West Midlands Consortium Primary (5-11) (3XXJ)

QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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

Trainees will be part of a school team from the outset and will receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. Teaching experience will prepare trainees for a Key Stage One and Two focus. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees. This programme will prepare trainees for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. There are two compulsory school placements. Trainees are expected to complete the associated tasks and to build a portfolio of evidence during the academic year to demonstrate that they have met national teaching standards. Trainees do not undertake academic credit on this programme. However, all components will need to be assessed to gain QTS. The course offers an immersive and inspiring school-centred route into teaching. At WMC, the SDS Primary Programme is tailored to your needs – building on your existing strengths and expertise. WMC places an emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study together with teaching and pastoral support enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences which will enable you to flourish and be successful. Our course is inclusive and innovative in its design and delivery and places you at the heart of a thriving school community for day one. The majority of trainees trained through this route are employed by the training school after completing the programme. The nature of this route to Qualified Teacher Status is for schools to train student teachers who are committed to the values and ethos of the school and wish to develop their teaching career within the school which invested in their training.

School placements

Trainees will spend most of their time in one placement school where their teaching practice will be supported by a WMC Course Leader and school mentor. Placements will focus on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the programme. The majority of trainees trained through this route are employed by the training school after completing the programme. The nature of this route to Qualified Teacher Status is for schools to train student teachers who are committed to the values and ethos of the school and wish to develop their teaching career within the school which invested in their training.

The SDS 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 enjoyable, year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Degree: A 2:2 honours degree or above ideally, but not essentially, in a subject related to primary education.
  • GCSE: You must have a Grade C (4), or better, in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science
  • Enhanced disclosure from DBS - Applicants will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £5,000.

Payable by the employing school.

Financial support from the training provider


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.

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 an experienced Head Teacher 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 Primary programme, with opportunities to ask questions. Prior to interview, candidates will be given a practical task to prepare and will participate in small group activities alongside other interviewees during the day. Interviews are usually held during a morning or afternoon session. 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 of the children, be willing to follow WMC and placement 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.

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

Support and advice

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