Prince Albert Junior and Infant School Primary (39MY)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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

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


Course summary

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.

In school, you will learn from a range of experienced practitioners, particulary your personal mentor who will support you on daily basis. Mentors are also supported by a nominated induction tutor who ensures that all your training needs are met.

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. Here you will be provided with pastoral, academic and professional support.

There are four 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. If you enrol onto the SD PGDipEd course you will follow the General Primary training route ( 5- 11 ) You will complete 2 school attachments across Key Stages 1 and 2 which will take place in 2 different schools across the trust.

On successful completion of your PGDipEd and your ECT induction period, you may return to study with the University on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.

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.

School placements

In addition to Prince Albert, there are 4 schools involved in our Schools Direct partnership - 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 5 miles 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 Heathfield. 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 primary school to join the trust. It is located in Sutton Coldfield and is in close proximity to one of the trusts 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:

  • Ongoing support from school based mentors / induction tutor
  • Trainees start on a 50% teaching commitment in term 1, increasing to 70% by term 3.
  • Extended second school attachment; (usually undertaken in the Spring / Summer term)
  • Lesson Observations: 1 per week (minimum); Mentor meetings: 1 per week; 6 review points through the year
  • Assignments: 4 across the year – English, Maths, Science & assessment and behaviour management
  • Regular University tutor observations/visits to support schools and trainees’ development.
  • Trainees complete reflective E-portfolio

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

In addition, our Partnership applies the following criteria in order to judge whether an applicant may be offered a place:

  • The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English.
  • Some practical, recent school-based experience is beneficial
  • Details of appropriate referees ( from a professional establishment ) who will provide confirmation of the applicant’s suitability for teaching.
  • The ability to cope with the demands and rigours of the profession.
  • 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

Fees and financial support

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

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

Financial support from the training provider

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

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 University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as ‘outstanding’ 3 times by Ofsted affirming the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions teacher training. Their employability statistics are amongst the very best in the country ( 97 % of SD students secured a teaching post in years 18/19 & 19/20) and a significant proportion of those who train with them complete their Master’s degree (Teaching Studies) and move on to middle or senior leadership in schools.

Interview process

All interviews will be held in school. There are some pre – interview tasks that will be an essential part of the process.

Prior to the interview applicants will:

  • be sent a short article about behaviour. They will be asked to talk about it during the interview.
  • be asked to prepare a short session where they will read a book / extract suitable for either Y2 or Y5 pupils. ( applicant’s choice )
  • then be asked to consider a short 15 min learning activity with the children that follows on from the book / extract.
  • be advised to view the websites of the schools within the partnership to gain an insight into school life at PACT

Interview date: You will be invited to attend an interview at one of our schools which will be led by some members of the Trusts Senior Leadership Team. You will:

  • complete your reading activity with elected year group
  • describe and engage in discussion about your follow up learning activity
  • be asked set questions
  • be required to talk about the article and be prepared to answer questions on it
  • have the opportunity to ask any questions yourself

Following the interview, applicants will be contacted via the University of Birmingham via email to let them know if PACT will be offering a place. Any formal offers of a place will then come from the University.

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

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 this training provider

0121 464 6474
Unity House
27 Trinity Road
B6 6AJ

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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