Initial Teacher Training

Primary Courses

Our Primary Courses

Stour Vale offers local, high-quality Primary Initial Teacher Training for the Black Country and surrounding areas. Coupled with exceptionally high levels of bespoke support, our pathways to a PGCE qualification with QTS have a proven track record of excellence. We pride ourselves on getting to know our trainees on an individual basis whilst supporting them throughout their training; from pre-application to successfully gaining employment.

In conjunction with our accredited university partners, we offer a range of courses and pathways for Primary for trainees across The Black Country, South Staffordshire, South Shropshire and North Worcestershire.

Our courses allow trainees to develop their understanding and expertise through a blend of classroom experience, practice, and research. Trainees are placed in local partnership schools where they spend the majority of their training year.

Taught sessions are timetabled to complement work in school and our trainees receive a blended approach of support and input from both university experts and serving teachers.

Regardless of the pathway that they choose, all of our trainees are qualified to teach the entire Primary age-range.

For more information about our courses, please follow the links below.

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Full-time courses

  • Our 3 to 7 pathway provides experience of both EYFS and Key Stage 1.
  • Our 5 to 11 primary pathway provides trainees with experience of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
  • Applicants to our 3-11 pathway with Birmingham Newman route opt to choose either 3-7 or 5-11 at interview.
  • Our PE specialist pathway provides trainees with extra training and teaching opportunities in Physical Education.
  • Our SENDi specialist pathway provides trainees with extra training and experience with Special Education Needs and Inclusion.

Part-time courses

  • We offer part-time, 18-month-long routes for both our 3-7 and 5-11 pathways.

Salaried Apprenticeships

  • Our Apprenticeship course offers a salaried route to QTS for unqualified teachers already working in a school.

For more detailed information about each of our courses, please click on the relevant link / course code below:

For all teacher training enquiries, email