Primary with Severn Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: University of Chester

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Our School Direct EY Primary (non salaried) course is a one year Initial Teacher Training programme for those who want to teach Foundation age children (3-7). If you want to teach Primary please see our course code 22FD.

The course consists of contrasting school placements, covering Nursery, Reception and Year 1, and centre based training days, where you will come together as a complete cohort to cover all curriculum subjects and a wide range of other topics. Our Associate Teachers spend 120 days across the year on placement providing optimum opportunity to learn and develop as a teacher alongside highly experienced professionals in our good and outstanding partner schools.

Each Associate Teacher is provided with a robust support network including a mentor, QA lead and University Link Tutor to guide them through the year.

In partnership with the University of Chester you will work towards gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education. Academic sessions all take place in Telford, and you will complete three assignments during the year.

Our EY course takes place entirely in Telford with the exception of an Arthog (outdoor education) experience, an introductory visit to the library at University Centre Shrewsbury, and attendance at specialist sessions at the Centre for Research into Early Childhood (CREC) in Birmingham. Travel to CREC for Associate Teachers is funded.

Interview process

Our interview process is an opportunity for candidates to show us their enthusiasm for teaching and demonstrate various skills such as interaction with pupils and knowledge of education. All our interview days take place in one of our alliance schools, and will involve at least one senior leader from that school, as well as our director of ITT. The day will consist of individual and group tasks.

Candidates will be usually be notified of the outcome of their interview day within 24 hours, and we encourage all candidates to engage with all their chosen providers prior to making a decision on which course to choose.

How school placements work

We are extremely privileged to have 50 local schools within our Alliance, who fully support our Initial Teacher Training programme. This provides us and our candidates with many and varied options when it comes to placement schools. We take pride in matching our Associate Teachers to placements which best fit with them, for instance taking into account travel restrictions, and can also offer placements in local special schools for those who want to take that career path.

You will undertake three placements, in contrasting schools. During the Autumn term you will have a Nursery placement, for Spring a Year 1 placement and then finally for Summer a placement in a Reception class. Centre based sessions are interspersed with school based days to provide a good balance. Your school based days and teaching time will gradually increase as the course progresses. In total 120 days are spent on placement during the academic year.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Course fees can be covered by a Student Loan as with all university courses and repayments will only start once full time employment begins.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



GCSE (or equivalent) A-C in English, Maths and a Science

An honours degree in any subject at 2:2 or higher

All Teacher Training candidates have to pass English and Maths Key Skills tests prior to undertaking a teacher training course.

Personal qualities

Candidates need to have a genuine passion for teaching.

Other requirements

It is essential that all applicants have some school based experience, whether as a volunteer or having worked in school in a non teaching role. Due to our relationships with our Alliance schools if this is something you need help or guidance with we will endeavour to help.

All candidates will be required to undertake a new DBS clearance via the University of Chester prior to the course commencing.

About the training provider

Severn Teaching School are committed to inspiring the next generation of teachers, we want graduates to make the most of their degree by taking the highly successful ‘School Direct’ route towards qualified teacher status. Our programme is mostly based in school and as a consequence our trainees are highly employable by the end of the year. We offer 120 days school based experience in two contrasting schools, coupled with 60 centre based training days, all of which will take place in Telford. We offer you the opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status by training in schools of the highest quality across our alliance, working alongside a highly skilled and dynamic workforce. Your training programme will be supported by an excellent team of local school improvement specialists and the University of Chester.

Our School Direct programme is based in Telford, with very good transport links to the West Midland conurbation and surrounding towns in Shropshire. Telford is home to the famous Ironbridge Gorge and as a designated new town has an abundance of affordable accommodation.

Successful completion of our programme will provide candidates with Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in either Primary or Early Years (3-7) Education.

About the accredited provider

We have a well established relationship with the University of Chester who have been our accredited provider since 2014. The University partnership provides excellent service for our Telford cohort including use of the library at their Shrewsbury campus. University lectures take place in Telford with tutors travelling to deliver at our Telford base.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Severn Teaching School and the University of Chester are keen to ensure all students are able to achieve their learning potential. Specialist University staff will support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. This may include creation of an Inclusion Plan which Severn Teaching School will endeavour to support.

Our training base is fully accessible.

Contact details

01952 387237
Severn Teaching School Alliance
Park Lane Centre
Telford, Shropshire, West Midlands


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1B5
  • Training programme code: 2L8D

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
1 Telford Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5QZ

Advice and support

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