The Beach Primary (2YQN)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

Somerset SCITT’s curriculum is based on our INSPIRE principles:

  • Inclusivity

  • Nurturing Behaviour

  • Support and progress of pupils though assessment

  • Promoting high expectations

  • Instilling confidence

  • Response to and critically engage with research and national developments

  • Enhance trainees subject and pedagogical knowledge

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.

School placements

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.

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.

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.

Additional mandatory requirements are:

  • Proof of Identification
  • Suitable references
  • To comply with KCSIE (2022) online search of all shortlisted candidates will be completed.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The BEACH 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 part of the Extend Learning Academies Network Trust which is made up of eight primary schools 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.

Apply online and select The Beach Teaching School

Interview process

Short listed applicants are invited to attend a face to face or virtual interview.

This involves a children’s book activity, interview, presentation, 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.

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

The Beach Teaching School provides teacher training across 8 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 this training provider

01934 427138
The School House
Selworthy Road
North Somerset
BS23 3ST

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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