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Bath Spa University Primary and Early Years (Part Time) - 7-11 QTS (3FGJ)

PGCE with QTS part time

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
7 to 11
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
January 2021


About the course

The part-time programme takes place three days per week, Monday to Wednesday until the final teaching placement, which takes place in year 2 and is full-time.

Our four key principles of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and care form the foundation of our practice and partnership. They are interwoven through all aspects of our curriculum and across university and school training and will be recognisable to you during your time with us. Through a carefully designed and sequenced curriculum, and with the expertise, advice and support of both university and school trainers, you will become a well-qualified and highly skilled teacher. We offer optional specialisms in the second year in: English, mathematics, science, SEN/D, behaviour for learning, modern languages, physical education and the arts. Specialisms involve additional training and may require specific entry to the specialism requirements. Please contact 01225 875633 for further guidance.

Our sequenced, integrated Teacher Education curriculum spans university and school phases. It comprises: English, Mathematics, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers, as well as the full range of subjects across the primary curriculum. Throughout all phases of the programme you will gain, apply, and refine your teaching knowledge, pedagogy and classroom skills. As a developing professional teacher, you will have the privilege of impacting on children’s learning, progress and well-being.

As part of your academic award, you will undertake assignments which will contribute 60 credits towards a Masters. These are informed by research, literature and theories that will enrich and enhance your professional practice.

Throughout the programme, we will closely monitor and support your progress. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor in university who will regularly meet with you to review your progress. In school you will also be supported by a Training Mentor who will support and review your progress in understanding and learning the ITE curriculum. As a Bath Spa Teacher, you will be supported to develop professional behaviours, emotional resilience and encouraged to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice. By the end of the programme you will become creative practitioners, critical thinkers, collaborative colleagues and professional teachers who care for and nurture the learners they teach.

We regularly seek and respond to feedback from our trainees and schools to continually improve the programme and ensure your professional needs are met.

If you wish to apply for the part-time route please contact

School placements

Bath Spa University Partnership: our partnership of schools span the South West region, and beyond. Each year we work closely with over 250 partnership schools to ensure you get the very best training experience.

Bath Spa Teachers (BSTs): The Partnership believes that from the start of your journey to be a well-educated and highly skilled teacher you are a ‘professional teacher in training’. In recognition of this, you will hold the identity of a Bath Spa Teacher (BST), rather than a trainee. You will embrace the professional qualities and attributes expected of a professional teacher, and colleagues who train you will respect this status.

We offer 5-11 and 7-11 routes within the Primary and Early Years part-time programmes. As a BST on the 5-11 route you will train and be assessed in Key Stages 1 and 2. You will be an expert in your selected age phase, however you will not be limited to that age phase for your future teaching career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You’ll need a good honours degree; your degree can be in any subject. We only accept candidates with GCSE passes at grade C (4) or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

Personal qualities

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Other requirements

  • During your training with us, we will implement, support and assure your competency in Fundamental English and mathematics, as required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Fitness to train to teach check to ensure you are medically fit to take a teacher training course.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks – this is the Government scheme, to enable the identification of people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. For more information visit: 

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,700

Please note the fees above are for the PGCE in 2020/21. The 2021/22 fees are subject to review by government and will be published in January 2021.

About the training provider

Bath Spa University has a long and successful tradition of Initial Teacher Education dating back over 70 years. Newton Park campus was opened as Bath Teacher Training College in the 1940s, and the University, in partnership with local schools, is now the largest provider of teacher education in the area, extending across all counties in the South West and beyond.

The Bath Spa University Partnership we will provide you with challenging and highly effective training and support that will impact on your progress throughout your training year, and into your early careers as teachers. You will train in exciting, innovative and challenging schools and learn first-hand from experienced classroom teachers. We will ensure that the quality of the curriculum you experience will ensure you are worthy of employment within our partnership schools and beyond.

Our belief that all children deserve the very best teachers was important to our Partnership in those early days, and is still central to our practice today. We believe that education plays a key role in promoting social justice and reducing social inequalities, and that well qualified and highly skilled teachers, make a difference to the lives and futures of the learners they teach.

Bath Spa University has been awarded a Grade 1 ‘outstanding’ for its Primary and Secondary ITE programmes by the quality regulator Ofsted, which is the highest grade that can be given.

Training with us, will ensure you become the very best teachers that all children and young people deserve.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Student Wellbeing Services Questions about mental health, money or wellbeing? We provide professional advice and guidance, to help you make the most of your studies and university life.

Disability and Accessibility 
All students should have an equal opportunity to experience university. We provide confidential information, guidance, and practical support to students with a disability or specific learning difference. 
 Mental health and wellbeing Mental Health Practitioners are available to speak with applicants and current students about your situation and explore options. You can get help liaising with external services and access short term counselling at Bath Spa.

Money Advice We give students practical advice on managing money, financial entitlement and sourcing additional income. Our aim is to enable you to take control of your finances.

Further information can be found on our website,

Contact this training provider

01225 875633
Newton Park Campus
Newton St Loe
Bath and North East Somerset

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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