Arden Alliance
Art and Design (37PX)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
August 2020

About the course

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Interview process

You will be asked to attend the school in which you plan to train for interview/assessment. The process takes a couple of hours and includes a 30 minute literacy/numeracy task; 20-25 minute "micro-lesson" and formal interview. The purpose of the micro-lesson is to see how you interact with students. The formal interview will be with a member of the Teaching School team, usually one of the Co-heads, and the Head of Department for whatever subject you are interested in teaching.

We will inform you of the outcome of your interview within 24 hours.

How school placements work

Trainees spend 4 days a week in school and 1 day at The University of Warwick.

You will spend 1 week in a primary school setting and a half-term (usually in the Spring Term) in an alternative secondary setting.

We have 6 secondary schools and 4 primary schools within our Alliance and your placement will be in one of our own partner schools. For information regarding our partners, please visit our website - (


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.

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



  • GCSE Grade A-C Maths, English
  • Degree in the subject you wish to teach), minimum classification 2:2

If your degree is not in the subject you wish to teach we will look at degree course content; it is likely that you will need to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course. We will assess this on a case by case basis.

If your degree was taken some years ago, it is likely that you will be required to do a SKE Course. Again, this will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Personal qualities

  • Dedication
  • Resilience
  • Strong communicator
  • Passion for your subject
  • Ability to instill confidence
  • Patience
  • Excellent planning

About the training provider

Training To Teach with Arden Teaching School Alliance…

• Arden TS Alliance is a made up of a group of Primary and Secondary schools predominately based in Solihull

• We work with the University of Warwick, a highly prestigious Russell Group University, who have been graded ‘outstanding’ in all categories of their teacher training provision

Why Train With Us?

• You will be trained by outstanding practitioners

• We provide a highly personalised and targeted approach to draw upon your existing strengths and facilitate a plan to improve areas for development

• There will be a focus on subject pedagogy which results in high-calibre trainees who are very well prepared to meet the learning needs of their students

• You will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a requirement to teach in the state school system as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), along with the academic qualification of a PGCE

• Our Alliance Days are designed to complement the training provided by the University of Warwick and are bespoke to the needs of all trainees year on year

What sets the Arden Alliance apart is our commitment to rigorous and supportive training that develops you as an individual to be a well-rounded member of the teaching profession and enhances your future employability. Our delivery of subject specific pedagogy by outstanding teachers in their field is unique and research shows that this is the most effective form of professional development.

About the accredited body

The University of Warwick is a top-ranked university, with Ofsted Outstanding teacher education courses. If you study there, you will become a confident teacher, able to make a real difference to young people's development. You will see learners engaging in active and independent learning, and they will develop their knowledge and grow into young adults under your care.

They will provide you with the skills needed to forge a strong personal and professional identity, which you will continue to develop throughout your career.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Arden Teaching School Alliance and The University of Warwick welcomes candidates with disabilities and under the Disability Discrimination Act. Those candidates who disclose their disability have the right to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to train to teach.

Contact details

Arden Academy
Station Road
West Midlands
B93 0PT


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: 2BU
  • Training programme code: 37PX

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
Alderbrook Secondary School
Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1SN
Yes A
Park Hall Academy
Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham B36 9HF
Yes B

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