 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 practioners. 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, which is rooted in the latest research, 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.

School placements

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 Associate Teachers are supported in their training schools by Subject Mentors, Professional Tutors, Quality Assurance Officers and their Course Leader.

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 expert colleagues, supporting with group work, and sharing classes with a 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 through, for example, supporting extra-curricular activities.

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 forward-thinking curriculum that focuses on the skills, knowledge and concepts related to effective learning and teaching within the secondary classroom.

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 reflective assignments that focus on theory into practice and key aspects of pedagogical development.

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 very enjoyable year!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in geography 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

You will need to source an equivalency test in English and/or Maths.

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 practioners.

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


School Direct (Salaried) Associate Teachers 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 £18,169.

There are no fees for this course payable by the candidate.

Fees and financial support

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 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 proposed placement 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 partner 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 and development of young people, be willing to follow WMC and training school procedures and liaise with a range of professionals to support students. 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.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

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

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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