'PGCE with QTS' - Applications

The Lion Alliance is a partnership of Primary and Secondary schools based around Coventry and Warwickshire who are looking to recruit high quality graduates into the teaching profession. You can find information on each of our partner schools on the 'our strategic partners' page.

We are currently offering the following course structures:

- School Direct - PGCE with QTS (unsalaried)*

*Please note: all of our PGCE with QTS places are 'School Direct Tuition'  (SDT) where you must pay tuition to one of our university partners.


You can also find a wealth of information on applying for teaching training and more on the 'Get Into Teaching' website.

Entry Requirements & Eligibility - UK Applicants

The Lion Alliance aligns all of its entry requirements with each of our partner universities. This means they may differ slightly depending on which university provider you are applying through.



- 2:2 UK Honours or above in your first degree (or equivalent qualifications) in the stated subject you're applying for*.
- C Grade UK GCSE or above in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications).

(The new grading system for those receiving their results for GCSE was adopted in 2017. The grading system is now 9-1, with Grade 9 awarded to those students in the very top tier. Grade 4 is considered equivalent to the old Grade C.)

*Please note: normally, a significant proportion of your degree must be in the chosen subject, however if your degree is not in the stated subject but you have significant modules related to it this may still be accepted. In this case we may ask to see a transcript of your degree modules to determine eligibility. If your degree does not have any links to the subject you have applied to you may still be eligible if you have an A level in the subject. We would look for this to be a B grade or higher and you may need to complete a SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course to supplement your knowledge.


- 2:2 UK Honours or above in your first degree (or equivalent qualifications).
- C Grade UK GCSE or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent qualifications).

(The new grading system for those receiving their results for GCSE was adopted in 2017. The grading system is now 9-1, with Grade 9 awarded to those students in the very top tier. Grade 4 is considered equivalent to the old Grade C.)


On application we would expect you to hold the above qualifications with the exception of a degree as we understand that applicants may be on a university course when applying for our PGCE with QTS courses.
(Other qualifications may be eligible as equivalent by our partner universities; this will not be determined by us and if you hold a different qualification we can check this with them on your behalf).

If your application with us is successful, when we meet with you in person you will be expected to present physical copies of your qualification certificates. These are your proof of attainment and if you do not have copies of these you risk not being admitted to the course.

Please note: as part of the application process you will also be required to complete a Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Further details will be provided at that time.

Entry Requirements & Eligibility - International Applicants

If you are an overseas student you will need to have qualifications that meet the requirements in the section above - 'Entry Requirements & Eligibility - UK Applicants'.

Each of our partner universities deem different international qualifications to be eligible and we thoroughly advise that if you are unsure your qualifications are deemed as equivalent that you contact your chosen university provider directly to confirm this before applying.

Our partner universities may also offer equivalency tests in English and Mathematics for international applicants (PGCE with QTS Secondary only) who are unable to show evidence of equivalent qualifications gained outside of the UK. These are to satisfy the requirements at UK GCSE level for the subjects above.

SKE - Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

If you have a degree in the subject that you are applying to train to teach in but you gained it over 5 years ago, you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course to supplement your subject knowledge.

If you do not have a relevant related degree in the subject you are applying to train to teach in but have an A Level in the subject, you will be required to complete a SKE course (if available) as part of any offer to train with us that you may receive.

Further information on Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses can be found on the 'Get Into Teaching' and 'GOV.UK' websites.

How to Apply

Once you are confident you have satisfied the entry requirements for our courses you can then start working on your application. Below you will find some helpful links and information to consider to help you apply for our PGCE with QTS courses.

Please note our provider details are: 1K1 - The Lion Alliance

You can see our full range of courses that we offer and our current vacancies on the GOV.UK 'Find Postgraduate Teacher Training' website by using the provider details above.

DfE Apply

We accept applications through the 'DfE Apply' service.

This is the governments new teacher training application portal that was introduced in 2020 to simplify the application process and provide you with an improved, central service for getting into teaching.

Things to think about when applying...

Ensure you include all qualification information on your application, including:
- GCSE English Language, Literature, Maths and Science
- A level Qualifications
- Degree and Module Information

It is important that there are no breaks in your employment history. As much time as possible must be accounted for otherwise this may delay your application being processed.

Provide professional references from previous teaching or work based roles/experience, or from educational contacts where possible. These are really useful to help us see your personal motivation and personality through the eyes of others.

Within any personal statements it is important to include information about:


- Why do you want to teach?
- Why is working with young people important to you?
- Why is the 'School Direct' route into teaching your preferred choice?


- How do your qualifications and their content link to your chosen curriculum subject and its teaching?
- What experience do you have teaching in a school or other environment and what you have learned from this? (consider the school you are applying to; what relevance does your experience have in their context?)
- What other relevant experience do you have that demonstrates your skills (don't forget that information about any wider experience working with young people such as sports coaching, uniformed organisations, youth work or mentoring is just as valuable)


- What are your personal strengths that will support you in teaching? (Make sure you give examples of where you have demonstrated these strengths).
- What areas of improvement have you identified about yourself?


- How would you be able to contribute to your chosen school?


Ensure you carefully proof read your application to check for any errors in spelling or punctuation.

Preparing for the Lesson Task

As part of your interview, you'll be asked to prepare a 15min lesson on a particular topic. We understand you are not yet a trained teacher so really this is an opportunity for you to showcase your subject knowledge alongside your understanding of teaching approaches. Some key points to consider when planning:


Although only 15mins long, you should consider how you'll start the lesson. Ideally you want something to really 'hook' students and engage their curiosity in the topic. You'll then want to make sure you make the learning objectives clear, highlighting the most powerful knowledge and crucial vocabulary.


Your main activity(ies) ideally would be a combination of some teacher-talk outlining key points, this may include modelling a process ('I do') followed by a worked example as a group ('We do') and culminating in some independent practice ('You do').


To end your short session, you need to consider how you will gather information about student learning. Consider how best to gauge this for for the whole class as it would inform your next steps or lessons.

Of course, there won't be 'real' students in front of you so make it very clear in your lesson plan what students would be doing at each stage. If you'd ask them questions or to move into groups or come to the front of the room, etc. just make it clear. Of course as it's an imagined classroom feel free to reference any appropriate resources - mini whiteboards, sugar paper, art supplies, musical instruments, etc

And finally - do try to enjoy the lesson! Real or not - this is your opportunity to share your passion and enthusiasm with a captive audience.