Colmore Partnership Training School Alliance Primary (2J4C)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
South Birmingham SCITT
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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Please visit our website for further information. For a map of the whole partnership, please visit

  • Full time course running from September 2023 to July 2024

  • 1 day a week in Professional Studies training at our Solihull campus

  • 4 days a week on placement in school starting in early September. Autumn, Spring and Summer Placements

  • Placement schools are carefully selected allocated primarily upon the location of the trainee.

  • Professional Studies includes subject pedagogy, research and reflective practice, routines and behaviour, teaching and learning strategies, meeting all childrens’ needs, the importance of assessment, understanding of the wider educational context

  • Trainees become reflective practitioners with specific targets to move their practice forward

  • Weekly reflection of teaching practice collates evidence against the Teacher Standards to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • 4 research assignments (3000 words each) - Nov, Feb, May and Oct submissions

  • 80 Level 7 Credits towards a Masters in Teaching and Learning (this is more than a PGCertEd)

  • Ongoing early career development including the opportunity to complete the PGDip Ed at the end of the ECT year and the full Masters in subsequent year (s)

  • Career support from day one. We offer mock interviews, support with application forms and job opportunities

    • Expert support via School Based Trainers, Professional Tutors, Subject Tutors, Ex Trainees and BCU tutors - and cohort peers !

Our programmes are all the same whether they are through the Colmore Partnership Training School Alliance or the South Birmingham SCITT

Course Fees

  • £9250 tuition fee - you may be eligible for a student loan

    • Subject dependent training bursaries may be available

School placements

School placements are based on two factors. The first is the home address of the trainee. We want to ensure that your travel time is accessible and not too time constraining. The second is the availability of a partner school in your location. Travel time will be no more than 1 hour from your home

Our current cohort of trainees are placed in the following schools - Colmore Infant and Junior School, Rookery School, West Heath Primary, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Moseley CE Primary, Broadmeadow Infant School, Lyndon Green Infant School and Highter’s Heath Nursery School.

A map of all the Partnership Schools can be found on our website ( We have Primary Schools and Secondary Schools to choose placements from.

For placement A (Autumn Term) you will be in a year 5 or 6 class For placement B (Spring Term) you will be in a year 1 or 2 class For placement C (Summer) you will be in a year 3 or 4 class

Your journey time would once again be our top consideration


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Colmore Infant School
Colmore Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6AJ
Colmore Junior School
Colmore Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6AJ
South Birmingham SCITT
Sixth Form College, Widney Manor Road, Solihull, B91 3WR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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.

Personal qualities

We look for a whole range of personal qualities in our trainees including

  • Resilience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Passion
  • Dedication
  • Reflective practice
  • Organised
  • Professional
  • Patience
  • Sense of humour

Check out our website

Other requirements

If you studied outside of the UK, you will need to visit NARIC ( as a certificate of proof for equivalence will need to be attained

We do not expect you to have school experience upon application. If you would like to gain some, please get in touch and we can arrange a place on our highly commended 1 day School Experience programme.

More details can be found on our website (

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of all Safeguarding procedures

You will be asked to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Funding is available to help you train to teach (

You can apply for the following:

tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 (you do not need to pay course fees upfront) maintenance loan of up to £12,382 (help with living costs) You can still apply for a tuition fee and a maintenance loan if you already have a student loan.

You will only have to make loan repayments once you’re earning.

About the training provider

The Colmore Partnership Training School Alliance (CPTSA) is committed to achieving personal and academic excellence for all trainee teachers. Through a true school led partnership, we aim to develop and support future teachers in becoming the next generation of outstanding practitioners. We aim to provide new teachers with the opportunity to learn, develop and practise the skills needed to be successful in a highly supportive environment. We work with over 50 schools in the local and surrounding areas. Well being and pastoral support of all our students underpins everything we do.

Under the School Direct programme we are working in partnership with The South Birmingham SCITT and are proud to be working together to provide an innovative, supported and school led route into teaching

  • Primary and Secondary Teacher Training
  • School led route
  • Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (MA Level 7 x 80 Masters Credits) This is higher than a PGCE
  • 100% employment rates
  • Learn from real teachers in real classrooms who are doing the job today
  • Bespoke programme to reflect your starting point
  • I day in Professional Studies (Solihull Sixth Form College), 4 days in school from September. A mix of face to face and remote learning
  • 50+ exciting and innovative schools in Birmingham and surrounding areas ready to support your placement
  • Placements in schools that we know and trust
  • Consideration for placements is based on where you live, your personal circumstances and travel arrangements

About the accredited body

We work in partnership with South Birmingham SCITT who have been a centre for Initial Teacher Training since 2003. They are based at Solihull Sixth Form College.

Interview process

Apply to us through We aim to respond to you within 48 hours

Interview and Assessment Process

  • Delivery of a 20 minute pre planned learning activity showing the intended impact on students followed by a written reflection

  • Formal panel interview

  • Group discussion activity

  • Subject Knowledge Baseline (to enable us to identify any specific gaps in knowledge)

  • Baseline Numeracy and Literacy assessment. (To inform us of support needed to ensure fundamental skills are in place) These will be carried out during the course as well

  • 5 minute presentation about yourself and something you are passionate about

Your interview will take place in one of our Partnership Schools (but not necessarily the school you will be placed in) or on Microsoft Teams

You will have the opportunity to meet School Direct Leads, the SCITT Course Manager/Director and colleagues from within the partnership.

  • You will be informed of our decision within 48 hours

  • Verbal feedback will be given, even if you are not successful

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

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of an Occupational Health Check to satisfy the requirements for Fitness to Teach. We endeavour to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs of disabilities with us at any time during the application process. If you are disabled or have a specific learning difficulty, all reasonable adjustments will be made

Contact this training provider

0121 675 8766
Colmore Partnership Training School Alliance
Colmore Road
Kings Heath
B14 6AJ

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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