Greenholm Primary School Primary (2VLP)

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

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
Financial support

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
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

We offer excellent practical teaching experience under the guidance of highly skilled and dedicated professionals. We offer personalised training to develop teaching skills within a wide range of settings. We work in close association with BCU so all students are supported with academic studies, career guidance and pastoral care. Trainees will be placed with a well-qualified teacher and trained about all aspects of primary teaching and learning. They develop their knowledge and understanding of teacher standards, pedagogy and how primary pupils learn. Trainees are observed regularly by highly qualified teachers who give personalised targets which develop trainee’s knowledge and understanding. Most training will happen at the main school allocated but trainees will visit other venues during the training. There will be block placements at BCU who will set the assignments and inform all trainees about when they need to submit and the grade criteria. At BCU trainees study three modules - Core Curriculum, Foundation Curriculum and Professional Studies and Leadership which are assessed and graded by BCU. The range of assignments involve an essay, cross-phase curriculum map and presentation. There is one assignment per term for which guidance and support is given to the trainee. BCU has been graded 17th nationally and 1st in the West Midlands for teacher training provision. The Greenholm and BCU collaboration has resulted in a good programme (Ofsted grading), with excellent completion rates and 100% employability rates. We pride ourselves on our pastoral care, making sure that at any stage in the trainees development they are seen as an individual and support is available to them. We have a strong partnership with our training schools, and many of our trainees go on to work in the partnership schools. Many previous trainees are now in senior managerial positions due to the strong and effective start they receive during their training year.

School placements

All trainees do at least two placements in two different schools in two different phases. All placements are within the primary phase and trainees teach pupils between the ages of 4-11 years of age with a range of abilities and disabilities. Greenholm endeavours to support the needs of the trainee and the requirement of the primary school when allocating placements, we try to allocate schools close to trainee’s home address, for both the main placement and second placement, if it is possible. Our partnership of schools extends all across Birmingham with a wide range of primary schools.

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.

Personal qualities

Candidates will : Have excellent speaking and written skills. Excellent numeracy and ICT skills. Be inspirational and aspirational. Work effectively in a team. Make decisions, problem-solve, have and show empathy. Be hardworking. Be dynamic. Be creative. Be flexible. Be enthusiastic. Listen well. Be determined to achieve and do the best for the pupils within the partnership Strive for excellence. Be caring. Be emotionally literate. Show leadership skills. Have a ‘can do’ attitude and be up for a challenge. Be someone who wants to give children in their care the best start to life that they can. Have some school experience

Other requirements

All trainees are DBS checked and will need to complete the CDF form. If candidates have been out of the country for more than 3 months, then the candidate needs to provide a certificate of good conduct from the embassy of the country they visited.

For the salaried post, candidates must have at least 5 years experience in a salaried post in a primary school.


The salary will be calculated based upon the unqualified teachers’ pay scales and is agreed with the trainee and the employing school.

To be considered for the salaried post you must have a minimum of 5 years experience in school in a salaried post.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Greenholm has an excellent reputation for training teachers and retaining them once qualified. We are a highly respected school which has an established history of training and producing excellent primary school teachers. Our unique program is personalised to the needs of all of our trainees. All trainees receive professional development which is appropriate to their needs and prepares them to work independently as successful NQTs by the end of their training. 100% of our trainee teachers leave us with a good or outstanding level in classroom practice with all employed in schools as qualified teachers. Added to this, teachers trained with Greenholm have an excellent start in their NQT year with 100% remaining in the teaching profession for at least 5 years and with many progressing to senior management and leadership positions. We work in close and effective collaboration with BCU and Services for Education with whom we have had long, successful and established relationships ensuring the training that all students receive is of a very high quality and supports them in becoming excellent teachers.
Feedback from our trainees state that 100% will highly recommend Greenholm to other trainees and the training received at Greenholm is outstanding. We guarantee an exceptional teacher training experience in our friendly and supportive schools. You learn on the job in at least two different schools, learning from experienced, dedicated and inspiring colleagues. You’ll be putting your new skills into practise from day one while you gain qualified teacher status.

About the accredited body

BCU works in close collaboration with Greenholm ensuring they provide an academic training program which enhances the outstanding, in- house, practical training at Greenholm. 100% of trainee teachers working within this partnership leave with a good or outstanding level in classroom practice with 100% employed as NQTs by the end of the training. 100% of our teachers have remained in the teaching profession for at least 5 years after qualification with many in senior and leadership positions. BCU is ranked 1st in the West Midlands for teacher training provision and 17th nationally.

Interview process

Candidates will be interviewed by a panel including headteachers from within the partnership and representatives from BCU . There is one interview to attend and during the interview candidates will take part in a range of tasks including a presentation, writing task, curriculum task, classroom observation and an interview by the school council. Candidates applying for the salaried position must have at leave 5 years salaried experience in a primary school within teaching and learning.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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 outstanding mentors are highly qualified in supporting trainees with a range of needs. We have a unique, personalised training program, which is developed in line with the needs of the trainee. Trainees with dyslexia and mental health have recently qualified through our program at a good and outstanding level and have successfully been employed in both main stream and special schools. Greenholm and its partners has wheel chair access to most of its sites. Within the partnership there are schools which have a range of disability units which support the needs of a wide range of pupils. The close relationship we have with both BCU and Services for Education ensures we have access to a range of resources which can support the needs of all our trainees ensuring they succeed and become highly qualified NQTs. Trainees are supported throughout the program with their assignments and observations ensuring they get the best opportunity to succeed in becoming qualified teachers.

Contact this training provider

0121 464 6321
Greenholm Primary School
Greenholm Road
Great Barr
B44 8HS

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.

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