Britannia Teaching School Alliance at Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy
Primary (29MQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

BTSA is an alliance of schools, and other partners, who are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Every member of the Alliance has a track record of being totally committed to delivering on this National College priority area.

Why choose BTSA?

  • A strong, well established partnership
  • A successful track record
  • An employment record well above the national success rate
  • In partnership with The University of Derby – an outstanding provider for ITT
  • Opportunities for varied placements in great schools
  • A unique opportunity for an enhanced international placement in Holland
  • A wide range of experts to provide practical help and support
  • Excellent track record of trainees rated as good or outstanding and securing NQT posts following completion of the programme

The School Direct teacher training route is led by BTSA, working in partnership with local schools and The University of Derby. You have the option to choose a route that matches your career aspirations - choose Early Years (3-7), Primary (5-11) or Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) which encompasses either Early Years (3-7) or Primary (5-11). As well as Qualified Teacher Status, you will also gain a PGCE equivalent to a third of a master’s degree with The University of Derby upon completion of the programme.

Away from the classroom, you’ll receive practical training sessions from Specialist Leaders of Education, experienced teachers and the team at BTSA. These training sessions will take place at the BTSA hub located in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The University of Derby will also lead sessions to support your academic development; these sessions will take place at the university site in Derby.

How are you assessed?

All assessments relate to your school placements; you will complete three assessed teaching placements, two in your main school and one in a second school, and additional enhanced school opportunities which will provide you with the challenging and varied experiences you need. There will be in-depth teacher enquiry on school-based issues. There are a variety of assessment modes which you will encounter e.g. presentation, academic poster, essay.

You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss your developing subject knowledge of the core and wider curriculum subjects, as well as developing your skills in research-informed practice.

Interview process

Our interview process has been tailored to ensure that all candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to train to teach in a warm and welcoming environment.

How school placements work

All of our schools are quality assured, effective schools. Most schools belong to St. Bart’s Trust or are Strategic Partnership schools. We will work with you to place you in the best school to meet your training needs and to ensure that you are placed in a school located closely to where you live. The responsibility of allocating placements rests with BTSA.

You will complete a main placement in a Key Stage of your choice. This will cover the Autumn term and the Summer term. In the Spring term, you will complete a second placement in a contrasting school and Key Stage. There will also be enhanced placements e.g. Special Educational Needs, Early Years, as well as a week long international placement in Holland.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Fee for UK and EU students: £9,250 per year (2019/20) . Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.

Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.

Please visit the University of Derby website for more information or call the helpline on 01332 592000.



You must have a UK Honours degree 2:2 or above (preferably 2:1) or equivalent, plus grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Science.

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.

To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Please note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

About the training provider

Britannia Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is an alliance of schools, and other partners, who are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. At BTSA, we are clear about what we are doing, and more importantly why. This is encapsulated in our aim and vision: “Releasing Potential.”

Britannia Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is a cohort 2 teaching school, established in March 2012. Belgrave St. Bartholomew’s Academy is the lead school for BTSA. We work across the West Midlands Region and beyond, centred in and around Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire East. As a teaching school, we are committed to improving educational outcomes for children and young people wherever we can. Our mission is to collaborate with other organisations and work with educational professionals to develop the best trained and supported workforce possible.

Our strapline is Releasing Potential. By “Releasing Potential” within our staff, at each stage of their professional careers, we aim to provide an excellent all round education to the children in our care. We believe that we have a moral imperative to continue this work by identifying and equipping teachers and support staff to be excellent practitioners at every stage of their career, through initial teacher training, ongoing CPD, research and leadership development.

Our School Direct teacher training programme is an excellent opportunity for graduates and career changers to join the teaching profession. The School Direct teacher training route is led by BTSA, working in partnership with local schools and The University of Derby.

About the accredited body

Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career in teaching. With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands.

We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We were also ranked tenth in the country for undergraduate teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our School Direct teacher training programme is inclusive and responsive to the needs of our trainees. School placements are tailored to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and other needs. Due to the nature of this professional course, where reasonable adjustments can be made, we aim to support all trainees through their school placements. The University of Derby also provides support for all trainees with regards to their professional and academic studies.

Contact details

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