BEC Teacher Training Primary (5-11) (X100)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our ambitious, inspiring training programme consists of several different complementary strands.

You will learn about educational theory in your professional studies input sessions and develop your primary subject knowledge in curriculum input sessions from subject experts held at our training base in Wickford, Essex and in partnership schools. In these sessions you will engage with the latest research about how pupils learn, how to help pupils overcome disadvantages, and how to motivate and engage them. You will cover practical aspects of teaching such as using ICT to engage learners, managing your workload, developing relationships with pupils and their families and voice care. You will learn too about your legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding young people.

You will spend a high proportion of your time on the course working in schools, gaining hands-on experience and putting your knowledge of theory into practice with the support of a lead and class mentor. You will start by watching expert teachers and gradually build up your skills and confidence. Once you start teaching, your lessons will be observed and you will have opportunities to discuss how the lesson went. Your regular meetings with your lead mentor will help you to link the theory from input sessions to whole school practice and the weekly meeting with the class mentor will be an opportunity to highlight your achievements and plan your next steps. You will find you really feel part of the team in school.

You will also read widely, submit written tasks reflecting on your teaching and prepare oral presentations on aspects of education that interest you. We make sure that these tasks are evenly spread throughout the course and our weekly newsletter reminds you of deadlines. We operate an ‘open door’ policy so you can discuss any issues or worries.

You also have the opportunity to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) supported by lectures at our Wickford base. You submit two 5000 word assignments, one on Special Educational Needs and one on your own research. Validated by the University of Suffolk, the PGCE is worth 60 Master credits.

During the course we will use observations of your teaching, your assignments and reflections to continuously, formatively assess your progress. There is a formal review at the end of each school placement, with the final assessment to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the third term.

School placements

You will spend a high proportion of your time on the course gaining practical hands-on experience in school, fully involved in day to day school life and supported by a lead and class mentor who are experienced teachers. We work closely with a diverse range of excellent schools, including faith and special schools, but all sharing a passionate commitment to training the next generation of teachers and with an exceptional, experienced and caring team of tutors and admin team ready to support you.

We aim to place you in a school that is a reasonable travelling distance from your home and to find you a mentor with whom you can build a strong professional relationship. We know our school class mentors well; often they undertook their own teacher training with us, and we try to match you with a class mentor who will bring out the best in you. As you become more confident in your practice, in the spring term we arrange a second school placement for you. This placement, which is six weeks long, enables you to experience a different type of school and different key stage. We will also arrange visits to other types of educational environment such as special schools, alternative education settings and schools with unique and interesting characteristics.

In school, you will work primarily with students aged 5-11. You will start by observing your mentor and other teachers and discussing their behaviour management and pedagogical techniques. You will begin by team teaching with your mentor, following their advice and guidance and then gradually build up to confidently delivering lessons across the curriculum for your class. At the same time, you will be involved in the wider life of the school; you are encouraged to participate in continuing professional development and some extra-curricular activities. You will meet formally with your class mentor once a week to review your progress and plan your next steps.

Although you cannot choose what schools you will train in, if you have a preference, let us know and we will be pleased to discuss it with the Headteacher.

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.

Applicants without the relevant GCSEs or recognised equivalent will need to take an equivalency test before applying. We accept tests from ( and (

Personal qualities

Teaching is a fascinating and complex job. You’ll need to be versatile and have a broad skill set. We are looking for trainees with a wide range of personal qualities including, but not limited to:

◆a genuine enthusiasm for teaching ◆effective communication skills ◆an ability to develop positive working relationships with children ◆positivity and resilience ◆imagination and creativity ◆good organisation skills ◆energy, focus and determination ◆team-working skills ◆a reflective approach and willingness to act on advice ◆adaptability and initiative ◆openness and willingness to learn

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Join our exceptional School Centred Initial Teacher Training course. We have 27 years of experience training teachers in Essex, and are recognised by Ofsted for training teachers who become, ‘impressive role models…and remain in the profession for many years’ (Ofsted 2022) . Our friendly and highly qualified team know every trainee is an individual and offer ‘excellent pastoral support’ (Ofsted 2022) combined with a well-planned, ambitious programme providing a strong foundation for your future career. Our trainees feel supported and confident that they have the skills needed to be successful teachers. All our trainees get jobs, most of them in local schools, with many following an accelerated career path.

When you train with us we’ll give you:

◆a thorough grounding in educational theory through our inspiring academic lectures and workshops. ◆a minimum of 125 days teaching experience in our excellent partner schools ◆a school placement from the very start of your training so you are immersed in school life from day one ◆an experienced mentor who will help you every step of the way in school. ◆a specialist mentor to support you in developing phase or subject specific teaching skills ◆a personal tutor to oversee your progress. ◆opportunities to visit a variety of educational settings ◆a chance to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, worth 60 Master credits. ◆tailor made training arrangements to suit you including an opportunity
to request a school where you would like to train ◆continued support in your Early Career

Interview process

Once you have submitted your application, we will arrange an interview for you in one of our partner schools, or online if necessary. You will be interviewed by a member of the BEC Teacher Training team and a member of school staff.

On the interview day, you will be asked to:

◆during a 10 minute period, read to a class a children’s story book of your own choice that either supports pupil emotional wellbeing or explores feelings or celebrates diversity. After the reading you are to explain how you would follow up the key messages with the pupils ◆complete a written task in response to a question we give you on the day ◆undertake a formal interview lasting around 40 minutes

If you are successful, we will contact you by the end of the next working day to let you know. Then we will send you a formal offer letter which may give some conditions you will have to meet before taking up your place, such as passing your degree. Before joining the course you will also need to pass:

◆a Health and Physical Capacity to Teach assessment ◆an enhanced DBS check to confirm your suitability to work with children

We will organise a meeting with the Primary Course Director to follow up on your interview and discuss your individual development plan. We send you some pre-reading to do, and we will book you in for our pre-course orientation in July when you can meet your tutors and other trainees.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We value every trainee as an individual and we firmly believe in the importance of an inclusive learning and teaching environment where everyone can contribute and succeed. If you have a disability, we will welcome your application and our experienced team will be there to give you all the help and advice you need. Trainees have already successfully completed our training programme with conditions such as visual and hearing impairments, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum conditions. Once you have applied for our course, please contact us to discuss your individual needs and to identify the appropriate adjustments we can make to support you. Such adjustments could include:

◆ adapting interview arrangements ◆ extending deadlines ◆ recording workshops ◆ sending powerpoint slides in advance ◆ photocopying on coloured paper ◆ securing wheelchair access

With your permission, we will also work with your school based mentor to ensure you have all the support and reasonable adjustments you need to make the most of your school placement.

Contact this training provider

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

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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