ConnectEd Partnership
History (AW61)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
Financial support
Bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

This course is offered through the School Direct Tuition route in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. You will be employed as a full-time member of staff, subject to employment regulations and attend training sessions with theoretical underpinning. Whilst training you will usually receive, from your employing school an unqualified teacher's salary. Successful completion of this route will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 40 credits at Master’s level that can be used towards our Masters degree in education.

This year long, full-time course will train you to teach secondary school pupils aged 11-18. (120 days in school; 50 days approx at university)

The course structure includes a block placement in the Autumn Term, with university based professional development days each week. This is followed by a second placement in a partner school in the Spring Term, which includes 1 week in a partner primary school.

During your training you will spend the majority of your time in your placement school, during which time you will be required to teach across two different key stages.

Student teachers will be assessed throughout the year by a university based tutor alongside the school based professional tutor and subject mentor (School based tutor).

This will be through formal professional development and learning activities, school based core written tasks and lesson observations.Student teachers will meet weekly with their school based tutor and engage in a programme of school based training alongside the university training.

A record of professional development will be completed across the year as a formative and summative record of a student teacher's progress towards the Teachers' Standards.

Interview process

The interview/ assessment process will be jointly led by the University of Wolverhampton and colleagues from the ConnectEd School Direct Secondary Partnership and will comprise a subject knowledge activity to assess subject proficiency with a group of young people, followed by a formal interview.

How school placements work

Student teachers will complete a total of 2 school placements across the year. The main block placement will take place in Aldersley High School with a second placement in at Highfields Secondary School.

The schools are situated within 5 miles of each other to the north and south of Wolverhampton.

The primary placement week will take place in a local partnership school.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Applicants must hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar . They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees.

GCSE requirements:

To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics

Please note – You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.

Personal qualities

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

*A love of their subject and motivation to enthuse others

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

*A positive attitude towards working with children and young people

*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

*A desire to make a difference to Wolverhampton children's futures

About the training provider

ConnectEd Partnership is a unique partnership of over 100 schools, mainly based in Wolverhampton that have come together to share skills, experience and capacity to improve learning outcomes and achievements of our children and young people in their schools.(Please see ConnectEd Partnership's website for a list of partnership schools)

ConnectEd is a school direct provider who works in close strategic partnership with the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham City University to offer the best possible teacher training experience. Broadmeadow Special School is the designated lead school for ConnectEd that recruits high quality ITT trainees on behalf of partnership schools, in addition to supporting the training and development of the students.

Successful trainees following the Primary Programme will carry out their placements in partnership schools that have the capacity,expertise and proven track record in training students to become effective teachers.

ConnectEd's secondary school direct programme is currently a partnership between Highfields Secondary School, Aldersley High School and the University of Wolverhampton.

Due to the extensive nature of our partnership, ConnectEd can offer a wide range and breadth of experience to ITT students. For example our Special schools will offer support and training to trainees wishing to specialise in working with children and young people with Special Education and Disabilities.

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 Suite
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: AW61

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Aldersley High School
Barnhurst Lane, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV8 1RT
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