BTSA (Bart’s Training and Support Alliance) Primary (Mainstream and SEND routes, 3-7 & 5-11) (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.

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


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.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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.

We accept equivalency tests from the following:

University of Derby in-house equivalency test

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals of 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.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

BTSA (Bart’s Training and Support Alliance) 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.”

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, Cheshire East and Shropshire. At BTSA, 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 Primary 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.

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.

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

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.

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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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