Bromsgrove Primary Teaching School Alliance
Primary (U285)

PGCE with QTS part 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.

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


About the course

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 part-time route for our Primary General PGCE (5 – 11 years). The part-time route might be ideal for you if you are looking to change career, to earn while you learn or if, for personal circumstances, you are unable to pursue a teacher training programme on a full-time basis. The part time route will be offered as Primary General 5 to 11 or 3 to 7 and will run from September 2021 to July 2023. The part of the PGCE programme taught at Birmingham City University (City South Campus, Edgbaston) will generally run on two days per week across the first and second years. During those training days across the two years, you will be taught three different modules:- Core Curriculum Foundation Curriculum Professional Studies and Leadership You will complete assignments for each of these modules. The submission of these is spread across the two years of the course. The school-based training days are generally over a fixed number of days each week during the period of the year when you are not in university sessions. You will need to complete 120 days in school with a fairly equal split across the two years. While the majority of your time on placement will be on part-time basis, each year of the course you will need to spend at least two to four weeks in your placement school on a full-time basis so that you can experience teaching for a block of time and experience all aspects of school life.

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 with representatives from BCU and BPTSA, where possible. 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.

How school placements work

Candidates will have two placements across the two years. 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.’ 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 for candidates to move school, they will remain in their 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.


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.



Qualifications 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.

Personal qualities

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 will have a positive outlook. Candidates should also value the whole child and the communities in which they live.

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.

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 details

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


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Anderton Park Primary School
Dennis Road, Birmingham, B12 8BL
Yes A
Blackwell First School
St Catherines Road, Blackwell, B60 1BN
Yes B
Catshill First School
Gibb Lane, Bromsgrove, B61 0JP
Yes Z
Catshill Middle School
Meadow Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0JW
Yes 4
Crown Meadow First School
Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7TA
Yes Y
Franche Primary School
Chestnut Grove, Kidderminster, DY11 5QB
Yes 6
Main Site, Charford First School
Charford Road, Charford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3NH
Yes -

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