University of Birmingham Primary (X100)

Postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
38 weeks
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/teacher-education/index.aspx

Contents

Course summary

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education (PGDipEd) will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. Our specialist programme offers high quality training and support, which will prepare you to teach in the 3-11 age range and is run in close partnership with schools. Once you have secured a place on this Primary PGDipEd course, you will opt to specialise either as General Primary teacher (5-11 years) or as an Early Years teacher (3-7 years). Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, this is a course which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.

Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

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School placements

School-based experiences are a central part of these programmes, with students normally spending a total of 24 weeks in schools. During the programme you benefit from the experience of spending a significant length of time in two schools and work with at least two different year groups.

The final assessment of teaching is based on the spring/summer term school placement. Assessment is shared between University tutors, staff responsible for students in schools, and external examiners. All aspects of your contribution to the life of the school are taken into account, in particular teaching in your chosen phase.

During the course, supervised experience and practice are arranged in schools. We are fortunate in being able to work with various kinds of partnership schools, with an opportunity for you to experience a range of ages between 3-11. Many of the schools offer opportunities to work with pupils from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

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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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

You will need to undertake and pass your equivalency test for Maths and English prior to making an application. You will need to undertake and pass your Science equivalency prior to the course start date. Please use this website to undertake the test: https://www.equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

Relevant academic profile and intellectual capacity

  • Strong subject knowledge
  • Relevant work/volunteering experience
  • Awareness of contemporary educational issues
  • Motivation, enthusiasm and a clear rationale for teaching
  • Responsibility, maturity, open-mindedness
  • Appropriate ethics and values, including equal opportunities awareness
  • Effective spoken and written Standard English
  • Commitment to teaching as a career.

Other requirements

  • have a GCSE in Maths, English (grade 4 or above), or an equivalent qualification obtained before application.

  • If not already obtained, GCSE Science (Grade 4) must be attained as a condition of entry. If you are offering an alternative qualification check with us before applying.

  • complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

  • complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

  • agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

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 £18,450

When you apply for this course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and should ensure that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Our PGDipEd programmes include a significant amount of time spent on placements in a variety of schools at different locations, and so when budgeting to study you should also allow for travel to and from placements, as well as textbooks, printing, photocopying and stationery that you may need.

About the training provider

Our Primary and Secondary teacher training pathways prepare top graduates for a career inspiring learning and transforming lives. We work in partnership with a wide range of primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges and special schools across Birmingham and the surrounding authorities, to offer both core and School Direct routes into teaching.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as ‘outstanding’ for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors, reaffirming the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.

Interview process

Selection is rigorous and designed to identify candidates with the strongest aptitude. Successful applicants will undertake a face to face or remote interview where they will:

  • meet course tutors
  • find out more about the course
  • complete a written task (where relevant)
  • have a one to one interview
  • show GCSE and Degree certificates (where these are available).

We work closely with partner schools to select candidates and applicants will often have the opportunity to meet senior colleagues from partner schools when they join us for interview day.

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

The University of Birmingham strives to be an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability, mental health or learning support needs, the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support Service can provide assistance to make sure you that you can access appropriate support. Find out more at: https://www.intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/student/your-wellbeing/disability/index.aspx

Contact this training provider

Email
iteadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 414 4883
Website
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/teacher-education/index.aspx
Address
Admissions
The University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

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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