President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance
Psychology (AW87)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020

About the course

The course is School Direct training. You will spend 80% of your time in school, with some time at your training provider. President Kennedy consists of an alliance of over 16 primary and secondary schools, across a wide geographic area; South Birmingham, Hinckley, Coventry and Warwick. The Alliance will endeavour to allocate school placements located most conveniently to the residence of the trainee.

As a trainee teacher, you will be mentored by experienced staff, initially observing and gradually increasing teaching responsibilities. A great amount learning of takes place through pedagogy in the classroom, however theory sessions will also provide the academic foundation necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the role of a teacher. We look to support, challenge and nurture you through the year.

There is also a strong possibility that trainees will be offered a position at their school at the end of the training year, or within the President Kennedy School Teaching Alliance.

Interview process

The interview process consists of a tour of the school and meetings with colleagues. You will also be given, prior to the interview, a topic and details on the class concerned, on which to base a 30 minute micro lesson to teach to a class of students. There will then be an interview with the leadership of the Teaching School.

The micro teaching task is designed to give trainees an opportunity to demonstrate their wider skills, attitude, aptitude and resilience that can be developed over the training year, rather than assess specific teaching ability at this stage.

How school placements work

President Kennedy consists of an alliance of over 16 primary and secondary schools, across a wide geographic area; South Birmingham, Hinckley, Coventry and Warwick. The Alliance will endeavour to allocate school placements located most conveniently to the residence of the trainee.

80% of the trainee's timetable will be in the placement school, with some time at university. There will be a complementary placement during the Spring Term, lasting approximately 6 weeks. You will be given the opportunity to visit this school prior to the placement to meet key colleagues.

You will slowly take over a varied timetable, different year groups and abilities. A range of class teachers will be on hand to support you with your subject mentor being your consistent and constant guide.

We offer twilight bespoke training sessions to allow you to reach your potential.


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

When you start your non-salaried teacher training, you won’t have to pay the cost of tuition fees up front. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full cost of your course, which is paid directly to your training provider from Student Finance England. Tuition Fee Loans aren't means tested, so regardless of your household income you should be able to claim the full amount for your course fees.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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



Entry requirements: Undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, grade C or new grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths (or B if applying in Wales).

If your degree does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may be required to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

A new approach for assessing numeracy and literacy will be delivered by training providers if you start teacher training in 2020. This will involve the provider assuring that you have the fundamental English and mathematics skills to become a teacher either at interview or during the training course.

About the training provider

The President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance (PKTSA) is committed to recruiting and training outstanding, enthusiastic individuals, passionate about becoming outstanding teachers. With our partner schools we cover a wide area of the West Midlands; Worcestershire, South Birmingham, Hinckley, Coventry and Warwickshire. This geographical diversity provides opportunity for trainees to experience teaching in a wide variety of settings.

There are a range of schools in diverse contexts, including OFSTED 'Outstanding Providers', a 'World Class School' and another that has been awarded 'Transforming' status by the SSAT within the Framework for Exceptional Education.

PKTSA seeks to 'Build Brighter Futures Together'. Our values are based on the core principles of 'Students First; No Barriers; It's About Learning'. Our Initial Teacher Training provision was identified as ‘Outstanding’ by Warwick University in 2017 and our ITT Director, Aidan Jenkins, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship within the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick in recognition of his partnership work over a number of years.

During your training you will have specialist help from our Professional and Subject Mentors and develop your practical skills in the classroom, whilst gaining a theoretical understanding of teaching and learning. There will also be a complementary placement at one of our alliance schools.

On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and 60 Masters credits.

Please visit our website: PRESIDENTKENNEDYTSA.CO.UK

Training with disabilities and other needs

President Kennedy School moved into a brand new school building in 2017. The school encompasses many features that will improve the accessibility of disabled staff and students to access the curriculum, together with the physical environment to take better advantage of the education, benefits, facilities and services the school offers.

We are a fully inclusive mainstream school and we strive to ensure that all staff and students achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum. Skills, resources and techniques we employ in order to achieve this are continually being developed and will be used to modify our provision to meet the changing requirements for individual colleagues.

Contact details

President Kennedy TSA
Rookery Lane
West Midlands


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2KR
  • Training programme code: AW87

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
Main Site
Rookery Lane, Coventry, West Midlands CV6 4GL
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