Birmingham City University
Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
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. Though you have chosen the 3-7 route you will be qualified to teach across the primary age range and so extending your employment opportunities in the future.

The setting of this course 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 (120 days) spent in school. While on the course you would have school based training in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

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. This will be linked closely to the BCU Core Curriculum Framework.

All trainees will learn to teach across the whole range of subjects in the primary National Curriculum and EYFS, with a strong focus on English and mathematics.

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. As a 3-7 trainee you can also opt to take the Early Years option within this module should you wish.

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

How school placements work

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.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

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

Qualifications

  1. An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  2. GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject at the point of enrolment.
  3. For entry onto a teaching course you’ll need to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you are able to enrol.

Full entry requirements can be found on the page for each course on our website: www.bcu.ac.uk/education

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.

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 2020). 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.

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 details

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

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Main Site
Faculty of Education, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TN
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