Prince Albert Junior and Infant School
Primary (39MY)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Birmingham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our School Direct route leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma Primary Education (PGDipEd) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course combines school-based learning coordinated by the ‘Lead School’ with lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the University of Birmingham. Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, student study areas and online learning support There are five main assignment tasks which are submitted throughout the year. These studies must show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. Educational studies are assessed by Professional Tutors and subject to moderation and review.

Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects. Once you have enrolled onto the PGDipEd course, you can opt to specialise either in General Primary ( 5-11 ) years or in Early Years ( 3-7 years ) If you opt to follow the General Primary training route, you will complete 3 school placements across Key Stages 1 and 2. If you opt for the Early Years route instead, your 3 placements will be in Key Stage 1, Nursery and Reception. The early years option includes a specialist study of the early year’s foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. As with all School Direct unsalaried places there is an intention, but no absolute guarantee, that you will be employed in your training school or if not, then a school within the partnership.

On successful completion of your PGDipEd and your NQT year, you may return to study with the UoB on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies

Interview process

The interview process consists of:

  • School walkaround
  • Lesson delivery to a group of either, Year 2 or Year 5 pupils (observed by a member of the senior leadership team)
  • Face to face interview (with at least a UoB representative and a member of the trusts senior leadership team)

Prior to the interview applicants are expected to plan a 45 minute lesson/task for a group of pupils to deliver on the day of the interview.

Following the interview applicants will be contacted via email within 2 working days to notify them of the outcome.

How school placements work

There are five schools, in addition to Prince Albert, involved in our Schools Direct partnership. Four are PACT schools: Heathfield, Highfield, Birchfield and Sutton Park Primary.

Heathfield is a vibrant, friendly 2-form entry, which is approximately 1.5 miles from Prince Albert. Their expectations are high, both in work and behaviour and they do their utmost to ensure a world class education is given to each and every one of their children.

Highfield is 4-form entry and is approximately 5miles from Prince Albert and serves a highly diverse community. It is innovative in its approach to teaching and learning and has an incredibly friendly staff and atmosphere. The school has recently been graded as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Birchfield joined the trust in 2018 and is a friendly 3-form entry . It is approximately 1 mile from Prince Albert and is located in close proximity to the Trust Head Office. It is a vibrant and friendly school where relationships matter. The staff team are committed to providing children with a high quality curriculum and education in a caring and nurturing environment.

Sutton Park Primary is the newest school to join the trust. It is located in Sutton Coldfield and is in close proximity to the trusts second head office base. The school hosts lots of outdoor space, including an outdoor gym for the children to play on.

Our diverse group of schools mean that students will be able to experience the full breadth of primary school life and work with a variety of communities across Birmingham, adding depth to their learning.

Placement key features:

  • Trainees start on a 50% teaching commitment in term 1, increasing to 70% by term 3.
  • 6-week second school placement; (usually undertaken in the second half of the Spring Term)
  • Lesson Observations: 1 per week (minimum); Mentor meetings: 1 per week; 6 review points through the year
  • Assignments: 5 across the year – titles are clarified upon commencement
  • Regular University tutor observations/visits to support schools and trainees’ development.
  • Trainees complete reflective E-portfolio


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.



Schools work with University of Birmingham in the process of interviewing and selecting candidates but all applicants must meet the standard entry requirements. You should be a graduate, with a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. This should be of a 2:2 or above, and in some cases, a 2:1 might be preferred.

You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

In addition, it is expected that you have some experience of working in schools and have an understanding of issues in education.

Personal qualities

In addition to the minimum entry requirements, our Partnership applies the following selection criteria in order to judge whether an applicant may be offered a place on the course:

a) The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English.

b) Some practical, recent school-based experience.

c) Details of appropriate referees who will provide confirmation of the applicant’s suitability for teaching.

d) The ability to cope with the demands and rigours of the profession.

e) Evidence of appropriate levels of commitment and motivation for successful study, including the intellectual capacity for academic study at Master’s level.

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be subject to a criminal record and enhanced DBS check

About the training provider

At the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) we believe in the power of education to transform lives. We also believe that in order to provide the best possible education for our pupils, we must provide exceptional professional learning and development for our staff. We offer a comprehensive package of support for colleagues at all levels from trainees to senior leadership. Our Schools Direct programme provides trainees the opportunity to work with experienced and highly developed teachers from across the Trust.

The PACT is made up of 5 primary schools in Birmingham. The lead school, Prince Albert Primary was graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2015. Prince Albert is an innovative, forward thinking school that aims to provide pupils with a range of enriching learning experiences alongside academic success. Prince Albert is an ‘Inclusion Centre of Excellence’ and the Trust is also a Bell Foundation Centre of Excellence for EAL provision. These reflect the excellent inclusive practice that characterises all of the schools in the Trust. Our schools work very closely together, sharing staff expertise, resources and a shared vision and ethos. We place great emphasis on both pupil and staff well-being.

At our Trust, we understand that for many of our children education is their only opportunity for real social mobility. We have exceptionally high expectations for them, building their resilience and imbuing in them a passion for learning. We are looking for applicants who will inspire and motivate our children and share our passion for changing lives for the better.

About the accredited body

The School Direct route leads to a Post Graduate Diploma Primary Education with QTS.

UoB has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as ‘outstanding’ 3times by Ofsted affirming the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions teacher training.

The course combines phase, curriculum and learning and teaching expertise of specialist tutors and seconded teachers at the University along with school-based colleagues.

The university has a diverse postgraduate community, with students from all walks of life and different backgrounds. Postgraduates have a distinctive voice and are highly valued members of the University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At the Prince Albert Community Trust, we are committed to a fully inclusive Schools Direct programme, ensuring that candidates with disabilities and other needs are fully supported. We would consider the needs of each individual and make whatever reasonable adjustments that are needed to ensure that each applicant can fully access the programme. For example, we would ensure that our accessibility plans reflect the changing needs as they become known. In addition to this, we would conduct personal accessibility audits to ensure that students are working in suitable and safe environments.

Contact details

Unity House
27 Trinity Road
B6 6AJ


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