BBL Teacher Training Primary (C983)

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

Accredited body
Bright Futures SCITT
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
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of primary pupils aged 5 - 11.

Over 120 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the full primary curriculum for key stage 1 and 2.

Trainee timetables are progressive in design, however, trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support. All trainees gain some experience of both the early years framework (reception classes) and key stage 3

Progress is monitored by subject mentors, and moderation will take place throughout the year. Trainees reflect on progress on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors.

Throughout the course, trainees engage with professional development training which takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning. Training seminars are delivered at our training suite at Breck Primary School in Poulton-le-Fylde and on occasion at Lytham Hall Park, in Lytham . 8 days of the year are spent focused on the PGCE delivered through The University of Manchester, with 4 of those days spent in Manchester and the other 4 online.

Applicants enrolled on the PGCE programme are expected to complete four written assignments leading to 60 M level credits.

School placements

You will teach in two contrasting school settings across key stage one and key stage two.

We have a wide range of placement schools which are selected according to trainees’ prior experience, training needs and location.

All primary placements are arranged through a placement A (September to January) and placement B model (February -June).

This course leads to qualified teacher status (5-11 years).

Professional development sessions are included in the timetable and often take place on a Thursday or a Friday.

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

  • A passion for the primary phase you wish to teach

  • The potential to train to teach

  • Excellent subject knowledge

  • Resilience

  • Enthusiasm

Applicants must produce a well written and clear personal statement that sets out how they meet the course requirements. The personal statement is part of the application process.

Other requirements

All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this includes a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.

Fees and financial support

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

Applicants who are not British citizens or a citizen of one of the EEA (European Economic Area) countries will need a visa to study in the UK. More details can be found from the Home Office

About the training provider

BBL Teacher Training is led by Breck Primary School and accredited by Bright Futures SCITT. Breck Primary School, Broughton-In-Amounderness Primary School and Lytham Hall Park Primary School are the three primaries who originally established BBL with support from a dynamic group of partner schools who all share the same values, vision and ethos regarding initial teacher training. The schools partnered with BBL Teacher Training have a long established experience of successful ITT delivery models.

BBL Teacher Training has a close relationship with its accreditor, Bright Futures SCITT, and we work together to promote excellence in all aspects of education through focused, central and school-based training activities.

The Bright Futures SCITT is a partnership of primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and organisations from across the North-West, who share their knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to achieve a common goal of continuous educational improvement.

Together we believe that every child deserves the very best start in life, irrespective of background or circumstance. We are committed to training teachers who can provide the next generation with the opportunity to develop happy and successful futures. Key elements of our training programme:

  • Training in school from the first day

  • Two contrasting schools experiences to prepare you for employment

  • A trained and dedicated mentor

  • Face to face subject knowledge training

  • Leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education delivered by our partner, the University of Manchester

Interview process

If your application meets our entry criteria, we will arrange an interview which will be in person at Breck Primary School, or via an on-line platform.

At interview, you will:

  • Prepare and teach a short lesson to a small group of children, which you will then talk through with the interview panel

  • Have a formal interview

  • Complete a short written communication task

You might also be asked to complete a subject knowledge audit.

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

It is the goal of BBL Teacher Training to recruit people of outstanding potential, irrespective of their background and to ensure that the admission process is transparent, has minimal barriers to entry, is based on merit and potential, and is fair with regards to diversity.

BBL Teacher Training will not discriminate against a disabled person on the grounds of disability :

  • in the arrangements i.e. application form, interview or arrangements for selection for determining to whom a place should be offered; or

  • by refusing to offer, or deliberately not offering the disabled person a place for reasons connected with their disability.

Wherever possible, BBL Teacher Training will make reasonable adjustments to hallways, passages and doors in order to provide and improve means of access for disabled candidates. However, this may not always be feasible, if circumstances render such adjustments as being beyond what is reasonable.

We are committed to taking positive action to welcome people with disabilities who have met the requirements, and to enable them to meet their full potential

Consideration will be given to all planned activities, resource allocation and procedures to ensure that we can enable disabled trainees full participation in all aspects of the academic, work-based and social activities of the course.

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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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