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Colmore Partnership Training School Alliance Chemistry (2J4Q)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
South Birmingham SCITT
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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

  • Full time course running from September 2020 to July 2021

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

  • Fully supported remote learning package on Microsoft Teams

  • 4 days a week on placement in school starting in early November. Main placements are Spring and Summer terms with a short placement in the Autumn

  • 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 NQT 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 Teaching 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

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

We offer an ABB placement model with the A placement being the shorter placement. The longer placements will be in the Spring and Summer terms. The B placement, in the Spring term, would be in the opposite key stage at a differing school setting to offer you a contrasting setting.

Your journey time would once again be our top consideration

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Secondary - GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language, or equivalent - Grade C/4 or above

Degree (1, 2:1, 2:2 or 3rd) As a guide we would expect to see 50% of your degree and/or the A Levels that you took to be relevant to the subject you are applying

Please note all applications are individually assessed. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your entry qualifications with us

Personal qualities

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

  • Resilience

  • Enthusiasm

  • Passion

  • Dedication

  • Reflective practice

  • Organised

    • Professional

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 experience in school, please get in touch

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 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Colmore Partnership Teaching 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 toda

  • Bespoke programme to reflect your starting point

  • I day in training, 4 days in school from early November. 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

Interview process

Apply to us through UCAS

Interview and Assessment Process

  • The interview and assessment will be held either online via Microsoft Teams or face to face at the Solihull Campus and will be conducted by a panel made up of key personnel from the team

  • Delivery of a 10 minute pre planned learning activity followed by a written reflection

  • Formal panel interview either face to face or online

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

  • Literacy and Numeracy baseline tests

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

  • You will be informed of our decision within 48 hours

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

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 Teaching School Alliance
Colmore Road
Kings Heath
B14 6AJ

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