South Bromsgrove Teacher Training Partnership Primary (3-7) (34S3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

South Bromsgrove High Teacher Training Partnership is a well-established and highly succcessful provider of School Direct Initial Teacher Training. Our Primary School Direct courses are coordinated by St John’s Cof E Middle School,Bromsgrove, in collaboration with the University of Worcester and a strong partnership of schools, offering vibrant and high-achieving training placements. Our growing partnership of schools are situated across Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Redditch, Worcester and Dudley, allowing us the flexibility to place trainees in schools based on their location and specific training needs.

What we can offer you:

  • An Outstanding lead training school (Ofsted, 2012).
  • An alliance of placement schools committed to high quality training and mentoring.
  • A comprehensive, evidence based Professional Studies programme with input from leading experts in education.
  • Fully trained and dedicated subject mentors.
  • Opportunities to broaden your experience of school life through our extensive Extra-Curricular Programme.
  • Strong and successful partnership with University of Worcester, providing excellent levels of support throughout the training year.
  • High quality support in becoming an outstanding, creative and reflective teacher.
  • QTS and PGCE qualification, with credits towards Masters Accreditation

School placements

The Primary Early Years course will enable you to teach children in the 3-7 age range. As a Primary Early Years trainee teacher, you will undertake three School Experience placements in two different schools. Throughout your school experience, you will gain experience in two different key stages in order to meet the requirements of the qualification. Your School Experience 1 (Autumn) and School Experience 3 (Summer) will be based at your main school. School Experience 2, (Spring), will be based in a contrasting school. Your main school will be determined by the South Bromsgrove Teaching School Alliance in collaboration with the Primary Lead at St John’s CofE Middle School and the University of Worcester. In placing trainees, we will take account of your location and specific training needs. We are keen to expand our partnership of schools, should trainees wish to train in specific schools, with whom they have existing links. All partnership schools are subject to Quality Assurance procedures, carried out by the University of Worcester.

Trainees will spend the majority of the time in school, but will spend one day a week in Professional Studies sessions. This will take place either at the University of Worcester or one of our alliance schools. These sessions cover all aspects of the Teacher Standards and draw on the extensive expertise from within the South Bromsgrove Teaching School Alliance. Through our programme, you will be able to visit a range of different schools and institutions and network with staff and trainees from across our network. We take a huge amount of pride in our Professional Studies as we ensure that the course not only prepares trainees for the demands of the training year (including teaching practice and assignments), but also prepares trainees for a career in primary education.

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

What are we looking for – Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to the welfare and well-being of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and an ability to relate to young people;
  • A passion for your subject and for education in general;
  • A willingness to learn through experience and respond to feedback;
  • Some prior school experience is strongly recommended.

Other requirements

Prospective trainees will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,100

Fees are subject to change for 2022/23

Financial support from the training provider

Student finance available for eligible candidates.

About the training provider

South Bromsgrove High Teacher Training Partnership provides a high quality, school-based learning opportunity. ‘South’ is an outstanding school (Ofsted 2012/13) where students enjoy learning in a way which stimulates their imagination and creativity. We maintain high standards of achievement, offer a broad and relevant curriculum, and place great emphasis on high quality learning experiences in lessons.

The unique aspect of our School Direct training programmes is that delivery is shared across schools from our wider alliance, who have specific areas of expertise. This allows insight into First, Middle, High and Special Schools and a broader understanding of education and pedagogy. Our highly successful primary programme is coordinated by St John’s CofE Middle School (judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2012) and placements are provided in a range of excellent local First, Middle and Primary Schools.

All schools in our partnership are highly committed to the training of teachers in a school based environment with access to high quality support from Higher Education Institutions. South Bromsgrove TTP has experienced subject and professional mentors who are involved in the planning and development of the School Direct courses. Every trainee is assigned a Professional and Subject Mentor who will be experienced in mentoring, coaching and giving feedback. You will meet with your mentor regularly, to review and set targets related to the teacher standards.

Interview process

The School Direct Programme is a school-based training year that demands a full-time commitment. Our selection process is thorough and designed to help you feel confident that the School Direct pathway is the right route into teaching for you. Interviews will be held at St John’s CofE Middle School in collaboration with our partner First, Primary and Middle Schools and the University of Worcester.

The interview will involve:

  • leading an activity with a small group of children;
  • a written activity based on some pre-reading;
  • an interview.

All details relating to the activity and the written task will be sent out in good time, prior to interview.

The interview day is always a very positive experience for all concerned. We endeavour to make you feel welcome and we encourage you to come with lots of questions about the course. Interviews may be organised in groups, whereby you will be interviewed with 4 or 5 other candidates, or they may be arranged individually.

In the event of ongoing social distancing measures, all interviews will be carried out online.

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

South Bromsgrove Teacher Training Partnership recognises that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools, both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos. We value diversity and the unique contribution that all staff and trainees bring. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities or specific educational needs and we are committed to fulfilling our duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all trainees can access all aspects of our training provision. We also work closely with our accredited providers to ensure that support mechanisms are in place for emerging needs of trainees throughout the course.

Specific support might include:

  • Training materials produced in advance or made available online;
  • Specific print requirements, such as large print / coloured paper;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Wheelchair access to relevant training / classrooms;
  • Designated quiet working areas.

It is a trainee’s choice whether or not they disclose disabilities to us, but we would encourage you to do so in order that we can support you fully in completing your training.

Contact this training provider

01527 962021
South Bromsgrove High School
Charford Road
B60 3NL

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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