ConnectEd Partnership
Primary (2QSL)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
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

Course Structure:

Up to 80 days faculty-based training (face to face or directed study)

Up to 120 days school-based training and experience (practising and school staff led)

Time in school will be sub-divided into: School based training – non-assessed

School based training – assessed practise

There are Four Assessed Modules:

*Core Curriculum worth 20 Credits at Level 7

Assessment:- 1 x 3000 word equivalent

*Foundation Curriculum worth 20 Credits at Level 7

Assessment: 1 x 3000 words equivalent

*Professional Studies and Leadership worth 20 Credits at Level 7

Assessment: 1 x 3000 words equivalent

*School Based Training 1 &2

Assessment: Pass/Fail - Successful Practice & Standards Met

Depending on your specific qualifications and background, the Professional Studies and Leadership module gives you an opportunity to specialise in a particular area. For example:







*Foreign Languages



*Religious Education

*Early Years (Birth – 7)

*Physical Education

*Design & Technology

Interview process

The Assessment session will include the following:

  • A General Knowledge (Curriculum Knowledge) Test

*This will assess the breadth of knowledge that the government and the university acknowledge is vital for primary teachers who teach across the curriculum.

*All questions relate either directly or indirectly to Primary Education and the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 &2.

*The test covers a wide range of areas of the curriculum including mathematics, English, science, geography, history, music, art, PE and RE.

*A group discussion

This will assess understanding of some issues surrounding primary education and the challenges and rewards of working with children. This will also assess communication and interpersonal skills.

*A written task

This will assess your understanding of an issue within primary education. This will also assess written English.

*One to one interview

This will enable candidates to draw on personal experiences to demonstrate understanding of primary education, the role of the teacher and their attitudes towards children.

*Observation of teaching

How school placements work

School Experience 1 is in the autumn term, you will complete preliminary visits and a block placement. This placement will develop your understanding of the range of teaching, learning and professional skills as outlined in the Teachers’ Standards (DFE, 2012) in the context of one to one and small/focus group teaching building up to taking more responsibility for whole class teaching. You will be summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

School Experience 2

For some School Direct trainees, placement 2 will be in a different school but you will return to your first school for placement 2. Your School Direct partnership will organise your placements but we will have an overview of where your training is taking place.

Part 2a is in the spring term, you will complete preliminary visits and a block placement. You will work with children and small groups identified by school data to support ‘closing the gap’ targets and will teach all core subjects and a selection of foundation subjects. You may also undertake some whole class teaching. You will be formatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

Part 2b is in the summer term and will be in the same school as Part 2a. You will complete preliminary visits and a block placement. You will start with a minimum teaching commitment of 60%, building up to 80% of the timetable by the mid-point. This placement will be summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

Where are the schools?

Our region covers all of Wolverhampton.

You will be aware of the schools which work within your School Direct partnership and your placements will be arranged accordingly.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,200
EU students £9,200

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Entry requirements

In addition to trainees having the drive, passion, enthusiasm and commitment to

education and young people, the following criteria applies to the School Direct routes:

Degree or equivalent - All applicants must hold a first degree with a minimum of 2.2 classification or equivalent.

GCSEs - GCSE English, Maths and Science - grade C or above or their equivalent on enrolment

Other Entry Requirements - All candidates are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests. BCU offers support for the skills tests.

Personal qualities

The interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a range of qualities which will include:

*A commitment, and understanding of primary education and the role of the teacher

*A positive attitude towards children and to working with children

*Ability to self-evaluate, to problem solve and to show resilience

*Ability to build relationships quickly, to value others and to get the best out of them

*Good general knowledge and clear, accurate spoken and written English

Other requirements

How we select our Trainees

The selection process includes a collaborative approach between BCU and ConnectEd

Partnership TSA. Candidates will be assessed on:

Personal and Professional Qualities

Ability to work at Masters Level

Evidence that prospective trainee has been observed in a primary teaching situation and demonstrated to the satisfaction of an experienced teacher/headteacher that they have potential to be successful

A broad range of subject knowledge, especially in English, mathematics and science

The ability to engage in professional discussion and debate on current issues

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral forms

About the training provider

ConnectEd Partnership is a unique partnership of over 100 Wolverhampton schools across all phases that have come together to share skills, experience, talent and capacity to improve learning outcomes and achievements of our children and young people.

We are passionate about developing future leaders and believe that School Direct offers a unique opportunity for trainees to learn and develop in our schools.

Within the Partnership we have a range of expertise in teacher training and development having delivered the school direct programme successfully for 2 years. Our experienced and highly valued practitioners will provide high quality training and mentoring to our students and will ensure you are supported every step of the way.

ConnectEd Partnership works in close partnership with providers to offer the best possible teacher training experience. We specialise in supporting primary and special school teacher trainees and our strong partnership represents a mixture of all phase, academy, free and maintained schools. Through the training year we make full use of the strengths of our partnership schools and offer trainees access to a wide range of experiences across a number of partner schools.

The school direct programme offers trainees a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best teachers whilst also being supported academically by university staff.

About the accredited body


Training with disabilities and other needs

ConnectEd's School Direct Route is fully accessible to all and will make reasonable adjustments where required.

Contact details

01902 290152
ConnectEd Partnership
Berrybrook Education and Business S
Greenacres Avenue
VV10 8NZ


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