Buttsbury Infant School
Primary (29PN)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Billericay Educational Consortium
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our training course starts in late August through to July. It has been designed by teachers to reflect the needs of the modern classroom.

Our programme offers:

  • After the interview day, we will meet with you to discuss your strengths and areas requiring further development and will set you tasks and a reading list to enable you to develop knowledge and skills before the course starts.
  • Our interactive workshops cover all the primary curriculum subjects in detail. We also have workshops covering:
  • Child Development
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Behaviour Management and SEN
  • Safeguarding
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Teacher and the Law
  • Wellbeing
  • Voice Care
  • School workload
  • Opportunity to gain certificates in PE and Safeguarding recognised by the Teaching Professions

All our sessions are based either at our training centre in Wickford or in neighbouring primary schools.

School Placements

You will spend 75% of the course in school. Each week you will receive tutorials delivered by the Headteacher and your class mentor. These tutorials link to the workshops.

You will start undertaking structured observations of teachers followed by team teaching, part lesson then full lesson teaching.


During the course you will be continually assessed against the Teachers’ Standards through:

  • observation of your lessons
  • examination of your portfolio of evidence
  • assessment tasks
  • reflections of your journey to become a teacher linking theory from workshops/reading to your practice in the classroom

There is a formal review of your progress at the end of each term, with the final assessment to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) taking place in the third term.

Course workload

We make sure that any written submissions are evenly spread throughout the course. We issue a weekly newsletter to all trainees keeping them updated of deadlines. We operate an ‘open door’ policy to ensure trainees can discuss any issues or worries.

PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education – 60 Master credits)

In addition to QTS, trainees can study for a PGCE. All lectures are held at Bromfords School, Wickford.

Trainees need to pass 2 assignments of 5000 words each:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Professional Studies and Research

This award is validated by the University of Suffolk.

We are proud that our course has been rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ for 12 years. We believe we offer excellent value for money.

Interview process

Once we receive your application, we will interview you in one of our partner schools. You will be interviewed by us and a member of school staff.

On the interview day, you will be asked to:

  • deliver a 10 minute presentation on an aspect of learning which is either misunderstood by pupils or difficult to teach;
  • complete a written task reflecting on a lesson that you have observed a teacher deliver;
  • undertake a formal interview.

Successful candidates will be offered a place within 24 hours of the interview day. An offer letter will be issued and may detail some conditions, e.g. passing your degree.

All trainees offered a place must:

  • pass a Fitness to Teach medical assessment;
  • undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify their suitability to work with young people.

You will then attend a meeting with the Course Director to discuss the strengths and areas for further development identified on the interview day. Tasks will also be set with reading lists for you to develop your subject knowledge.

How school placements work

We spend considerable time in ensuring that your placement school is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home. We know our school mentors very well and try to match our trainees with their mentor to build that strong professional relationship.

If you wish to nominate a school, we will be pleased to talk to the Headteacher about our programme.

You will be teaching across the age range 5-11.

All our headteachers are passionate about ‘growing their own’ staff and are very committed to our programme. We work with over 50 primary schools, as they acknowledge we produce excellent Newly Qualified Teachers who are fully prepared for the challenges of the modern classroom.

Each trainee will be placed in the same school for the whole year, apart from a 6 week period spent in a different school. This second placement will be in the alternative key stage and will be in a contrasting school environment. Our schools comprise of small/large primaries, faith schools, small/large infant/junior schools.

In addition, we provide experiences at special schools, pupil referral units, a Hindu temple and teaching in a class with a high proportion of pupils with English as an additional language.

Schools play such an important part in the programme, and that’s why we can provide you with an outstanding foundation on which to build your future career.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • GCSE grade C (grade 4) or equivalent in English Language, Mathematics and Science
  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification

If you have non-British qualifications, you will need to verify their equivalence through UK NARIC, tel: 01242 260010. You will need to supply written evidence of any equivalencies with your application.

If you do not hold English, Mathematics or Science GSCE qualifications (or a recognised equivalent), then you will need to take an equivalency test. We recommend www.equivalencytesting.co.uk.

Personal qualities

You need to be:

  • imaginative and creative;
  • enthusiastic about teaching;
  • energetic, hardworking, adaptable and flexible;
  • well organised, focused and determined;

  • have a positive outlook;

  • have a resilient nature;

  • have an ability to inspire and enthuse;

  • have the ability to work in a team and with other adults;

  • have the ability to reflect, listen and are willing to act on advice;

  • have the ability to use their initiative

These qualities are developed on the course through interactive workshops, which previous trainees have greatly valued.

You are learning all the time.

About the training provider

We are passionate about training and developing outstanding and confident teachers. We have designed a training programme that reflects the real demands and challenges teachers face in the classroom.

All our trainees pass the course and gain Qualified Teacher Status and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with 60 Master credits. 100% of our trainees gain employment.

In school, every day is different and we are renowned for providing excellent support to all our trainees whilst on the course and during their Induction Year. We achieve this by using Billericay Teaching School Alliance, who offer a wealth of development programmes tailor-made for each teacher throughout their career.

This will be a life changing experience leading to a career where you can make a difference to your students’ lives.

About the accredited body

We want to work with a top quality accredited provider, and that is why we have chosen Billericay Educational Consortium (BEC).

BEC have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the past 12 years and have been named one of the top quality providers in the ‘Good Teacher Training Guide’.

Our partnership is strong and between us we deliver an outstanding programme that enables every trainee to excel, leading to a successful career in teaching.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our aim is to promote and implement an inclusive learning and teaching environment, allowing you to study independently.

We are here to support you and would encourage you to contact us so we can help identify any ‘appropriate adjustments’ to meet your individual needs.

Once you have applied for our course, we are available for you to contact to discuss your particular needs. We have had trainees who have successfully passed our course with visual and hearing impairments, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum conditions.

We understand your needs and will work closely with you to ascertain the impact of your condition on your studies. It may be you need:

  • deadlines to be extended;
  • workshops to be recorded;
  • powerpoint presentations in advance of workshops
  • photocopying on coloured paper
  • wheelchair access

With your permission, we will ask your mentor to work with you providing support and guidance. We need to ensure that all elements of this training year make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to provide every opportunity for you to succeed.

Contact details

01268 477611
c/o The Bromfords School
Grange Avenue
SS12 0LZ


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