Primary with Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: University of Wolverhampton

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

For 2019-2020 WTSA will be offering places in:

School Direct Tuition, Primary-PGCE.

Our School Direct Tuition programme has been designed to ensure that our student teachers are expertly trained to take up posts as outstanding NQTs. To support this, most of the training will take place in the School Direct schools and will be blended with face-to-face training sessions at the university.

Course Overview:

  • a comprehensive introduction to the course both at WTSA and the university
  • WTSA taught sessions in English, Maths and Professional Studies are led by outstanding teachers, SLE’s (Specialist Leaders in Education) and senior members of staff
  • many of these sessions are followed by or informed by classroom observation and interaction with children
  • university taught sessions in Science, all other foundation subjects, assessments and accreditation are led by outstanding lecturers and staff members
  • two main teaching placements (one in Key stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2)
  • additional experience in nursery and secondary settings
  • opportunities to enhance and further develop subject area knowledge (e.g. English, Maths, SEND, PE etc)
  • opportunity to experience teaching abroad

In School Experience:

  • student teachers start to visit their first placement school from the beginning of September and their second placement school from January. Where possible, these are weekly visits
  • school based WTSA taught sessions as above
  • nursery, secondary and enhancement placements in schools and settings

Accreditation and Assessment:

  • successful completion of the course will result in QTS and a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits
  • assessment is through 5 masters level modules throughout the year (which includes your 2 teaching placements)
  • the modules are assessed by the University of Wolverhampton
  • each module is accessible via Canvas (Virtual Learning Environment) and the CANVAS app

Interview process

Harvills Hawthorn Primary School is the lead school in WTSA and as such will be coordinating the recruitment process.

If shortlisted, potential candidates should endeavour to visit the school prior to interview for a tour and an opportunity to ask any questions. Visits to the school are actively encouraged (and welcomed) prior to application. We run a number of Open Mornings/ Open Afternoons where candidates are welcome to attend and details of these can be found at(

The interview process is likely to last up to half a day and will require you to complete a number of tasks including a written task and a task with the children. The interview panel will consist of headteachers and senior leaders from the alliance as well as a representative from the University of Wolverhampton.

How school placements work

Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance offers a School Direct Primary PGCE (age 5-11 years) .The student teachers will have the following placements in schools:

  • a placement in Key Stage 1 for 10 weeks
  • a placement in Key Stage 2 for 13 weeks
  • a placement in a nursery setting for 1 week
  • a placement in a secondary school for 1 week
  • a placement in a school to further develop specific subject knowledge for 2 weeks

Our School Direct partnership for 2019-2020 consists of ten primary and infant schools:

  • all are either judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted
  • all are situated in Sandwell and Dudley with the majority of them being situated in the Wednesbury area itself

-all have worked consistently and extensively with our PGCE programme over the past 5 years

This means that our student teachers do not have to travel far to benefit from the extensive training and teaching opportunities that we offer and that they are in schools that are vastly experienced in supporting the delivery of our PGCE programme.

"I am so grateful for the sheer volume of people that I have been introduced to, and feel that I can call on for support as a result" PGCE 2016


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

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

As we are part of the Black Country Teaching School Collaborative ITT network, our student teachers have the opportunity to apply for the £2,000 Wesleyan Teaching Bursary. Details of this bursary are available from the Teaching School.

Our HEI partner (The University of Wolverhampton), also have a financial support system and details of this can be found at the address below.




For the School Direct Tuition Primary PGCE, you need the meet the following entry requirements:

  • a graduate degree ( 2:2 or higher) awarded by a higher education provider in England or Wales, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • GCSE grade 4/C or higher in English, mathematics and science( or a standard equivalent)
  • pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training course

You’ll need to book your tests with learndirect after you have paid and sent your application.

Personal qualities

We are looking for student teachers who are:

  • committed to transforming the lives of the pupils that they teach
  • genuinely passionate about working with young children and have the drive and ambition to be an outstanding, innovative practitioner
  • striving to inspire the children that they teach
  • aware of current educational issues

Time and time again, we find that the student teachers who stand out are those that have worked in, or undertaken voluntary experience in, a school.

"Help develop the future in your local area.Train with WTSA"

PGCE 2017

Other requirements

'Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility'

If you are offered a place on the PGCE programme, the University of Wolverhampton will apply for a DBS check ( Disclosure, Barring Service) on your behalf. This is a vital requirement for this programme.

For more information , please see:(

About the training provider

"A course that feels like you are part of a family"

PGCE 2018

Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance prides itself on its caring and nurturing approach to training our student teachers. You will become part of 'our family' of schools who all care passionately about the education and opportunities for the children in our area.We are an alliance of good and outstanding schools in Sandwell and Dudley and offer student teachers bespoke, personalised training and development throughout the year long PGCE programme.

As a Teaching School, we also have the flexibility to adapt and change the programme to respond to our student teachers’ specific needs and concerns. This is a unique feature of our PGCE programme and one that is consistently praised by our students.

"The WTSA programme is fantastic, well-organised and well-tailored

to the individual needs of everyone" PGCE 2017

Last year, 100% of our student teachers rated the course and support as outstanding. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have an extremely high pass and employment rate. Many of our graduates have chosen to work in the Sandwell area and benefit further from our Teaching School CPDL programme which ranges from PGCE programmes through to nationally recognised leadership qualifications.

"I've enjoyed being part of an amazing group of people who all help and support one another. I have had unconditional support from mentors, staff and the course lead. Thank You!" PGCE 2017

Make a difference with your career and train to be a teacher with WTSA

About the accredited provider

For our PGCE School Direct programme, Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance works in a very strong partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. This means that our student teachers will benefit from the expertise of a good HEI provider who knows the schools in our area really well. The University taught sessions are based at their Walsall campus which has a plethora of resources and facilities and is only approximately twenty minutes from the Teaching School base at Harvills Hawthorn. We work very closely together to develop and then deliver a programme that maximises the strengths and abundant resources of both partners.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance is a caring institution that aims to ensure that all provision, teaching, documentation, conditions and circumstances are presented in a way that is unbiased and which promotes harmony. We endeavour to ensure that where possible no-one is barred from accessing our PGCE programme for reasons of ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or race. All of our provision promotes and supports both the Teaching Schools and the University of Wolverhamptons Equality and Diversity Policies.To support this, all sites have wheelchair access and there are a variety of support and advice systems that the university can provide to support student teachers with their learning. This can be accessed via the Student Support and Wellbeing Team. Further details can be found at ( . We work closely with these support systems to ensure that our provision enables each of our student teachers to succeed and thrive.

Contact details

Harvills Hawthorn Primary School
Wolseley Road,
Hill Top
West Bromwich


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: 1R5
  • Training programme code: 253H

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
- Main Site Harvills Hawthorn Primary, Wolseley Road, Hill Top, West Bromwich B70 0NG

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