Bath Spa University Primary (3-7) (X110)

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

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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 Initial Teacher Education ( ITE) Partnership curriculum and across university and school/early years setting training and will be recognisable to you during your time with us.

Through a carefully designed and sequenced ITE Partnership curriculum, and with the expertise, advice and support of both university and school/early years setting trainers, you will become a well-qualified and highly skilled teacher.

Our sequenced, integrated Initial Teacher Education Partnership curriculum spans university and school phases. It comprises: English (Communication, Language and Literacy), Mathematics, Science (Understanding the world), Professional Studies, Teaching for Social Justice and Teachers as Researchers, as well as the full range of subjects across the primary and early years curricula. 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 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/early years setting you will also be supported by a Training Mentor who will support and review your progress in understanding and learning the ITE Partnership curriculum.

As a Bath Spa Teacher, you will be supported to develop professional behaviours, emotional resilience and encouraged to think critically about research, international 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/early years settings to continually improve the programme and ensure your professional needs are met.

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. Training locations identified on this website are a small selection of our partnership schools where placements can be undertaken, however we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in a specific school or school catchment area at the time of application.

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 3-7, 5-11 and 7-11 routes within the Primary and Early Years programmes. As a BST on the 3-7 route you will train and be assessed in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. 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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbotswood Primary School
Kelston Close, Rodford Way, Yate, South Gloucestershire, BS37 8SZ
Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy
Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol, Bristol, BS10 5PU
Bath Spa University
Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN
Goddard Park Community Primary School
Welcombe Avenue, Park North, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 2QN
Hambrook Primary School
Moorend Road, Hambrook, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS16 1SJ
Mountford Manor Primary School
Bothwell Road, Walcot, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 3EZ
Parkfield School
Parkfield Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4RT
Parkwall Primary School
Earlstone Crescent, Cadbury Heath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS30 8AA
Saltford CEVC Primary School
Claverton Road, Saltford, BANES, BS31 3DW
Shaftesbury Primary School
Wincombe Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8PZ
St John’s Catholic Primary School
Wingfield Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 9EA
St Mary’s CE Primary, Yate
Church Road, Yate, South Gloucestershire, BS37 5BG
St Peter’s C of E Academy
Lord’s Mead, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 0LL

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

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: GOV.UK/DBS

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,400

Please note, these are the fees for 2022/23. Fees for 2023/24 will be published in January.

Financial support from the training provider

Bath Spa University offer bursaries to PGCE students who are eligible for Home student funding. Please visit Bath Spa University PGCE Bursary for further information.

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 provides a challenging and highly effective training programme that takes place in university and school. You will learn our ambitious ITE Partnership Curriculum both in University and School and be supported by subject and phase experts throughout the programme. Successfully engaging with our ambitious ITE Partnership Curriculum will ensure you are highly employable with a secure foundation for your role as an Early Career Teacher.

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 teacher that all children and young people deserve.

Interview process

Interviews will be held virtually, using the online platform Google Meet. A presentation will be delivered by one of the PGCE Programme Leaders lasting approximately 1 hour. This presentation will provide more detailed information about the structure and nature of the PGCE with QTS programmes and you will have the opportunity to interact with other interviewees and ask questions. After the presentation you will be invited to take part in an individual interview with a university tutor and school colleague. You should allow up to an hour for the interview and your allocated time will be provided separately.

Interview Activities We will require you to undertake a number of activities as part of the interview process including: Discussion of a micro teaching activity for a group of children Discussion of the attributes that make an effective teacher Engagement with a piece of literature or research of your choice related to education

At the end of the interview there will be an opportunity to ask questions to clarify your understanding of the PGCE with QTS programmes.

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

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, Bath Spa University Student Wellbeing Services

Contact this training provider

01225 876180
Newton Park Campus
Newton St Loe
Bath and North East Somerset

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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