The Beach Teaching School
Primary (2YQN)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The School Direct training programme is for graduates who want to train as part of the school team; you will undertake the Autumn and summer term placement in one school and during the Spring term be placed in a contrasting school and year group within the Beach Teaching School Alliance consortium.

All School Direct trainees will be required to complete a PGCE alongside their training; this is awarded by the University of Worcester. The majority of the Taught sessions are held at Dillington House.

The taught sessions are broken down into the following modules:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice
  • Subject Studies (English, Maths, Science, Foundation and cross- curricular approaches)
  • Subject Specialist Research (Assessment)
  • School Experience

There will be a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods including lectures, workshops, peer group activities, seminars, directed reading, independent research, directed study, presentations, tutorials, fieldwork and use of both formative and summative assessment which draw upon evidence, reflection, analysis and evaluations.

In relation to teaching and learning strategies each modules will enable trainees to aspire to be autonomous learners; provide a programme which embraces key/transferable skills; disseminate good practice in learning and teaching; support trainees of varying experiences, needs and backgrounds and monitor the quality of their experience. Trainees will be expected to develop critical and evaluative understanding of the processes and practice of effective learning through demonstration of knowledge, skills and understanding related to high quality and effective practice. trainees will develop a clear framework for their own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards their practice, showing an articulation of the interdependent relationship of practice and theory.

Interview process

Short listed applicants are invited to attend our virtual selection day.

This involves a children’s book activity, interview, presentation, group activity and written reflective piece. This is a thorough and rigorous procedure that enables us to ensure we select the very best trainees for our pupils.

The process is also an opportunity for you to find out more about Bournville Primary School and Somerset SCITT, to ensure that we are the best provider to support you in becoming an expert teacher.

How school placements work

The School Direct training programme is for graduates who want to train as part of the school team; you will undertake the Autumn and summer term placement in one school and during the Spring term be placed in a contrasting school and year group within the partner consortium. The course runs in line with the school terms in Somerset.

You will attend a minimum of 45 training days.


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.



Entry requirements:

An honours degree from a UK higher education institution or NARIC approved equivalent

You will require GCSE grade 4/C or above in English Language, Maths and a Science subject.

We accept applications from candidates who are currently studying for any of the above qualifications; however any offers made would be conditional on achieving the required grade.

Personal qualities

We believe that good teachers make a crucial difference to children’s outcomes and well being and so we are looking for people who can inspire and motivate young learners.

We are looking for people who have a passion and commitment to become the best teacher they can be.

We are dedicated to making a difference and our impact-focused provision seeks to inspire trainees to inspire the pupils they teach.

Other requirements

You will be asked to complete an application for Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) check and will require appropriate ID and documents for this.

You will be asked to complete an Occupational Health form/self-declaration about your fitness and wellness to teach.

You have a strong commitment to Early Years/Primary education and have spent time working (either paid or on a voluntary capacity) in a primary school setting.

About the training provider

The BEACH Teaching School Alliance was founded by teachers, for teachers at Bournville Primary School in 2016 to offer support and deliver professional development opportunities to teachers and schools around the UK. We are based in the South West and are committed to providing high quality Initial Teacher Training encompassing:

  • training and hands on experience of working with disadvantaged pupils. *additional research based training encompassing pedagogy
  • behaviour management training
  • An accreditation for a two and a half day Learning Outside the Classroom course.

You will train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.

Please contact us for an informal chat or to arrange a visit. THEBEACHTSA.CO.UK

Apply online at and select The Beach Teaching School

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Beach Teaching School provides teacher training across 7 schools. Accessibility in 3 of these schools is excellent for those with physical disabilities.

We are able to cater for candidates with a variety of different needs in a supportive and caring environment.

Contact details

The School House
Selworthy Road
North Somerset
BS23 3ST


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Selworthy Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3ST
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