Course Content

Our Secondary Subjects courses awards you a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  This year we are offering courses in  Physics (2J4P), Mathematics (2J4X) , English (2J4W) , Chemistry (2J4Q)  and Biology (2T42).

Under the School Direct programme, we are working with South Birmingham SCITT., who have been training teachers for 18 years. As a collaboration, we are a truly school led route into teaching

Trainee Teachers will be coached and mentored by outstanding teachers, senior leaders in education and university colleagues and will benefit from expertise from across the Alliance. Full training is given to Daily Trainers and Lead Trainers to ensure they can offer the best support and guidance during the school placements.

This course commences in September 2021 and will run until July 2022. It is a  full time course  and follows the academic school year

 1 day a week will be spent in Professional Studies training either at The South Birmingham SCITT (Solihull Sixth Form) or  Birmingham City University. 4 days are spent in school. 

Remote learning using Microsoft Teams with full support from trained teachers



Professional Studies includes subject pedagogy, research and reflective practice, routines and behaviour, teaching and learning strategies, meeting all children's needs, the importance of assessment, understanding of the wider educational context

Weekly reflection of teaching practice collates evidence against the Teacher Standards to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

4 Research assignments - 3000 words each - due in November, February, May and October

There's extra financial support available if you're a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability. The support listed here doesn't have to be paid back. Click on the link below for further information:


Successful Completion

All our School Direct courses last one academic year starting in early September to July. On successful completion of the course, you will have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with 80 Level 7 Masters credits. This will work towards a Masters in Teaching and Learning (this is more than a PGCertEd)


Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

 GCSE English and Maths  - Grade C/ Grade 4 or above or their equivalent. You can apply if do not have the necessary GCSE's - it will form part of your conditional offer to have passed the exam by September 2021

Preferred Degree Classification

Degree classification 1, 2:1, 2:2 and 3. As a guide we would expect to see 50% of your degree and/or the A levels that you took to be relevant to the subject in which you are applying. A degree in a relevant subject, from a recognised UK higher education institution, or an equivalent.

The Professional Skills Tests 

These are no longer required for teacher training. We will base line test you at certain points during the course in Numeracy and Literacy during the programme. Full support will be given to close any gaps

School Experience -we can help !

If you are considering teaching as a career, it would be advantageous to experience  life in school. Our highly commended School Experience programme is on online via Zoom. With the restrictions on external visitors into school due to covid 19, all our school experience sessions will be online for the foreseeable future

Disclosure and Barring Service

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of all Safeguarding procedures.

Fitness to Teach

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of an Occupational Health Check to satisfy the requirements for Fitness to Teach. We endeavor to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.


Candidates should have the ability to travel to and from our partner schools and university.


How to Apply

Apply through UCAS for Teacher Training  programmes in England and Wales

  • Course Provider Code: 19Q
  • Physics - 2J4P
  • Mathematics - 2J4X
  • Chemistry - 2J4Q
  • Biology - 2T42
  • English - 2J4W


Course Fees

  • This is a fee paying route. Fees are £9250. 3 installments in line with student finance