Primary with ConnectEd Partnership 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

Trainee teachers undertaking the School Direct route will be expected to complete two successful placements in different schools at different key stages. They will be required to complete a Record of Professional Development (RoPD) to evidence meeting standards.

Placement One preparation days will be during the 1st week in October; this will be an opportunity for the trainee teacher to get to know the children, school policies including Safeguarding and to complete school-based tasks.

Trainee teachers will have the opportunity to further consolidate their experience in a range of settings by undertaking a two-week placement in an alternative setting.

During Placement Two, the trainee teachers should build up to teaching 70% of a full timetable. This 70% may consist of teaching the whole class, groups and 1:1 within the class in the first week, however trainee teachers will need to move towards taking the full role of the class teacher as soon as the Mentor feels they are ready.

Trainee teachers will have the opportunity to further consolidate their experience in a range of settings by undertaking a two-week placement in an alternative setting.

Trainee teachers will undertake immersion days across a variety of settings that may include; an outstanding school, a special school, a school with a high number of families in receipt of pupil premium and a school with a high population of children for whom English is an additional language.

There are 3 modules of study in addition to the 2 school based placements:

  • Primary Professional Studies

This module introduces trainee teachers to a range of educational issues that are generic to primary teaching, for example, documentation and practices relating to the Every Child Matters agenda, the current primary curriculum and the legal responsibilities of teachers.

  • Core Curriculum and Enhancement

This module covers areas such as the aims, principles and design of the English, maths,science, design & technology & ICT curriculum.

  • The Wider Curriculum

This module aims to introduce students to wider areas of learning: art, music, drama, geography, history, modern foreign languages, PE, computing, RE and PSHE.

How school placements work

You will have 2 school placements in contrasting key stages.

You will be placed in schools who are highly experienced in school direct training.


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.

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 University of Wolverhampton 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 provider


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


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: 27U
  • Training programme code: 3BP4

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 Lansdowne Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4AL

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