Barr Beacon SCITT
Primary (Y576)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Barr Beacon SCITT 5-11 primary programme is led by Ryders Hayes Teaching School. Ryders Hayes is a National Teaching School with a strong culture of developing and nurturing trainee teachers. They have a partnership of local good and outstanding schools which creates a strong and diverse SCITT partnership.

Your journey to becoming a teacher begins with a carefully planned 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 initial weeks on the course you’ll take part in induction days for the SCITT, your main placement school and the PGCE.
  • You will spend Phase 1 being immersed in all aspects of school life in a detailed, hands-on school induction led by your personal mentor.
  • You will begin a personalised build-up to 50% of whole class teaching.
  • Regular Professional Studies sessions are delivered by expert facilitators and equip you with essential teaching and learning skills.

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 build up to 50% whole class teaching and take part in collaborative teaching experiences.
  • You receive a bespoke training package, which includes additional support in specialist subjects, promotes access to all aspects of school life.

Phase 3 (January - April)

  • You will experience a contrasting school placement.
  • Our on-going Professional Studies continues your professional development throughout Term 2.
  • Your teaching timetable will increase to 60% whole class teaching by the end of Phase 3.
  • You will focus on group-work and interventions

Phase 4 (April - July)

  • Your teaching timetable increases to 80% whole class teaching by the end of Phase 4
  • You will have collected evidence throughout the year to show how you are meeting all of the Teachers’ Standards
  • You will have completed your assignments towards your PGCE qualification (in partnership with Birmingham City University).
  • 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 Ryders Hayes Teaching School. Our assessment days allow us to assess whether you have the potential to train with Barr Beacon SCITT. You will complete:

  • A 60-minute assessment of your primary national curriculum knowledge, which includes an 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 qualifications and knowledge and relevance to primary teaching
  • 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
  • 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

We offer primary training programmes in the age ranges 3-7 (Programme Code D101) or 5-11 (Programme Code Y576). Please make sure you have applied for the correct programme. You can also choose from a full-time or a part-time course.

Trainees apply to Barr Beacon SCITT and assessment days will be carried out by Ryders Hayes on behalf of Barr Beacon SCITT. Ryders Hayes allocate trainees a placement school within the SCITT partnership. We strongly believe in creating a ‘best fit’ between the host school and the trainee, in the belief that they are one of the staff team and a potential employee.

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 school placement are made centrally by the SCITT/Ryders Hayes in a timely manner once the course has commenced. A trainee’s emerging strengths and areas of development, locality and personal circumstances are taken closely into consideration when making these decisions.

Trainees are supported, developed and assessed by our expert team of mentors in the same way across all of our placement schools. Additionally trainees receive:

  • Training in a diverse range of educational settings, including regular training at Ryders Hayes from expert facilitators, providing a detailed ‘hands-on’ school-based experience.
  • A bespoke training package for each trainee, including additional support in specialist subjects to promote access to all aspects of school life.

Additional information for our part-time courses:

  • Our part-time programme covers the same content as the one year full-time route spread across a two year route, with adjusted placement timings to account for the part-time nature of the course allowing for continuation of part-time employment whilst training.


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

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.



We require the following qualifications for our course:

  • Degree: A UK degree (or equivalent), usually an Honours degree, 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, Mathematics and Science 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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Ryders Hayes Primary School
Gilpin Crescent, Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands, WS3 4HX
Yes R

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