Birmingham City University General Primary (3FN2)

PGCE with QTS part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education

Contents

About the course

This course will give you the skills and understanding needed to successfully meet the needs of children in the classroom.

This part-time route for teaching 5-11s might be ideal for you if you’re looking to change career, to earn while you learn or if for personal circumstances you’re unable to pursue a teacher training programme on a full-time basis.

The part time route will be offered as Primary General 5 to 11 and will run from September 2021 to July 2023. You will be taught two days across the first and second years. This will leave you with the rest of the week to study, attend placement and attend to any other commitments you might have.

The school-based training days do not have a fixed number of days each week but will be agreed flexibly between the placement school(s), us (the University) and you as the trainee teacher. You will need to complete 120 days in school with a fairly equal split across the two years. While the majority of your time on placement will be on part-time basis (to be agreed individually), each year of the course you will need to spend at least two weeks in your placement school on a full-time basis (at least 10 days each year).

Undertaking this course in the West Midlands also provides you with the opportunities to understand the urban context and experience working with children from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

While the PGCE is an academic qualification, the emphasis is very much on practical experience, with around two thirds of the course spent in school. You will learn by attending workshops, group discussions, as well as blended learning. However this course is practical and very hands-on in its approach to the training of teachers.

All trainees will learn to teach across the whole range of subjects in the primary National Curriculum, with a strong focus on English and mathematics. This will be linked closely to the BCU Core Curriculum Framework.

Within the professional studies and leadership module you will be able to focus on a National curriculum subject with a view to subject leadership in the future.

All aspects of the PGCE, including your school experience placement of 120 days, will be linked closely to the BCU Core Curriculum Framework.

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School placements

You will spend at least 120 days – working in two schools on block placement gaining valuable breadth of real-life experience. You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced teachers in the classroom.

School placements are predominantly in West Midlands primary schools. You will be assigned a trained mentor/ class teacher and a university tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback.

Please note, we are currently conducting interviews online via Microsoft Teams, further details on how/when will be communicated in due course.

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.

Details of acceptable and unacceptable equivalencies are available on the course page on our website. We also offer our own in-house equivalency tests for applicants holding an offer for one of our courses.

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Personal qualities

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills?

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding check required for your course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £4,625.

The fee for UK and EU students for this course is £4625 per year.

About the training provider

At Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work, we never give up in our aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. Our student teachers will be ‘the village’ it takes ‘to raise a child’. Training more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016), we educate Birmingham, teaching generations of professionals to teach generations of young people.

We’re top 20 in the UK for our undergraduate education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021). Our courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth.

Placements form two-thirds of our PGCE courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on and apply and grow your skills in some of our many partnership schools, ensuring you gain experience in a variety of educational settings so that you’re ready for employment when you graduate. We’re located at our City South Campus in Edgbaston, which has recently had a £41 million extension giving us excellent specialist facilities.

Our aim for when you graduate is that you can think for yourself, critically and reflectively determining what’s best, not what’s easiest. Our graduates are very employable, with many taking jobs in the West Midlands.

Join us and let us empower you to inspire future generations.

Interview process

You will be required to attend one on line interview. Interviews include:

  • exploration of curriculum knowledge during the 1 to 1 interview

  • discussions about relevant experiences with your interviewer.

  • a discussion on an education related topic that you have prepared.

  • a reflective written task.

We also look for:

  • good communication skills

  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher

  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University aims to provide an accessible environment and a range of support services to enable disabled students to participate fully in all activities of the University. We believe a person is only disabled when confronted by negative attitudes and environmental barriers. We are working towards creating a positive, supportive and inclusive learning environment across all the University’s sites and faculties.

Our Student Affairs team offers support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions. They also provide information about additional funding such as Disabled Students’ Allowances, run a Personal Assistance Scheme and offer a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.

Our campus is fully accessible with accessible toilets (having hoists), hearing loops in lecture theatres and networked assistive technology including Claro Read and Inspiration. In addition, we have PCs at our City South Campus which are designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

For further information and advice, please visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/student-affairs

Contact this training provider

Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 331 5595
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education
Address
15 Bartholomew Row
City Centre
Birmingham
West Midlands
B5 5JU

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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