Warwickshire Early Years Hub Primary (3B3B)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
CREC Early Years Partnership
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
2 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

This course will give you the skills to teach children during their most important phases of development. You will access a one year, full-time, Early Years, school based route to qualification as an Early Years or Primary Teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a specialist focus on 2-7 years (including the DfE designated age phase of Foundation Stage (3-5yrs), and KS1 (5-7yrs). Along with covering all Teaching Standards, the training includes an emphasis on multi-agency working, leadership in the EYFS, working with 2-year olds, SEND and practitioner research. It benefits from direct contributions from highly experienced teacher educators and a team of EY specialists and placement mentors. The SCITT programme encompasses an induction and four accredited modules delivered by the CREC Early Years Partnership (CEYP) through 40 days of face to face teaching at the CREC base in Birmingham and directed study. They are taught at level 7 and will provide the knowledge required to teach the Foundation Stage and KS1 Curriculum and the professional/pedagogic skills required to lead children’s learning across the Foundation years and KS1. Your school based training will take place in a range of good and outstanding schools and you will experience placements across Coventry and Warwickshire Nursery, Infant and Primary Schools for a total of 135 days on the job training. You will complete an EYFS placement in your ‘home’ school and placements in KS1 in a ‘host’ school. There is also an opportunity to access specialist placement days, for example observing practice in a special school. On completion of the course, successful trainees will have met requirements of the Teacher Standards (2012) and will be able to demonstrate understanding and application of reflective practice and practitioner research. Trainees will complete their PG Cert alongside their QTS and this is accredited by Birmingham City University (but delivered at CREC). This comprises 3 x 3000 word assignments which require Trainees to consider the application of theory to their own classroom practice and their reflections on this process. Trainees will have also gained 60 credits towards a masters level qualification. Ofsted has rated the ITT programme as ‘Good’ (2017), with almost all successful graduates securing their first teaching role within 6 months of completing the course.

School placements

The Warwickshire Early Years Hub has 11 members and additional strong links with other Warwickshire and Coventry schools. We place trainees in schools that are either good or outstanding and where we are confident you will be supported by experienced and highly professional school mentors. We will always try and place you in schools that suit your circumstances and your training needs. Your ‘home’ school for the autumn and summer term will be in a Foundation Stage class, where you will become immersed as a full member of the EYFS team from the beginning to the end of the academic year. Your spring term will be spent at a ‘host’ school, which will provide you with Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7 years) experience. You will work alongside an experienced KS1 teacher, gradually assuming more responsibility for teaching and learning within that classroom. You will be supported by a school mentor during each of these phases to help you meet the course expectations and to provide guidance. There will be specialist visits to complement your training and match your particular areas for development or interest.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
CEYP, St. Thomas Nursery School and Children’s Centre
Bell Barn Road , Lee Bank, Attwood Green, Birmingham, West Midlands , B15 2AF
Main Site
(WEYH) Kenilworth Nursery School & Early Years Teaching Centre, Bertie Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1JP

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

For candidates who need to undertake equivalency tests we will direct them to undertake these with Birmingham City University and can provide the relevant information.

Personal qualities

We are seeking trainees who can demonstrate:

  • A commitment to teaching and learning and a passion for Early Years.
  • An understanding of children as learners.
  • Recent experience of working with young children in an early years setting.
  • An understanding of educational issues and a clear educational philosophy.
  • An ability to establish effective working relationships.
  • A good standard of written and spoken English.
  • Commitment to progressing and taking responsibility for your own professional development.
  • An understanding of the demands of this school based route, an ability to work under pressure and emotional resilience.

Other requirements

Although there is no minimum requirement for work experience in schools we do expect applicants to be able to describe and reflect upon the way in which schools and teachers operate and how children learn. We would recommend that you undertake some form of classroom experience (particularly in the Early Years) to support your application. DBS clearance, and ‘fitness to work’ occupational health checks will be carried out prior to commencing the course.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Warwickshire Early Years Hub (WEYH), together with the CREC Early Years Partnership (CEYP) are committed to providing high quality teacher training experiences that allow a PGCE qualification with specialism in Early Education to be gained through a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme. We provide access to a range of Primary, Infant and Maintained Nursery Schools across Coventry and Warwickshire who are all highly skilled in supporting teacher training with qualified mentors. You will gain excellent EYs and KS1 experience for the foundations of your teaching career. The WEYH is an Early Years Hub with 11 members, including 6 nursery schools, infant and primary schools. We tap into the expertise of our nursery school members to add additional pedagogical input into your programme and can flexibly respond to your needs through the course to add extra support where required. If you really enjoy working with young children, feel passionate about making a difference in their lives and about teaching, then this course is ideal for you. It will equip you with the skills to work with young children during some of their most crucial stages of development and provide an invaluable foundation for your teaching career.

About the accredited body

The CEYP comprises the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) in Birmingham, St Thomas Centre Nursery School, an EY Hub and a range of ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ schools. CREC specialises in early childhood research which informs and influences the quality of early childhood provision. They have been undertaking national and international, large and small-scale research for over 20 years, generating knowledge which has applications for EY policy and practice. The programme benefits from the contributions of Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram, both highly experienced, nationally recognised teacher educators, and a wider team of EY and primary specialists.

Interview process

Once your application is submitted, your application will be reviewed by the Early Years Hub team. Your suitability to teach will be assessed via an interview, Criminal Records Check (DBS) and references. The interview process involves various stages across a half-day session. You will be asked to lead a small group of children aged 3-4 years for 20 minutes and provide a lesson plan that explains the learning opportunities the children will access. You will then be given a further 10 minutes to reflect upon and evaluate the session and make brief notes that we will ask you to present to the interview panel. You will then take part in a 30 minute interview with a range of questions covering your understanding of the role of the teacher and your motivation to train to teach and become a teacher. You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions at this point regarding the course or the process. All candidates are then asked to complete a straight-forward timed exercise with questions relating to data in EY and one final question asking for reflections on practice. Applicants are given feedback and notification is given via the DfE of the outcome of the selection process. Successful applicants will usually be given targeted activities to complete before commencing, to ensure that they are as equipped and prepared as possible to successfully complete the course. All offers are made subject to applicants obtaining DBS and Occupational Health clearance.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We aim to provide an accessible, inclusive course which is open to anyone applying with a disability. We can be flexible to support candidates who have additional needs and make reasonable adjustments to allow access to learning and practice. Trainees will be able to access the Student Support Team at Birmingham City University (where all Trainees are registered for their academic qualification) for specialist advice.

Contact this training provider

01926 853394
Kenilworth Nursery School & Early Years Teaching Centre
Bertie Road

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.

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