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Arthur Terry School Art and Design (2MMQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

This school direct route will place you on the PGCE course at Birmingham City University. During the course you will be placed in at least two contrasting schools, one of which will be within the Arthur Terry ITT partnership. This course provides both Qualified Teaching Status and a PGCE qualification (60 Masters level credits).

We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. The academic requirements set out by the Department for Education to enter the profession are: at least a grade C or 4 in GCSE English and mathematics and an Honours degree (at least a 2.2), preferably in the chosen subject route or a commitment to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course in shortage subjects.

We are committed to supporting our trainees beyond their first year. As you continue your career we have a range of teaching and leadership programmes through the Arthur Terry Teaching School Hub, North Birmingham, to support you from Early Career Teacher to Aspiring Headteacher. Visit our website to learn more about our course and further career development opportunities

School placements

We work with a range of partner schools across North Birmingham, South Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Each week, during school placements you will be observed and have coaching dialogues with your Learning Coach prior to and following observed lessons. Learning Coaches are outstanding practitioners who will work closely with you to set weekly targets based upon recent training sessions and your individual needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Art and Design 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.

Personal qualities

We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people.

Other requirements

All applicants will be required to complete an enhanced DBS clearance.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Arthur Terry SCITT “An innovative and collaborative approach to developing outstanding educators” The Arthur Terry School is one of the top performing comprehensive schools in the Birmingham area and the lead school in a successful Multi Academy Trust. All our partnership schools, excel in developing teachers at all stages of their career. As a SCITT and Teaching School Hub for North Birmingham we are looking to train and recruit the very best teachers. Our partnership of schools covers Birmingham, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, offering diverse teaching experiences in both rural and urban settings. We are now recruiting for highly motivated graduates, for both Primary and Secondary, either straight out of University or those looking for a career change, who are committed to inspiring and challenging young people. We are looking for people with excellent subject knowledge, but also the ability to deliver this in an exciting and engaging way. Our course provides Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in association with Birmingham City University (BCU). Further information can be found on (

Interview process

We are looking for highly motivated people who are committed to working with the diverse range of young people in our schools. Successful trainees will need to be reflective, resilient and able to respond to positively to feedback. Trainees will also need to be able to exhibit high levels of emotional intelligence and be real team players. Excellent subject knowledge is desirable but also the ability to deliver this in an engaging and creative way.

Our interview process involves: A twenty minute teaching activity delivered to a small group of children to assess the applicant’s ability to engage with young people and enthuse them about the subject content; a group discussion to evaluate the applicant’s awareness of educational issues and the safeguarding of children; an evaluation of the applicant’s literacy and numeracy skills and a subject knowledge task. Those who are successful in the first stage continue to an individual professional discussion exploring the rationale for wanting to become a teacher and their suitability to enter the profession.

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.

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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

Recruitment and selection procedures are consistent with current Equality legislation. We are an equal opportunities provider and welcome applications from candidates with additional needs.

Contact this training provider

0121 323 2221
Kittoe Road
Four Oaks
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B74 4RZ

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).

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