Primary with Woodrush Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: University of Birmingham

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

The primary course is designed in conjunction with local schools in our alliance partnership. The course combines the theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. It will look into the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, Maths, Science and ICT. School Direct provides hands on school-based learning that will develop analytic and reflective practitioners.

The course includes two placements at contrasting schools over two key stages. Training is coordinated by the School Direct 'Lead School' with a combination of observations, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions.

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Interview process

Application forms are considered by both the university and the individual schools involved with Woodrush Teaching School Alliance.

All successful applicants will have been interviewed and this will normally take place at Woodrush Teaching School Alliance. The University and Woodrush jointly design and manage the interview process with the school leading the process. Applicants that demonstrate professionalism, commitment, a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession, an awareness of the school in which they are intending to train, creativity, organisational skills and a clear recognition of the need to synthesise practical and academic learning through refection are most likely to succeed.

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How school placements work

We aim to place you at a school with the minimal travelling distance. You will have two placements at contrasting schools. For primary you will teach ages 3 to 11 and for secondary ages 11 to 18. Woodrush TSA partner with over twenty schools in and across the Midlands and these can all be found at [Woodrush TSA(

We have listed the locations that our partner schools will be running placements for the next year. You should indicate your preference of location on your application, this does not guarantee you will be placed at your preferred location. Throughout the year a schools staffing may change and therefore a school not listed may become available in your subject.

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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.



In order to apply for a place on Primary School Direct, you must have a UK undergraduate 2:1 degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. A 2.2 will be considered if the applicant has a wide variety of school experience.

A GCSE grade C/4 in English and Mathematics for those applying to teach secondary.

A GCSE grade C/4 in a Science as well as English and Mathematics if you are applying to teach primary.

It is a requirement that applicants have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

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Personal qualities

Successful School Direct students will be those that have a clear understanding of schools in England and of what good teaching involves

Recognise that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is fundamentally essential

Have a solid knowledge of their subject(s) and are always committed to further developing this knowledge base

Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their need and background

Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions

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Other requirements

If you studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

It is a requirement that applicants have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

About the training provider

Woodrush Teaching School Alliance is an excellent place to start your teaching career. We aim to develop outstanding practitioners who are creative, highly effective and exceed the professional standards. Educational theory, innovative research and outstanding pedagogy are the foundations of our highly successful training programme. This was recognised by Ofsted in 2013 Leaders' procedures to ensure that the quality of teaching continues to improve and to support those teachers new to the profession are exemplary. Staff work as a close effective team, sharing good practice and providing support for each other .

Woodrush High School, the lead in our teaching school alliance, is a consistently OFSTED Outstanding 11-18 school on the border of Birmingham and Worcestershire. We place an emphasis on ensuring all of our students achieve the qualifications, and equally important the life skills, to be successful in the world we live in. We have hardworking and well qualified staff who are dedicated to delivering an ever-changing curriculum in a vibrant and exciting way. The curriculum we offer is broad, balanced and inspires students to learn.

Woodrush works with over twenty schools both primary and secondary in and across the Midlands. In order to provide you with a variety of experience you will be placed at two schools with the alliance. These will be chosen based on your location.

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About the accredited provider

The University of Birmingham's School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education and has a history of top rated research.

Awards include being ranked 39th in the World and 10th in Europe in the 2018 QS World Rankings and rated 'outstanding' in their latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes. They also have the prestigious award of being ranked fifth for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2018.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, race, gender reassignment (maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the

same. Our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must nevertheless take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage which people may face,

Contact details

Shawhurst Lane
West Midlands
B47 5JW


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: 21T
  • Training programme code: 2JZF

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
G Coppice Primary School Coppice Primary School, Shawhurst Lane, Hollywood, Wythall B47 5JN
P Beaconside Primary School Hazel Road, Rubery, Birmingham B45 9DX
Q Holywell Primary School School Rd, Rubery, Birmingham B45 9EY
R Lickey Hills Primary School Old Birmingham Rd, Birmingham B45 8EU
D St Andrews CE First School Hewell Road, Barnt Green, Birmingham B45 8NG
H Hollywood Primary School Hollywood Primary School, Pickenham Road, 
, Birmingham B14 4TG
K FairField First School Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 9LZ
A Meadow Green Primary School Meadow Rd, Wythall, Worcestershire B47 6EQ

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