Barr Beacon SCITT
Mathematics (2X2K)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Your journey to becoming a teacher begins with a detailed pre-course induction. In May and June you will be enrolled onto our evening webinars and in July you’ll take part in our full-day pre-course induction. This will introduce you to the course, the SCITT team and your fellow trainee teachers.

You’ll start your training with us in September 2021 and our course is divided into four key phases:

Phase 1 (September - October):

  • During your first week you’ll take part in induction days for the SCITT, your main placement school and the PGCE.
  • You will spend four weeks being immersed in all aspects of school life in a detailed school induction led by your personal mentor.
  • You will begin to teach and build up to 6 hours of solo teaching.
  • Our regular Professional Studies and Subject Studies sessions equip you with the essential skills to teach your subject and manage your classroom effectively.

Phase 2 (October - December):

  • At the heart of our SCITT programme is hands-on experience in schools and classrooms and during this period you will deliver 6 solo and work with colleagues in schools for 9 collaborative lessons.
  • You are given regular feedback on your progress and your teaching from your mentor, your Subject Course Leader and classroom practitioners.

Phase 3 (January - April)

  • You will experience a contrasting school placement.
  • Our on-going Professional Studies and Subject Studies continues your professional development throughout Term 2.
  • Your teaching timetable will increase to 12 hours of solo lessons and 3 hours of collaborative teaching.
  • Your teaching is developed through the continuous support from inspirational classroom practitioners, course leaders and mentors.
  • You will experience a primary school and take part in our carousel weeks where our partner schools expand your professional development through bespoke training opportunities.

Phase 4 (April - July)

  • Your teaching timetable increases to 15 hours of solo lessons.
  • You will have collected evidence throughout the year to show how you are meeting all of the Teachers’ Standards and during this term you will excel with the continued support of your mentors and course leaders.
  • You will have completed your assignments towards your PGCE qualification (delivered in partnership with University of Worcester).
  • We run a range of sessions that prepare you for the transition to your role as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

Interview process

Assessment days will take place with Barr Beacon SCITT and the partner school that you have applied to. Our assessment days allow us to assess whether you have the potential to train with Barr Beacon SCITT. You will complete:

  • A 50-minute assessment of your subject knowledge and a 10-minute assessment of your written English skills.
  • A 60-minute audit of your Fundamental English and mathematics skills.
  • A 15-minute teaching episode, during which you will present a walk-through of a lesson that you have pre-prepared.
  • A 5-minute pre-prepared presentation on a given topic with a short Q&A session.
  • An interview encompassing all aspects of becoming a teacher.

There is an opportunity for you to ask any questions.

You will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness of subject qualifications and knowledge and relevance to the teaching of the subject
  • Capacity to extend subject knowledge
  • Awareness of the role and responsibilities of a teacher and school environments
  • Resilience
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to teaching
  • Awareness of personal strengths and areas of development
  • Ability to engage and enthuse students in the subject
  • Ability to be flexible to meet the needs of the students and manage the learning environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively in standard spoken and written English
  • Awareness of the provider and our programme

We run regular information webinars that offer you an insight into our programme and our schools. You can find upcoming events here.

How school placements work

Trainees applying to Barr Beacon SCITT select a main placement school of preference on their applications. This partner school is known as the trainee’s main placement school. You can view which schools we work with and which subjects they offer here. All of our schools offer these subjects at age range 11-16 (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4), with a Post-16 enhancement available. The only exceptions to this are our Business Studies and Psychology courses which are 14-19 (Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5) where a Key Stage 3 enhancement is possible.

Our trainees are based in their main placement school from September to December (Term 1) and from March to June (Term 3).

From January to March (Term 2) trainees will spend time in a contrasting school placement, sometimes referred to as ‘second placement’. Arrangements for the contrasting placement school are made centrally by the SCITT in a timely manner once the course has commenced. A trainee’s emerging teaching strengths and areas of development, locality and personal circumstances are taken closely into consideration when making these arrangements.

Trainees are supported, developed and assessed by our trained and experienced team of Professional Mentors and Subject Mentors in the same way across all of our placement schools. Additionally, trainees also receive:

  • Central, whole-cohort Professional Studies sessions to learn about the key topics in education
  • Specific Subject Studies sessions, led by a dedicated, subject-specific course leader to impart the pedagogy of teaching your subject
  • The opportunity to be trained on best practice in a range of key areas of teaching in a number schools through our carousel weeks
  • An opportunity to observe Key Stage 2 teaching and consider the Key Stage 2 to 3 transition through a short placement in a primary school.


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

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.



We require the following qualifications for our course:

  • Degree: A UK degree (or equivalent), usually an Honours degree, ideally (but not necessarily) in a subject applicable to your teaching subject. Normally a degree classification of a least a 2:2 is required.

  • GCSEs: At least a Grade C or Grade 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics is essential for all applicants.

For more information please view the Entry Requirements page on our website.

Personal qualities

Full details of the personal qualities that Barr Beacon SCITT trainees have can be found on our website.

Other requirements

At Barr Beacon SCITT we are guided by the DfE’s guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2020) and all offers are subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. This will take the form of a questionnaire prior to the commencement of the course.

All trainees are subject to a prohibition to teach check, a disqualification check and a right to work check. We may contact references for further information.

There is an opportunity at interview to discuss statutory checks in more detail.

About the training provider

Welcome to Barr Beacon SCITT. We are an Ofsted Outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training with a thriving partnership of secondary and primary schools in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. We aim to develop the very best classroom practitioners who will go on to inspire, influence and shape the lives of future generations for years to come. This aim underpins everything about our training programme and we’re incredibly proud of what we do.

At Barr Beacon SCITT we know what it takes to make a great teacher. We offer a well-established training, mentoring and professional development programme which leads to recommendation for QTS and a PGCE with the opportunity to gain up to 60 masters credits.

Our Secondary Training:

  • is a full-time secondary training programme.
  • consists of a main and contrasting placement school, a primary school experience, a carousel week with bespoke training by our partner schools and our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum.
  • The University of Worcester deliver the PGCE sessions on site at Barr Beacon SCITT enabling you to gain a PGCE with up to 60 masters credits.

Our Primary Training:

  • is run in partnership with Ryders Hayes Teaching School.
  • offers full-time or part-time 3-7 and 5-11 programmes.
  • includes a main and contrasting placement school, a secondary school experience, bespoke training opportunities tailored to you and our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum.
  • Birmingham City University delivers the PGCE sessions enabling you to gain a PGCE with up to 60 masters credits

Training with disabilities and other needs

Barr Beacon SCITT is committed to promoting and practicing equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and eliminating harassment and discrimination. We are an inclusive organisation which welcomes and treats both staff and trainees fairly and equally regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic origin or nationality. Our workforce should be representative of the communities we serve.

At Barr Beacon SCITT we provide opportunities for applicants who are attending an assessment day to identify any special arrangements that they may require in advance of this day. Details of how this is done can be found on Page 7 of the assessment day invitation pack that applicants are sent. Trainees can be assured that reasonable adjustments to the assessment process, the course and the documentation will be made to ensure that those trainees with a disability are not disadvantaged.

Contact details

0121 366 6600
Barr Beacon SCITT
Old Hall Lane
West Midlands


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Location Vacancies Code
Bloxwich Academy
Leamore Lane, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 7NR
Yes H
Brownhills Ormiston Academy
Deakin Avenue, Brownhills, Walsall, WS8 7QG
Yes B
Chase Terrace Academy
Bridge Cross Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 2DB
Yes Z
Codsall Community High School
Elliots Lane, Codsall, Staffordshire, WV8 1PQ
Yes C
Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School
Woodbrooke Road, Birmingham, B30 1UL
Yes D
Etone College
Leicester Road, Nuneaton, CV11 6AA
Yes E
Grace Academy Darlaston
Herberts Park Road, Wednesbury, WS10 8QJ
Yes G
Main Site
Old Hall Lane, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 0RF
Yes -
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy
Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall, WS4 1AN
Yes S
Q3 Academy Great Barr
Wilderness Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham, West Midlands, B43 7SD
Yes N

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