CREC Early Years Partnership Primary (2MZV)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The CREC Early Years Partnership (CEYP) SCITT programme offers a one-year full-time early primary, school-based route to qualification as a primary or early years teacher with QTS.

The CEYP is based at the St. Thomas Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Birmingham, which is an internationally renowned centre of outstanding early years integrated practice, including research, quality development, and initial and advanced professional development. The SCITT programme will benefit from the direct contributions of Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram from CREC, both well acclaimed and highly experienced teacher educators, and a wider team of early years tutors and placement mentors.

The Partnership which will deliver the programme currently consists of over thirty ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ nursery or primary schools across the West Midlands. The programme will prepare trainees for teaching children aged from 2-7 (including the DfE designated age phases of Foundation Stage (3-5), and KS1 (5-7)).

Trainees are based in schools but attend around 40 days of taught input spread through the year along with opportunities to visit and observe practice at other education providers including special schools, partner primary schools and nursery schools and children’s centres as well as education conferences and CPD training events on safeguarding, paediatric first aid and PE.

All Trainees will complete a PG Cert alongside their QTS and this is accredited by Birmingham City University (but delivered at CREC). This comprises 3 x 3000 word assignments which require Trainees to consider the application of theory to their own classroom practice and their reflections on this process. Trainees have the opportunity to continue their Postgraduate studies and work towards a Masters in following years.

Ofsted has rated the ITT programme as ‘Good’ (2017) and currently has a +95% employment rate for graduates.

School placements

Trainees will spend a total of 135 days in school based training and experience (practising and school staff led) through three extended and continuous placements.

Placements 1 and 3 will take place in the same school (the Trainee’s “Home” school) in a Foundation Stage class (3-5) , where the Trainee will become immersed as a full member of the School’s Foundation Stage team from the beginning to the end of the academic year.

Placement 2 will take place in a linked Primary school with a KS1 class (5-7) in which the Trainee will work alongside an experienced KS1 teacher, gradually assuming more responsibility for teaching and learning within that classroom.

By experiencing a school year from the day children start to the day children leave for their Summer holidays our Trainees are then prepared for what to expect in their NQT year when they’ll have their own class.

When allocating to schools we consider Trainees home locations, travel availability and the right mentor to support a Trainee’s needs as identified at interview. Second placements always take place in a contrasting school to ensure a real breadth of experience is had but even so we look to minimise travel time so as not to add additional difficulty to a challenging, yet rewarding year. We have partner schools across Birmingham, Warwickshire and Solihull which makes this possible.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Birmingham Cluster
Bell Barn Road, Lee Bank, Birmingham, B15 2AF
Solihull schools cluster
Various, B90 4EH
Warwickshire & Coventry schools cluster
Bedworth Heath Nursery School, Glebe Avenue, Bedworth, Warwickshire, CV12 0DP

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

While we do not offer our own equivalency testing we accept several recognised tests and those of other ITT providers. We recommend that you enquire with us first before choosing a test to make sure we will accept it.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who not only meet the minimum entry requirements, but who can also demonstrate suitability to train to teach. We are looking for the following skills, qualities and experience:

A commitment to teaching and learning, particularly with reference to the Early Years; Understanding of children as learners; Understanding of educational issues; Recent experience of working with children/young people in an early years setting/school/out-of-school provision; A satisfactory standard of written and spoken English; Ability to use ICT; Ability to establish effective working relationships; Ability to take responsibility for their own professional development; Resilience.

Other requirements

DBS clearance, and ‘fitness to work’ occupational health checks will be carried out prior to commencing the course.

Although there is no minimum requirement for work experience in schools/early years settings we do expect applicants to be able to describe and reflect upon the way in which schools and teachers operate and how children learn.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

This fee includes all costs associated with working towards QTS and PG Cert accreditation.

About the training provider

We offer a one-year full-time school-based route to becoming a qualified primary teacher with a specialism in early years (3-7 years old).

Our core aim is to help you become a confident, knowledgeable and highly employable teacher with a passion for working with young children to give them the best starting point in life, whatever their circumstances.

Our high-quality mentors and tutors have extensive practical experience and will help you succeed by offering consistent guidance and personalised support throughout the course.

Alongside the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), this course also carries a PG Cert awarded by Birmingham City University.

Our partner schools include primary and nursery schools from across Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire. ​ The course has been devised to develop high quality teachers to work in EYFS and Key Stage 1, in addition to covering all Teaching Standards, the training includes an emphasis on multi-agency working, leadership in the EYFS, working with 2 year olds, SEN/D, and practitioner research.

The SCITT programme benefits from the direct contributions of Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram from CREC, both highly experienced teacher educators, and a wider team of early years and primary specialists and placement mentors. This course also carries Postgraduate Accreditation (60 Masters Credits) awarded by Birmingham City University.

Interview process

If selected for interview you will be invited to either our Lead School, St Thomas Centre Nursery School in central Birmingham or one of our partner schools across Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire. There you will be asked to undertake a three part process to help us identify if you have the potential to be a Trainee Teacher with us.

You’ll be:

observed working with a Foundation Phase group; asked to read and respond to some classroom data; interview by a small panel made up of SCITT staff and school leaders.

Applicants are informed within one working day and everyone is given feedback. Successful applicants will also be given targeted activities to complete before commencing the course to ensure that they are as prepared as possible.

All offers are made subject to applicants obtaining satisfactory DBS clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

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

Just as we see all children as individuals, we see out Trainees in the same way and offer individualised support and make reasonable adjustments to allow access to learning and practice. Each person’s needs will be different and we will be guided by individuals as to best they can be supported.

We can draw upon colleagues at Birmingham City University where all Trainees are registered for their academic qualification and access their Student Support Team for specialist advice.

Contact this training provider

0121 464 0020
St. Thomas Children's Centre, Bell Barn Road
West Midlands
b15 2af

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.

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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