We are delighted to be able to offer a pathway for those wishing to train to teach in the Primary sector (age range 3-7 and 5-11)

Primary (3-7) course code – Y664

Primary (5-11) course code – 2Q8Z


Your training will carefully blend theory and practice, and will begin with a two-week intensive introduction to teaching and learning in the primary school. Following this, your weeks will be structured to include days delivered by outstanding practitioners developing a deeper understanding of key issues in the classroom and days immersed in school putting this theory into practice. You will complete placements in two of our carefully selected partner schools from across Solihull and South Warwickshire.

Qualifications Offered

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Qualified teacher status (QTS) is a legal requirement to teach in many English schools and is considered desirable for teachers in the majority of schools in England.

Get into Teaching explains teacher training routes to QTS for UK citizens.

The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) are responsible for awarding QTS. They also award QTS to qualified teachers outside England.

Schools where QTS is a legal requirement are referred to as maintained schools. Maintained schools are part of the state-funded school system in England – funding and oversight are generally provided by the local authority.

They include:

  • community schools or voluntary controlled schools (where the local authority employs the school’s staff and is responsible for admissions)
  • foundation and voluntary-aided schools (where the school’s governing body employs the staff and is responsible for admissions)

You must also have QTS to teach in a non-maintained special school.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

As part of developing into a creative, reflective and adaptive practitioner, you will also have the opportunity to undertake learning at Masters level (leading to 60 credits). This will involve engaging in Action Research about what works in the classroom, and will complement your day to day work as you progress through the year. At the end of the course you will not only be awarded a PGCE but you will also work towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and with your 60 Masters level credits, you will be ready to embark on a long and fulfilling career.

Entry Criteria

As a minimum requirement, you must hold an initial degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution (or equivalent qualification). We would expect this degree to be at least at Second Class level. All applicants must have a standard equivalent to grade 4 in GCSE English, Maths and a Science. The applications process is completed through DfE Apply.