Training at Waverley


We consider applications on a case-by-case basis, but all applicants must have, or achieve by the start of the course, certain qualifications as detailed below.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes are additional courses funded by the DfE to support with gaps in subject knowledge for secondary subjects (subject to DfE confirmation in late autumn 2020 for the PGCE cohort 2021-22),

Please see below.

Qualifications – secondary PGCE

You need to have, or achieve by the start of the course, the following qualifications:

  • A degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or equivalent qualification. This will usually be second class honours or above.
  • At least 50% of your degree content will usually be in the subject* that you wish to teach.
  • GCSE in English language at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualification.
  • GCSE in Maths at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualification.

* Subject knowledge in secondary is very important, but it is possible in some subjects for us to make an offer even where there is a subject knowledge deficit (see below). If you are a native speaker of French, Spanish or Urdu and you will train to teach this language, your degree can be in any subject.

Subject knowledge enhancement (secondary)

Should you have significant subject knowledge in biology, design and technology, English, maths, physics, chemistry, computing, geography or a language (French, Spanish) but it is not equivalent to 50% of a degree, we may be able to make a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme a condition of an offer of a PGCE place. SKE provision and funding for the 2021-22 cohort is under review and subject to DfE confirmation in late autumn 2020. We will look at post-16 qualifications and work experience as well as your degree transcript/modules when making judgements. Please note that you cannot apply for an SKE until you have accepted a PGCE offer which has SKE as a condition (length of the programme is specified in the offer). You may wish to contact us in advance of submitting an application. See the Get into teaching website for more information.

Personal qualities

You need a passion for teaching and developing young people. You will want to make a difference in some of the most socio-economically deprived areas of Birmingham. You will have excellent communication skills and be reflective, able to respond positively to feedback and learn from your mistakes. We are looking for resilience, trainees who can both work hard and keep trying when things do not go to plan. We need team players, willing to support others – and to be supported. You need to be organised and highly professional at all times. And you need to enjoy learning yourself!

School Experience

We do not require school experience for applications to our programme. However, we would recommend that you spend at least one day in a secondary school before you apply. Not only will this give you a better understanding of schools and teaching and learning to feed into the application and interview process; you will also be more sure whether teaching as a career is for you. We participate in the Get School Experience service to offer opportunities to eligible candidates for this purpose.

Other requirements

The requirements below need to be met by successful applicants following acceptance of our offer:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
  • Fitness to Teach process.