The Earls High School
Primary (352R)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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


You could inspire the next generation of children! At the Institute of Education we offer a variety of routes to becoming a Primary school teacher at postgraduate level.

Training as a Primary school teacher will prepare you to teach pupils in the 3-11 age range within the primary age phase with alternative education setting enhancement.

These Primary teacher training programmes both lead to recommendation to the Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The focus is on teaching the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialising in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2 with some opportunities for enhancements

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.

School Direct Routes - For those with an undergraduate degree there is also the option to consider the school direct routes to teaching which allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your training year.

The University of Wolverhampton

Interview process

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a written audit. These will provide us with some information about your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding. These are for formative assessment purposes only and are not used as part of the criteria in making a decision regarding an offer of a place on the course.

Second Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course.

For both routes you should generally try to tailor your answers to reflect on the following:

  • your commitment to, and understanding of, primary education and the role of the teacher/lecturer
  • effective personal, intellectual and communication skills
  • a positive attitude towards children and working with children
  • your enthusiasm for, and understanding of primary education and teaching in general
  • your ability to converse about any of the current government initiatives.
  • clear and accurate spoken English

How school placements work

Students undertake two assessed placements at two different schools lasting a minimum of 120 days. There will also be valuable opportunities to gain experience in Early Years, Secondary, SEND educational settings and transition.

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.


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

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Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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





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

Personal qualities

We no longer ask for any school experience as a requirement for our Primary Education courses. Instead, if you are invited for an interview we will assess your readiness to train to teach.

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.

About the accredited body

Could inspire the next generation of teenagers?

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).

“The quality of training reflects the strengths of the partnership and how the relevant expertise of mentors and tutors is deployed skilfully”. (Ofsted, 2013)

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


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