The Federation of Boldmere Schools Primary (29YW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our school Direct route in to teaching provides practical and supported teacher training experiences in the schools from within our partnership. Your training will include a minimum of 120 days in schools and 60 days of school and University based training. The majority of the 120 days in schools will take place in your ‘Home School’ but you will also undertake a block placement in a second school of a totally different context to that of your ‘Home School’. Enabling you to have the opportunity to experience working in schools that widen your knowledge of educational provision. The focus of our programme is School Direct (unsalaried), General Primary and successful completion leads to the internationally recognised Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status. We do not offer any other route in to teaching and we ensure there is a consistent approach to the delivery of the Initial Teacher Training that we deliver. We are looking for high calibre, articulate and deep-thinking graduates with a proven track record of academic success, who are committed to learning how to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all pupils that they work with. Throughout your chosen route in to teaching you will be rigorously assessed against the Teacher Standards, which will be a vital element of all your training. With lots of support, advice and guidance, you will be required to produce a Personal Development Portfolio as you are training. This portfolio will be assesses on a termly basis to ensure that you are gathering evidence that demonstrates your successes against the Teachers’ Standards. Whilst you are training in your schools and carrying out class teaching and learning activities, your practice in the classroom will be observed at least once a week, giving you more valuable guidance of what next steps need to be taken to ensure you are meeting all of the course requirements. Whilst studying at BCU for certain elements of the course, you will also be expected to write three essays across the course of the academic year. You will complete one essay per term and each essay will be given a weighting of 20 credits, totally 60 credits across the year, with the final 40 credits being assessed whilst on school placement. The School Direct Programmes start in the first week of September to ensure trainee teachers can be in school at the start of the academic year.

School placements

We have several good and outstanding schools, as rated by their last Ofsted inspection and we use these schools as they have a proven track record of success, when placing our trainees. We have been working with a number of schools right from the very beginning of offering our initial route in to teaching. We have also added more schools as we have grown our number of trainees each year. The schools that we work with have their own unique individual context, each very different to another enabling us to ensure our trainees gain the vital experienced that is required to be a successful teacher. This year we have successfully placed our trainees in the following schools: Newhall Primary, Boldmere Infant and Nursery, Boldmere Junior School, Penns Primary, Topcliffe Primary, Twickenham Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, New Oscott Primary, St Nicholas Catholic Primary, Maney Hill Primary and Yenton Primary. We have built up significant relationships with our schools and this year we had more schools wanting to host placements than trainees available, even though we recruited to our maximum number of trainees. Schools that have also had trainees previously and would have liked a School Direct trainee this year were, Walmley Juniors, Walmley Infants, Whitehouse Common Primary and Holland House Infant and Nursery. All schools have had a consistent approach in ensuring all of our trainees experience the right support and this has led to a 100% of our trainees successfully passing the programme and gaining full time employment. When selecting the school that you will have your placements in we try to meet needs of locality as we believe that you should not be wasting time making long and exhausting journeys to school. The average distance that you will be required to travel from home to school is normally within three miles, most of our schools are in the north area of Birmingham. Due to the number of schools we work with we are able to offer the 3-7 age phase or 5-11 age phase route in to teaching and you will experience one placement in each of these.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

You must use a third party to acquire these as it is not something that we are able to offer or support with.

Personal qualities

Although it is not a requirement, it would be preferable if you have some relevant experience of volunteering/working in a school. As we feel this is an important aspect of demonstrating your desire to become a teacher. This vital experience will allow applicants to be fully aware and informed of the aspects and challenges that the profession of teaching has. This vital experience may also allow you to obtain a reference from someone in education, which will be incredibly beneficial when submitting your application. We desire applicants that demonstrate a real hunger and passion for teaching through their experiences.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will be subjected to the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before commencing the course, so that we are reliably informed of your suitability to work with children. The appropriate Health Checks will also be carried out prior to commencing this route in to teaching. Any other relevant checks will be discussed at the point of an offer being made for our route in to teaching, so that we are certain that you are safe and dedicated enough to work with children in an educational setting.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

For more information regarding fee details please do visit the website of Birmingham City University. More details can be found regarding the course fees and what you are entitled to on this website. In order to obtain this information please search Birmingham City University, School Direct Tuition Fees. This should enable you to find all related information to make an informed decision of this route in to teaching.

Financial support from the training provider

If you are currently working in a school environment in any capacity and your school where you are employed offer you a bursary of any description. We can then negotiate with your current employers for you to access our route in to teaching with a ‘home’ school arrangement being put in to place. This will enable you to work in your existing school as a trainee teacher.

About the training provider

The Federation of Boldmere Schools is a partnership of outstanding and good schools in the North area of Birmingham. Boldmere Junior School was assessed and designated a Teaching school in March 2013- August 2021. During our designation we have trained over 90 students through our incredibly successful School direct route in to teaching. We are incredibly proud that 100% of our trainees on our previous cohorts have passed their academic award and also obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential element of our unique delivery. All of our previous trainees have also secured their first teaching post by the end of our training programme, with 100% of our trainees securing full time employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher at the start of the academic year that they have applied for. Our partnership is made up of 20 extremely successful, unique and individual primary and special schools. The training we provide will equip you with the educational knowledge, skills, understanding, high expectations, empathy, teamwork and resilience that characterises what is expected in teachers. We have a proven track record of success and we will be recruiting students to our training programme who demonstrate a real hunger and passion for teaching. The academic demands of our programme require an ability to study at level 7, which is a higher requirement than most degree classifications. You will be able to select your preferred route in to teaching as we are able to offer ages 3 to 7 or 5 to 11.

Interview process

All interviews take place at Boldmere Junior School and generally the process takes half a day. After your application has been approved, you will be sent information regarding our interview process. When attending the interview you are required to bring your original GCSE and degree (if already obtained) certificates that you have listed on your application. You will also be asked to bring ID such as a passport or driving licence. Our interview process generally commences at 9.30am, the process will be divided in to two parts, with part one including the following:

  • A General Knowledge Test, assessing the breadth of knowledge that the government and the university acknowledge is vital for primary practitioners who teach the whole curriculum. All questions relate directly or indirectly to Primary Education.
  • A discussion task, assessing your understanding of some issues surrounding primary education and the challenges and rewards of the profession. In preparation for this task it would be useful to familiarise yourself with the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2012).
  • Teaching task, you will teach an introduction to a lesson of no longer than 15 minutes. You will be asked to teach a maths introduction to 12 Year 3 mixed ability children.
  • Written task, you will choose a topic in which you will demonstrate your understanding of issues within primary education. Part two will include your interview, enabling candidates to draw on personal experiences, demonstrating their understanding of primary education, the role of the teacher and their attitudes towards learning.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Throughout your training with ourselves and BCU you will be formally supported in school by a proven designated class teacher/mentor and allocated school based tutor. All training providers have attended training to ensure consistency of provision for our trainees, whatever their individual needs may be. You will also be able to access support as and when required from BCU personal and partnership tutors. Access is also available to a less formal but a strong, effective and valuable network of support within in your home and second placement schools. Previous School Direct trainees with disabilities and other needs have been successful on our route in to teaching, as we also encourage trainees to form very effective professional working relationships, which lead to bespoke support opportunities throughout the duration of your training. The BCU School of Education is conveniently located in the centre of Birmingham and offers unrivalled facilities and excellent teaching informed by research and evidence for students of all disabilities and other needs. Trainees will also have access to the ‘Student Academic Partners’ scheme which teams up students and staff to find ways to make the teaching and learning provision even better at BCU. This support has been recognised and has won a Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Student Support’. In addition, you will receive weekly group training sessions provided by expert practitioners from our partnership schools. As facilitators they clearly understand the need to cater for all disabilities and any other needs to allow you to be successful.

Contact this training provider

0121 464 3656
Federation of Boldmere Schools
Cofield Road
Sutton Coldfield
B73 5SD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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