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Bromsgrove Primary Alliance Primary (39Z4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Age Range 3-7 years or 5-11 years This programme is based on a shared vision for educational excellence between BCU and BPTSA. Trainees on the programme benefit from working with outstanding teachers in schools and at University. The school based elements of the programme allow trainees opportunities to spend time in school and to make links between their observations and experiences and the taught programme in university. In school, trainees will be provided with a variety of opportunities to observe best practice which addresses the trainees’ development needs. This is a full-time, one-year course focused either on the 5-11 or the 3-7 age range. The course has been designed towards a more schools-led approach to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with the placement aspects of the programme ensuring a strong alignment between the university-based and school-based elements. The programme features four strands:

  • Core (English, Mathematics and Science and/or the prime and specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum)
  • Professional Studies
  • Foundation (all other National curriculum subjects and RE and/or the prime and specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum)
  • School Based Training. These strands are developed throughout the year of study to enable trainees to build up their knowledge, understanding and skills in each key area.

Trainees will also develop their teaching skills through carefully designed School Based Training (SBT) experiences (120 days school based training).The work undertaken in school is closely aligned to the academic modules. The programme is designed to recognise that trainees develop their understanding and skills of teaching gradually. The first block of university teaching prepares trainees for their first teaching block placement. In the first block practice trainees will plan and develop their teaching with support from the class teacher The second block of university teaching allows trainees to reflect upon their experiences in school and prepare them for subsequent placements. Your final block practice will involve trainees taking responsibility for teaching about 80% of the class timetable. Towards the end of this practice (SBT2) trainees will be summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and graded as pass or fail. All trainees will complete module assessments for the three credit bearing modules which must be passed - all are marked in percentages. The remaining non-credit bearing module will be assessed through teaching practice against the DfE Teachers’ Standards (2012).

School placements

Candidates will have two placements throughout the year. The main one will be for the majority of the year in the same class, in the same school. This will be called their ‘home school.’ Where possible, the second placement will be shorter and in a different school and a different key stage to their home school placement, providing candidates with a varied experience. Where it is not possible to provide candidates with a second school, they will remain in the ‘home school’ but in a different key stage.

Placement schools in the alliance are:

Charford First School. This is a large 3 form entry first school in Bromsgrove, taking children up to Year 4, with a large Early Years department with nurseries for 2 year olds, rising 3s and 3 year olds.

Blackwell First School. This is a small one form entry first school in the village of Blackwell, with 150 children on roll, taking children up to Year 4. The school also a forest school nursery.

Catshill First School. This is a 2 form entry first school in Bromsgrove, taking children up to Year 4. It also has a Nursery. Catshill First is also federated with Catshill Middle School.

Catshill Middle School. This Bromsgrove school takes children from Year 5 up to Year 8 (ages 9 to 13). It is federated with Catshill First School.

Anderton Park Primary School . This is a large multicultural school in Birmingham, taking children up to Year 6. There is also a Nursery on site.

Franche Primary School. This is a large 4 form entry school in Kidderminster, taking children from 3 months to 11 years.

Crown Meadow First School. This is a two form entry first school in Alvechurch, taking children up to Year 4. It also has a Nursery.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Blackwell First School
St Catherines Road, Blackwell, B60 1BN
Catshill First School
Gibb Lane, Bromsgrove, B61 0JP
Catshill Middle School
Meadow Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0JW
Crown Meadow First School
Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7TA
Franche Primary School
Chestnut Grove, Kidderminster, DY11 5QB
Main Site, Charford First School
Charford Road, Charford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3NH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Entry requirements and pre-requisites are as follows:

  • GCSE passes at Grade 4, C or above/or equivalent for English, Maths and Science
  • Degree classification 2:2 and above
  • Enhanced DBS clearance

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates that have a genuine passion for teaching, with a commitment to the value of education for all children.

Candidates should also value the whole child and the communities in which they live.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

BPTSA is committed to providing high quality teacher training. Our vision is for trainees to become committed, confident and creative primary school teachers who are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to lead the learning for a range of learners.

BPTSA is an alliance of a wide range of schools, offering candidates opportunities to train in schools with a range of different catchments, contexts and sizes, enabling students a broad learning experience. Alliance schools vary from small rural village schools to large inner city schools.

All of the schools within the alliance have a proven track record of providing highly effective professional development with a strong focus on teaching and learning. Candidates will be given the opportunity to discuss placements on interview.

All candidates will be placed alongside good or outstanding teachers and will be given opportunities to plan, assess and teach with highly skilled practitioners. BPTSA will provide you with an experienced school-based mentor who will meet with you on a regular basis to plan your next steps.

Interview process

We review all applications to assess eligibility and potential suitability for the programme to which a candidate is applying. We recruit and fill places from when UCAS opens in October, so do not delay in submitting your application.

We work with our university partners to co-ordinate the recruitment process and hold interviews on a regular basis. Interviews will be held in one of the alliance schools, where possible with representatives from BCU and BPTSA. Where this is not possible, interviews will be held virtually.

The interview consists of an observed teaching activity, involving a small group of children, where we gauge your ability to interact with children. You will be given information about this in advance. There is also a set of formal interview questions where we evaluate your experience of working with children to date, your subject knowledge, and your commitment to, and understanding of, the role of a trainee and teacher.

We will also ask you to complete a written task and give a short presentation on a given topic.

These interviews will help us to assess your suitability for the course applied for and to work with you to discuss school placement requirements.

Training with disabilities and other needs

BPTSA is committed to meeting the needs of all candidates, including those with a disability. As the alliance has a wide range of schools to choose from, we would work in consultation with you to provide you with a placement that would best support your needs.

Contact this training provider

0121 445 6586
Bromsgrove Primary Teaching School Alliance
St Catherine's Road
Blackwell, Bromsgrove
B60 1BN

Support and advice

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