Train to be a Teacher

Make the most of your degree by taking the highly successful PGCE Lead School Partner route towards qualified teacher status.  Our one year teacher training programme is both based and fully delivered in Telford. As a trainee on the STSA programme you spend at least 24 weeks of the 39 based in school and as a consequence will be highly employable by the end of the year.

We provide two routes into teaching:

  • Primary (4 to 11 year olds)
  • Early Years (3 to 7 year olds)

Graduates must have, or be on track to gain at least a 2:2 degree to apply.  If you are yet to undertake a degree various levels of funding are available to support part time study, in the same way that full time students get support – you need to investigate this with providers, but a degree may be more accessible than you think!  Applicants also need to hold GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) in English, Maths & Science 4-9 (A-C), or be in the process of pursuing these qualifications at the time of application.

The University of Chester provides the academic aspects of our programme and as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will award you the internationally recognised Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) on successful completion of the course.  All academic modules are delivered either virtually or in Telford.

There may be bursaries & grants available to help support you through the one year programme. A number of trainee teachers receive further grants and loans, details of which can be accessed through the ‘Student Finance‘ website.

A student loan is available for all participants to cover tuition fees, this doesn’t have to be repaid until you are earning a salary.

On completion of one of our programmes you will be a fully qualified teacher.  We have a high percentage of trainee teachers who secure jobs before the end of the course each year, and an increasing number of our alumni remain in Telford progressing to middle and senior leader roles.

Teaching within our Alliance means that you will have the opportunity to work in a Telford school or Early Years setting, alongside outstanding practitioners. Telford primary/EY schools are recognised for their high quality provision and professionalism, most primary/EY schools are graded outstanding or good by Ofsted.

Are you interested in a Special School placement? STSA is able to offer a limited number of training placements in Special Schools. If you are keen to find out more about experiencing an extensive placement in a Special School you are encouraged to show an expression of interest either during your initial conversations with us, or at your face to face interview day.

Our courses have one annual intake each September.  Applications and expressions of interest are accepted throughout the year, and information sessions take place frequently.  For further details please contact us directly –