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
£9250 tuition fee - you may be eligible for a student loan
Subject dependent training bursaries may be available
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
www.southbirminghamscitt.org.uk. We have Primary Schools and Secondary Schools to choose placements from.
Your journey time would once again be our top consideration
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.
As a guide we would expect to see 50% of your degree and/or A Levels that you took to be relevant to the subject in which you’re applying
Please note that all applications are individually assessed
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We look for a whole range of personal qualities in our trainees including
Sense of humour
If you studied outside of the UK, you will need to visit NARIC (www.naric.com) 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
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.
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
Colmore Partnership Training School Alliance Colmore Road Kings Heath Birmingham 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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).