The Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance
Primary (3B3B)

QTS full time

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 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
August 2021


About the course

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, SEN/D 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 and 10 days of placements 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) and currently has a 100% employment rate for graduates.

Interview process

Once your application is submitted, your application will be reviewed by the teaching school team. Your suitability to teach will be assessed via an interview, Criminal Records Check (DBS) and references. The interview process has now been adapted in the light of current guidance around Covid-19 and limiting its transmission.
You will be asked to submit a 500 word written piece of work (title will be given to you upon application), complete a straight-forward timed exercise with questions relating to data in EY and one final question asking for reflections on practice. You will then take part in a 30 minute on-line interview. In place of the observed teaching session we will also ask for a practice reference from your employer. All applicants are given feedback and notification is given via 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 satisfactory DBS clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

How school placements work

The Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance 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.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

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.



Requirements to apply for the course include:

  • An undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider (or recognised equivalent.)
    • Academic achievement equivalent to Level 4 or above in GCSE examinations in English, Maths and a Science subject
    • A certificate of medical fitness (a health questionnaire is provided once you have been offered a place.)

We will accept applications from applicants whose qualifications are pending, providing that they are gained before the start of the course.

Personal qualities

We are seeking trainees who can demonstrate:

  • 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.

About the training provider

The Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance, 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. We are a Teaching School with 11 alliance members, including 6 nursery 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

CREC Early Years Partnership (CEYP) is a consortium comprising the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), St Thomas Centre Nursery School, 3 regional teaching school alliances and over 50 ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ schools from 5 local authority regions. CREC specialises in early childhood research which aims to inform, develop and improve the quality of early childhood provision. They have been undertaking national and international, large and small-scale research for more than 20 years generating knowledge which has applications for early years policy and practice. We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop such an exciting new partnership.

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 details

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


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Location Vacancies Code
CEYP, St. Thomas Nursery School and Children’s Centre
Bell Barn Road , Lee Bank, Attwood Green, Birmingham, West Midlands , B15 2AF
Yes T
Main Site
(WTSA) Kenilworth Nursery School & Early Years Teaching Centre, Bertie Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1JP
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