Welcome to The West Midlands Consortium

Train to teach

Train to Teach drop-in event to be held at Thomas Telford school on Wednesday 24 October between 5-6pm.

Primary and Secondary School Centred Initial Teacher Training

To become a great teacher it’s vital to choose the right course. You only train once, so train with West Midlands Consortium; an organisation that has a proven track record of success and innovation.

Reasons to train with West Midlands Consortium:

  • We have been training teachers in the West Midlands for over 20 years
  • We are a consortium of Partner Schools led by Thomas Telford School, an Outstanding National Teaching School and one of the top performing schools in England
  • Our PGCE courses include 60 Masters Credits
  • School Direct Salaried & School Direct Training courses
  • We work closely with Staffordshire University, an Outstanding University
  • Our success rate speaks for itself

Which Teacher Training Route is Right for You?

There are many things that you need to consider when deciding which schools and/or universities you want to apply to train with. The table below will help you to find out what each postgraduate teacher training route has to offer.

 
University-Led Training
School-Led Training
School-Led Salaried Training
 
University
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
School Direct Training Programme
School Direct (Salaried)
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship
You could get a tax-free bursary of £26k to train as a teacher*?
x
x
x
 
 
Employed during training and salary paid
 
 
 
x
x
Fees payable by applicant
x
x
x
**
**
Minimum of 24 weeks spent in two schools
x
x
x
x
x
In school from day one
 
x
x
x
x
Ideal if you’re already working at, or have an existing relationship, with a school
 
 
 
x
x
Awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
x
x
x
x
x
Opportunity to achieve a postgraduate qualification
x
X***
X***
X***
X***


*Bursaries are available for trainees on a non-salaried teacher training course in England. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class. See education.gov.uk/teachpgfunding for further details. With or without a bursary, you could receive a tuition fee and maintenance loan to help fund your training.

**On the School Direct (salaried) and the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship course, you won’t pay fees to cover the cost of training to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, you should enquire with the school whether you would be expected to pay for any academic qualifications such as PGCE.

***Most school-led providers also offer the chance for you to achieve a postgraduate qualification, such as PGCE. Check with the provider before you apply.

Courses by Subject

PGCE
(Including School Direct Training)
2018/19

School Direct Salaried

2018/19

Secondary
PE

Art &
Design

Design &
Technology

Mathematics
 

Primary
 

Biology
 

English
 

Modern
Languages

Secondary PE
with EBacc 

Business
Studies

Geography
 

Music
 

Secondary
Dance 

Chemistry
 

Health &
Social Care

Physics
 

 

Computer
Science

History
 

RE
 

2019 Course Status

To apply to the West Midlands Consortium for courses starting in September 2019, please use the UCAS Teacher Training Portal which opens on 9 October 2018. If you would like to discuss what options are available to you or would like to book an informal chat with a Course Leader, please contact us.

Excellence in Mathematics

Apply via the UCAS Teacher Training Portal from 9 October 2018.

For PGCE and School Direct Courses search for training provider code: W53 (West Midlands Consortium)

 

Equal Opportunities

The West Midlands Consortium is committed to equality of opportunity in its selection and training of student teachers. We strive to support all students equally, irrespective of subject area and individual background. Feedback from our students has indicated this as one of the West Midlands Consortium's many strengths. Please click here to view our policy on diversity, race and Equal Opportunities.

Train to teach

Train to Teach drop-in event to be held at Thomas Telford school on Wednesday 24 October between 5-6pm.

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Apply

To apply to the West Midlands Consortium, please use the UCAS ITT application system which will be available from 9 October 2018. For more information see the application section of our website.

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Contact us to arrange an informal chat about your route into teaching

Want to know more?

If you are not sure that you are eligible to start teacher training, or which course is right for you, visit our guide to teacher training courses or contact us for more information.

The Department of Education's "Get Into Teaching" portal can be found here and you can watch their advertisment video here.