Washwood Heath School Direct
History (3BSQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Birmingham
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Students on School Direct primary routes at schools partnered with the University of Birmingham will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master's level. Students on the secondary programmes undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master's level.

Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies.

Interview process

Interviews will usually be held at Washwood Heath Academy and may involve Academy staff and University of Birmingham representative. The interview will consist of subject knowledge test, classroom based task and a panel interview.

How school placements work


Successful applicants will be based in a lead school. There will also be a second placement in one of our partner schools.


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’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • GCSE Mathematics and English at grade 4 or equivalent.
  • Minimum 2:2 classification degree with at least 50% in History or a closely related subject.
  • Graduates with degrees in Politics, International Relations, Archaeology, Economics, American and Canadian Studies and Art History are also invited to apply.

Personal qualities

Experience with children, a genuine passion for teaching and a commitment to high standards.

About the training provider

Washwood Heath Academy is a large all -through school in the Stechford area of Birmingham. We are part of Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust and are committed to quality continued professional development.



About the accredited body

'The global University at the heart of an ambitious city'

Secondary school direct applicants will study for the academic award of PGDip & QTS.


Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates are invited to disclose any special requirements prior to attending possible interview.

Contact details

Burney Lane
West Midlands
B8 2AS


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