Our aim is to train individuals to be outstanding teachers, with a specialism for pupils in the 11-16 age range. Trainees will also have the opportunity to improve their subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills, through a range of methods engaging in classroom work with individuals, small groups and whole classes and placements with our partner schools.

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

Subject Course Codes:

  • Computing 2XH5
  • English QXXX
  • Geography 2JSC
  • History V11X
  • Maths GX11
  • Modern Languages R9X1
  • Physical Education 2JSF
  • Science Y779
  • Science – Biology CX11
  • Science – Chemistry F2X1
  • Science – Physics F3X2


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, and Maths. The applications process is completed through DfE Apply.