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Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium Primary (3DZT)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cabot Learning Federation 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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Teaching in the Early Years is complex as young children need experiences and provision that support their development as well as their learning. In order for you to build your skills, approaches and knowledge we have created a unique and exciting Initial Teacher Training Course that will provide a solid foundation for teaching in the EYFS or Primary age range.

You will learn about: Inclusion, child development, the philosophy and principles of early years pedagogy, the role of the adult, quality interactions, the theory of learning and teaching, approaches to planning and assessment including high quality observations and ethical assessment and teaching a range of curriculum subjects. Underpinning all our work is our commitment to:

  • The rights of the child and child-centred learning
  • Professional learning, embedded in research and based on reciprocity
  • Developing a democratic community that is reflective, self-evaluative, emotionally intelligent and resilient, fostering pride and purpose
  • Pushing the boundaries, making opportunities and being innovative
  • Building a cultural community in which all learners can and do thrive
  • Reducing inequality in educational achievement and life chances.

Our course offers:

  • Centre-based training days with us at BEYTSA and at the CLF Institute. You will be learning in collaboration with Early Years, Primary and Secondary trainees as well as learning as a smaller Early Years BEYTSA group. The training is led by a range of experts from Bristol who have up to date knowledge and expertise in their specialism. We will engage in professional learning conversations, learn from experts and from each other. The course is a blended approach comprising of face to face days, high quality virtual learning and professional learning networks.

    • A BEYTSA Professional Tutor is there to support your emotional well-being as well as monitor and review your progress. To carry out regular meetings with you to guide reflection, develop thinking around teaching and learning themes and monitor progress against targets.
    • School-based training – you will spend the majority of the year in a host school with a class based Mentor.
    • Host schools based in Bristol which are culturally diverse, inspiring, supportive and are all committed to providing the best outcomes for our children and families.
    • Directed study, self-directed study, reading and research for you to engage in throughout the course to enable you to deepen your subject knowledge. There are two UWE assignments for you to complete.

School placements

Bristol is an exciting, creative and diverse city to study in. Our partner schools are all situated in Bristol and the surrounding area, offering opportunities for you to learn in rich and culturally diverse environments and teaching children from a range of backgrounds with a range of needs.

You will learn teaching strategies to close the attainment gap for our children including those with English as an additional language (EAL) and children with Special Educational needs and disabilities (SEND). You will learn to challenge all learners and ensure all fulfil their potential and capabilities.

We have strong partnerships with our schools. They consist of Nursery Schools, Infant and Primary Schools and Academies.

During the year’s training you will have two placements. Most of the year will be spent in your home school, with nine weeks in the alternate key stage. Over the year you will teach in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 3 - 5 year olds and Key Stage 1 (KS1) 5-7 year olds. To begin with you will be in school for a minimum of three days a week which increases over the year five days, enabling you to become more involved in the life of the school.

You will have a school-based mentor – the class teacher, who is there alongside you to develop your expertise as a teacher. They will model best practise, make learning explicit, be a supportive guide and encourage you to take risks in order for you to progress, be courageous and learn new skills.

Your mentor with facilitate professional dialogue, nurture creativity and innovation, encourage self-reflection, celebrate your strengths and identify areas to develop through supportive, constructive feedback and target setting.

We are committed to inclusion and take into consideration many factors when organising your school placements including; distance from home to school, access to transport, preferred key stage where possible, ethos of individual schools, individual family circumstances, disability and additional learning needs. The PGCE route is an intense year so we are committed to accommodating your needs as much as we can to ease unnecessary challenges.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You should be a graduate (holding UK Degree or equivalent recognised qualification). BA (Hons) Degree of 2:2 or above. GCSE English, Maths and Science Grade C/ level 4 or above. (Some equivalents recognised)

If your degree or eligibility qualifications are from outside the UK you should apply to NARIC to check equivalence. They will issue a statement of comparability.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who have genuine passion and commitment for teaching in the Early Years; who want to work alongside our youngest, most fascinating, capable learners who require inspiring, interested and creative adults. Are you:

  • values driven with a strong morale purpose?
  • committed to providing the best outcomes for children?
  • open minded and happy to be challenged in your thinking?
  • able to take responsibility for your personal and professional development?
  • able to reflect on and respond to feedback?
  • motivated and resilient with self-belief?
  • an effective communicator who thrives learning with others?

Other requirements

All applicants will need a enhanced Disqualification and Barring Service (DBS) before commencing the course and prohibition checks and appropriate ID will be required for this. You will be required to provide a full employment history and references supporting your suitability into teaching in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education requirements. You will be required to complete an occupation health self-declaration about your fitness and wellness to teach. Evidence of at least two weeks experience of working with young children, for example; forest school, voluntary work in schools/ playgroups, after school.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

You can apply for student finance in the usual way.

About the training provider

The Bristol Early Years Teaching School Alliance (BEYTSA) is a Teaching School led by St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre. We are an outstanding centre and specialise in high quality Early Years Education from 3-5 years. Please visit our website to find out more about our inspiring learning community at St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre.

  • We are proud of the fact that we are one of the few Teaching Schools specialising in Early Years. We have a well-established track record in Initial Teacher Education (ITT) with high levels of success in recruitment and retention.

  • The Head Teacher and the Teaching School Lead is a National Leader in Education (NLE). The Teaching School provides high-quality courses for leaders, teachers/practitioners, and parents/carers that has a lasting impact on raising achievement in Bristol and beyond. All courses are facilitated by Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE’s) and Lead Teachers.

  • We hold the learner firmly at the heart of all our teaching, provide challenges to reflect on and develop emotionally and culturally intelligent leaders at all levels as well as having great expertise in closing the gap in outcomes and achievement for both children and families.

  • We work in collaboration with Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) who are the accrediting body who award the QTS and The University of the West of England (UWE) who award the PGCE element of the course. Our work together has unequivocal high standards and builds on active research and evidence-based practice.

About the accredited body

We work in collaboration with Cabot Learning Federation (CLF), who are a well-established Bristol-based Primary and Secondary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).

The SCITT is in its fifth year as an accredited QTS provider, building on a successful track record of delivering the School Direct Teacher Training route since 2012 with Partner Provider and Sponsor UWE.

The CLF is committed to training and developing the future teaching workforce through designing and supporting innovative school-led programmes and ensuring that there is a supply of excellent teachers for schools, children and young people across Bristol and beyond.

Interview process

The interview will take place online until restrictions are lifted. The panel will include the BEYTSA Programme Lead and a member of the Teaching School. There will be one interview for 2 hours. The process is designed to enable you to demonstrate your potential to teach, share your values about teaching in early years and about you as a learner. It is an opportunity for you to shine, tell us about yourself and your passion for teaching.

You will be required to:

Plan and tell a story. You will be assessed on your:

  • choice of story - relevance for young children
  • quality of preparation and resources
  • presence – use of voice, gesture, emotional connection
  • story telling skills.

Prepare a presentation. You will be assessed on your:

  • values and ethos
  • communication skills
  • understanding of teaching and learning
  • presentation skills (engagement of audience organisation, effective use of resources, structure and pace)
  • willingness to reflect on your experience and relate this to your potential as a teacher.

Engage in a discussion based on an article. You will be assessed on your:

  • communication skills and how you interact within a group
  • research skills and how you use reading to inform your subject knowledge
  • ability to interpret and analyse information
  • ability to take on the viewpoints of others and through exchange further develop your own thinking ability to think critically.

At present there is are no tests for you to complete.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We understand that everyone is unique and we are committed to providing a course that is accessible to all and ensure that we adapt our provision accordingly. We work in close partnership with the Accessibility and Disability Adviser and you will be able to access support from your employing school, as a member of their staff. We can direct you to appropriate support services. We have an understanding of different learning needs and have a flexible and inclusive approach.

We believe that well-being and a good level of mental health is at the heart of successful learning and therefore offer a high level of care and professional support throughout this intensive year. Your School Mentor and Professional Tutor are there to get to know you, your individual needs and offer additional support and strategies to help you along your individual learning journey to achieve your goal.

We are committed to supporting students who are working with Dyslexia and related learning needs, refining our approaches to suit individual people. This has resulted in highly creative, talented students, completing the course at a high standard and securing teaching posts. We have accommodated students with physical disabilities, through careful consideration of suitable placements and working with appropriate agencies.

Contact this training provider

07880 465793
Little Bishop Street
St Pauls

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