School Direct Tuition-Fee Route:

The WTSA offers the School Direct Tuition Fee Route, in conjunction with the awarding HEI. This route is similar to the one year Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), however it is school led rather than University led.

Your training will last one academic year and will be provided by the WTSA, the awarding HEI and our partner schools. You will be allocated an experienced mentor and will carry out two school placements in contrasting settings. This programme will enable you to be trained by our experts in ITT, as well as benefit from the academic rigour and expertise of the excellent staff at our partner universities.

Those on the Tuition Fee Route are expected to fund their training costs through the help of a student loan/bursary.

What qualifications will I have at the end of my training year?

You will have a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) including Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What to expect:

  • You will experience school life on the first day of the academic year in September. You will get to know your colleagues, school systems and students from day one.
  • You will receive training and support from the WTSA, the awarding HEI and our partner schools.
  • You will train in at least two of our Alliance schools, based on your specific needs and interests.
  • You will participate in four Alliance ‘Teaching and Learning Workshops’.
  • You will undertake the one day ‘Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service’ (CEOPS) training, leading to the CEOPS certificate.
  • You will participate in the Alliance ‘Peer Observation Programme’.
  • You will receive high quality mentoring and support.
  • You will participate in a dynamic and collaborative professional practice programme.
  • You will be guaranteed an interview for a position within an Alliance school at the end of your PGCE course; this will depend on successful completion of the PGCE and there being a vacancy.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 2:1 honours UK degree preferred or an approved non-UK qualification. 2:2 degree considered when an applicant has a Masters degree or can demonstrate substantial (2 years minimum) recent (within the last 18 months) experience.
  • GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above. If you are applying for a Primary place, you will also need to have achieved a GCSE at Grade C or above in a Science subject.
  • 2 weeks’ UK state mainstream school experience.
  • For fee purposes, you must be a HOME/EU applicant.

Further requirements:

  • You will need to have passed the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy, preferably before your interview.
  • If you have non-UK qualifications, you will need a ‘Statement of Comparability’ from NARIC, the national agency for providing information and advice on worldwide qualifications.

If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we would advise you to take a ‘Subject Knowledge Enhancement’ (SKE) course before starting your teacher training. You can only do this in certain subjects.