The Earls High School
Biology (352P)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
Financial support
Bursary or 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


You could inspire the next generation of teenagers! At the Institute of Education we offer a variety of subjects and routes to becoming a Secondary school teacher for both undergraduate and postgraduate level applicants.

Training as a Secondary school teacher, upon successful completion, will allow you to teach across the eleven to sixteen age range within the secondary age phase. For some of the non-compulsory subjects within schools,you will be taught to teach those from year ten into sixth form level (14 to 19 within the secondary age range).

School Direct is a Government initiative, providing school-led teacher training in close collaboration with universities, with the expectation that employment will be secured in training schools.

Over 98% of our trainees at The University of Wolverhampton go on not only to secure employment, but remain in teaching, with many quickly moving on to promoted posts.

The School Direct Tuition (PGCE) route is for graduates who are looking to secure training at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools who will organise your placements and provides University and school-based training. Successful completion of this route will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level. that can be used towards our Masters degree in education.

The University of Wolverhampton

Interview process

The interview has both verbal and written components and is designed to identify your strengths and areas for development. It will audit a mixture of key stage 3 and GCSE content that covers the current curriculum. You will be sent information on how to prepare when you are notified of your interview.

The main purpose of the interview is to:

  • give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
  • explore your subject strengths and areas for development

assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English

  • assess your readiness to train to teach
  • assess knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum in schools
  • answer any of your questions about the course

How school placements work

Every effort is made to ensure that high-quality school placements are provided to you, facilitating learning through observing, co-teaching and being observed by experienced teachers in the classroom. We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools.

For placements on the School Direct course the lead school will place you within a school within their alliance.

Students undertake three placement phases at two different schools within the lead school's alliance.

Phase 1: September-December (approx. 36 days) with School 1

Phase 2: Janaury-February (approx. 20 days) with School 2

Phase 3: March- June (Approx. 53 days) with School 1


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,700

Prices are displayed on individual courses pages, however in some cases tuition fee loans may be available. Find out more

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Our Education Guidance Advisors offer friendly and professional advice to prospective students. They have a huge amount of experience answering enquiries on all aspects of coming to University including fees and finances, previous study rules and sources of funding.

Tel: 01902 321032

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A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

Personal qualities

If you have the knowledge, passion and commitment required to become an outstanding practitioner, then apply to The Earls High School.

Other requirements

Once you have been issued with either a conditional or unconditional offer and you have accepted this, you will be sent information, about how to complete your DBS Disclosure Application Form and Occupational Health forms online for completion and return. Please note, this information is usually sent out in from May for our September intake.

About the training provider

As an Ofsted rated Outstanding school, The Earls promotes a challenging and stimulating environment that aims to fully engage students in their learning.

We believe passionately that education has one, deeply important characteristic, that nothing else can match: a good education gives the opportunity for any individual to transcend their starting point. Education is the one thing that allows us all to enhance our natural talents, gifts and abilities. That is what we strive for at The Earls, creating enhanced life chances for our students.

The school motto: 'Ut filii lucis fiatis', almost literally 'to become the children of light', that's what we want for our students: to become enlightened.

As an Ofsted rated Outstanding school, The Earls promotes a challenging and stimulating environment that aims to fully engage students in their learning. We are looking to train, develop and support School Direct candidates who have the potential to be outstanding practitioners.

We are looking to train, develop and support School Direct candidates who have the potential to be outstanding practitioners.

School Direct is available at The Earls High School and with our partner schools: Olive Hill; Newfield Park; Aldridge; The Dormston; Lyng Hall; St. Matthias and The Mercian Trust.

Successful completion of a School Direct course will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct programmes may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

If you have the knowledge, passion and commitment required to become an outstanding practitioner, then apply to The Earls High School.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs including candidates with dyslexia; physical, hearing, and visual impairments and : mental health conditions.

We will seek advice and support as necessary from professional bodies and advice services.

Contact details

The Earls High School
Furnace Lane
West Midlands
B63 3SL


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: 1L5
  • Training programme code: 352P

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Name Address Code
St. Matthias (formerly Deansfield Community School) Deans Road, Wolverhampton WV1 2BH C

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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