Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust Primary (N434)

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

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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
19 months
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
January 2024


Course summary

The University of Worcester offers trainee teachers:

  • High-quality programmes and excellent innovative, research-informed teaching
  • 60 credits at Masters level
  • An internationally-respected route into a career in teaching
  • Personalised levels of academic and teaching support from University tutors and school mentors
  • Academic staff with excellent research/publication profiles
  • Support for newly-qualified teacher induction
  • A beautiful, riverside cathedral city located 30 miles south west of Birmingham with excellent transport links

The course offers:

  • School experience in different primary settings
  • Excellent preparation to teach all National Curriculum subjects
  • Opportunity to train as a teacher in the primary phase on a part time basis
  • A grounding in primary pedagogy across the whole curriculum
  • Research-informed teaching

During the course, you will:

  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in classroom settings
  • Manage different patterns of organisation and styles of teaching to best support effective learning and provide equality of opportunity for all children
  • Develop an understanding of SEND through the application of inclusive teaching practices
  • Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and teaching competence which will enable you to observe, plan, teach, organise and assess children’s progress and learning across the full primary range
  • Develop a clear framework for your own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards your practice
  • Evaluate sequences of learning and their impact on pupil progress, linking it to current education research Indicative course structure (subject to adaptation):
  • The Developing Teacher: Covers a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding required to be an effective, self-evaluating practitioner
  • The Learning Child: Covers learning theories, child development and subject pedagogies within the primary curriculum including English, mathematics, science and computing, art, design and technology, geography, history, languages, music, PE, RE and PSHE
  • Life In School: School Experience with 120-days minimum in school in line with current Department for Education guidance to achieve Qualified Teacher Status
  • Most weeks will be for three days with a mixture of school placement and university lectures.

Assessment: In addition to the module assignments and individual subject tasks, you demonstrate competency against the Teachers’ Standards during your school experience, all of which combine as components towards your final award.

School placements

You’ll be placed in schools for most of your course. Your school placements will be within commuting distance. You can’t pick which schools you want to be in, but your university will try to take your journey time into consideration. Universities can work with over 100 potential placement schools. Most will be within 10 miles of the university, but sometimes they can cover a wider area, especially outside of cities. We work very closely with our extensive range of partnership schools, to provide you with high quality, carefully chosen placements that, alongside your taught programme, prepare you for your first teaching post and Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction period.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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

Successful candidates will display a range of professional and personal characteristics including:

  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team and a commitment to collaborative practice
  • The ability to critically reflect on developing professional practice
  • The ability to engage in high level professional discourse regarding the theory and practice of teaching and learning
  • Excellent levels of oral, written and presentational communication skills
  • The ability to engage, motivate and inspire the hearts and minds of young learners
  • Perseverance, resilience and autonomy as a learner A dedication to research-informed teaching

Other requirements

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the Regulatory Body requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. School experience is not essential prior to an interview but may support you in your decision to study this programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,800

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying. Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances. If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. More information and guidance on costs are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial support from the government You may 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:

About the training provider

Why train with us? Bengeworth Multi -Academy Trust is a dynamic and vibrant school where every child acquires a high quality education and an unforgettable childhood experience. We provide a happy, safe and caring environment where each person feels valued and excellence and enjoyment are embedded. We all choose to be here, children and staff alike, demonstrating mutual respect, a desire to learn and a zest for life through aspiration, determination and fulfillment. The multi-academy trust provides outstanding training for those aspiring to provide children with an outstanding education through school based learning opportunities, in partnership with the University of Worcester.

The Primary course will be run by Bengeworth CE Academy in partnership with the University of Worcester, with main teaching placements taking place in one of the excellent First Schools within the area. The multi-academy trust works closely with schools within the alliance which means it can offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences for trainees, wishing to train within the age range of 5-11. The professional studies elements of the course will be coordinated by Bengeworth CE Academy, the lead school, and will provide a range of training opportunities to enhance teaching and learning skills across the settings within the alliance.

Bengeworth CE Academy is an outstanding first school where it’s pupils learn at a rapid pace and make outstanding progress. Above all, the schools within the Bengeworth CE Multi-Academy Trust alliance are committed to ensuring all learners will develop into valuable members of the community.

Interview process

Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process that includes an initial check to ensure that all entry requirements are met. At interview, you may be asked to:

  • Complete tasks to establish subject knowledge in English and maths
  • Engage in observed professional discussions on a current educational topic
  • Engage in discussion with primary lecturers/school partners on a range of education-related questions
  • You will be encouraged to discuss current issues in primary and/or early years education, policy and practice Applicants invited for interview will receive a comprehensive interview pack with detailed information about the day. We want all our applicants to feel prepared and ready for the interview process. Applicants will be informed of the interview panel’s decision once all the necessary paperwork has been processed. Applicants can track their progress through the UCAS website. References: For your application, you will need two references.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Bengeworth Multi Academy Trust and the schools within the alliance are inclusive schools that endeavour to meet the needs of trainees and pupils with disabilities and other needs.

Please contact Bengeworth Multi Academy Trust to discuss how your individual needs or disability can be best met within your training.

Contact this training provider

Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust
Kings Road
WR11 3EU

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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