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BEC Teacher Training English (AL14)

QTS part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
8 November 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our training course starts in late August through to June. It has been designed by teachers to reflect the needs of the modern classroom.

Our programme offers:

  • After the interview day, we will meet with you to discuss your strengths and areas requiring further development and will set you tasks and a reading list to enable you to develop relevant knowledge and skills before the course starts.
  • If available and for your subject, we may recommend you undertake an online Subject Knowledge Enhancement course
  • Weekly subject knowledge sessions with an experienced teacher who delivers Outstanding lessons enabling you to develop your pedagogical skills

We also have weekly sessions covering:

  • Child Development and how children learn
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Behaviour Management and Special Educational Needs
  • Safeguarding
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Teacher and the Law
  • Wellbeing
  • Voice Care
  • School workload

All our sessions are based either at our training centre in Wickford or in neighbouring secondary schools. During the pandemic we have successfully delivered lectures using Zoom and trainees have enjoyed this experience working in small groups online during the lecture.


During the course you will be continually assessed against the Teachers’ Standards through:

  • observation of your lessons
  • examination of your portfolio of evidence
  • assessment tasks
  • your reflections linking theory from workshops/reading to your practice in the classroom

There is a formal review of your progress at the end of each term, with the final assessment to gain Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the third term of the second year.

Course workload

We make sure that any written submissions are evenly spread throughout the course. We issue a weekly newsletter to trainees keeping them updated of deadlines. We operate an ‘open door’ policy so trainees can discuss any issues or worries.

We are proud our course has been rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ for 13 years. We believe we offer excellent value for money.

School placements

Year 1

You will spend the equivalent of 2 days per week in your first placement school. On Thursdays you will attend a morning training session, usually at Bromfords School, covering General Professional Studies (GPS), e.g. behaviour management, planning and assessment. In the afternoon, you will focus on your subject with your peers discussing pedagogy and sharing best practices.

In your placement school, you will receive 1 mentor meeting per fortnight.

Year 2

You will spend the equivalent of 3 days per week in your second placement school, including a weekly tutorial covering GPS. You will receive 1 mentor session per fortnight.

You would be matched specifically to a school to ensure an appropriate timetable can be created to allow you to demonstrate progress over time. We know our school mentors very well and try to match our trainees with their mentor to build a strong professional relationship.

You would need to attend parents’ evenings for classes you teach, and proportionate attendance at school training days will be required. You would need to have experience of form tutoring in at least one of the years.

If you wish to nominate a school, we will be pleased to talk to the Headteacher about our programme.

You will be teaching across the age range 11-16.

In addition, we provide experiences at special schools, pupil referral units, and alternative educational settings.

Schools play such an important part in the programme, and that’s why we can provide you with an outstanding foundation on which to build your future career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • GCSE grade 4 or above (formerly grade C)/equivalent in English Language and Mathematics
  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • If teaching a subject different to your degree, an A level in that subject is required.

If you have non-British qualifications, you will need to verify their equivalence through UK NARIC, tel: 01242 260010. You will need to supply written evidence of any equivalencies with your application.

If you don’t hold English or Mathematics GSCE qualifications (or a recognised equivalent), you will need to take an equivalency test. We recommend

Personal qualities

You need to be:

  • imaginative, creative and energetic;
  • enthusiastic about teaching;
  • hardworking, adaptable and flexible;
  • well organised, focused and determined;
  • have a positive outlook;
  • have a resilient nature;
  • have an ability to inspire and enthuse;
  • have the ability to work in a team and with other adults;
  • have the ability to reflect, listen and are willing to act on advice;
  • have the ability to use their initiative

These qualities are developed on the course through interactive workshops, which previous trainees have greatly valued.

You are learning all the time.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £11,000.

The fee is £5,500 per year for 2 years, making a total cost of £11,000.

Finance is available from Student Finance England. Depending on the subject you are training to teach, you may be entitled to a bursary.

About the training provider

Join our well-structured, supportive School-Centred Initial Teacher Training course.

At the end of the course, our trainees say that they feel confident and fully prepared to start their teaching career.

100% of our trainees gain employment, and enjoy the benefit of our support into their first teaching post and beyond.

Our course offers great value for money – we deliver quality workshops, carefully identified placements, individual pastoral support and academic support in writing assignments. Our focus is on you as an individual, providing you with a tailor-made training programme.

We offer:

  • a training programme that has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the past 13 years and placed in the top five of the ‘Good Teacher Training Guide’ for the past 10 years;
  • experienced school mentors who are passionate about developing outstanding and confident Newly Qualified Teachers;
  • engaging workshops delivered by outstanding and knowledgeable teachers, providing you with a wealth of ideas to inspire pupil learning;
  • opportunities to build your confidence in diverse settings, e.g. special school, pupil referral unit and an inner city school where you will be working with pupils with English as an additional language;
  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, worth 60 Master credits. This provides an ideal opportunity to bring together the very best of school experience and academic study;
  • opportunity for you to request a school where you would like to train.

Make us your first choice and train with the best in Essex.

Interview process

Once we receive your application, we will interview you in one of our partner schools or online if the school is unable to accommodate outside visitors due to COVID 19. You will be interviewed by us and a member of school staff.

On the interview day, you will be asked to:

  • deliver a 10 minute presentation on an aspect of learning which is either misunderstood by pupils or difficult to teach;
  • complete a written task reflecting on a lesson that you have observed a teacher deliver, or on a statement that we provide on the day which we will ask you to write about;
  • undertake a formal interview

Successful candidates will be offered a place within 24 hours. An offer letter will be issued and may detail some conditions, e.g. passing your degree.

All trainees offered a place must:

  • pass a Fitness to Teach medical assessment;
  • undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify their suitability to work with young people.

You will then attend a meeting with the Course Director to discuss the strengths and areas for further development identified on the interview day. Tasks will also be set with reading lists for you to develop your subject knowledge. If available in your subject, we may ask you to do an online subject knowledge enhancement course.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our aim is to promote and implement an inclusive learning and teaching environment, allowing you to study independently.

We are here to support you and would encourage you to contact us so we can help identify any ‘appropriate adjustments’ to meet your individual needs.

Once you have applied for our course, we are available for you to contact to discuss your particular needs. We have had trainees who have successfully passed our course with visual and hearing impairments, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum conditions.

We understand your needs and will work closely with you to ascertain the impact of your condition on your studies. It may be you need:

  • deadlines to be extended;
  • workshops to be recorded;
  • powerpoint presentations in advance of workshops
  • photocopying on coloured paper
  • wheelchair access

With your permission, we will ask your mentor to work with you providing support and guidance. We need to ensure that all elements of this training year make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to provide every opportunity for you to succeed.

Contact this training provider

01268 477611
c/o The Bromfords School
Grange Avenue
SS12 0LZ

Support and advice

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