University College Birmingham
Primary (3-11) (HB23)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
29 November 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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Teaching is far more than a job.

For many, it’s a calling, a burning desire to make a difference. To inspire the next generation and arm children with the skills and knowledge they will need to lead well-informed lives and go onto have fulfilling careers themselves.

Our PGCE Primary QTS course not only gives you the professional theory and knowledge you will need to teach and excel in a modern primary school setting, but also the invaluable, hands-on experience of working where it counts. The classroom.

Whether your aspiration is to work in a mainstream school or one for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), completion of this course will lead to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status, enabling you to start your journey in a profession which boasts a competitive salary, generous pension and financial support while training.

The course offers two pathways, which facilitate placements in different phases of the primary school. The 3-7 pathway will comprise two school placements in either nursery or reception, year 1 or year 2. The 5-11 pathway will comprise school placements in years 1-6, where students will work in years 1 and 2, 3 and 4 or 5 and 6.

Interview process

For those making it through the initial online selection process there will be a Mathematics and English capability audit followed by a performance evidence assessment carried out in a placement school.

This will be followed by a presentation interview after which the evidence from the above selection procedures will be considered.

Full details of these procedures will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage.

Student feedback from 2018 “The teaching staff and the programme as a whole as well as the support staff are absolutely amazing! I was very impressed by the information evening and all the effort that had gone into that day, it lacked nothing. The programme leader in particular, was especially lovely and very informative and full of enthusiasm for the programme. I would not hesitate to recommend it.”

How school placements work

You will spend a minimum of 120 days within our partnership schools working alongside our trained professional mentors. They will work with you to build your confidence so that you can gradually take responsibility for teaching a whole class.

We will help you recognise your strengths and develop plans and targets to achieve the highest standard possible for the children you work with and help you to become a successful teacher.

This is a key element of the course and is superbly summed up by former student RusKhsar Ijaz who is now a Year 1 teacher. She explained: “The best part of the course was the school placements. These took place in a variety of different schools in different areas around the West Midlands.

You were also placed at different key stages and this really helps you to identify where you would like to specialise.”

And another former UCB student Sofia Khan added: “The best part of the course was the quality of the placements which gave me invaluable experience, confidence and preparation for my current teaching role.”

The placements are taken in two blocks - eight weeks in the autumn term and 10 weeks in the summer term. There is also a SEND school placement for two weeks.


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

  • PGCE+

Students who complete a UCB PGCE and wish to complete a further 60 credits to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Learning can do so for a further payment cost of £600.

Additionally a £500 discount is applied if the PGCE fee is paid in full by 5 October.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

  • The Kick Start Scheme

For new PGCE students starting in September, University College Birmingham will provide financial support in the form of the ‘The Kick-Start Scheme’. All students will receive £300, which can be used on a dedicated website to purchase course-related materials or on certain items within UCB. The great news is, these funds don’t need to be paid back!



Degree: You will need a degree classification of 2.2 or above

Level 2: Additionally, you will also need GCSE at grade C/4 or above in;

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science*

The following Level 2 Science qualifications are acceptable

  • GCSE Single Award in Chemistry, Biology or Physics
  • GCSE Science Double Award
  • BTEC Level 2 in Science with a Pass profile

International qualifications: International qualifications are also accepted, they must be recognised by NARIC as equivalent and meet the requirement for The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for Initial Teacher Training.

Other requirements

  • DBS

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting this course.

  • Work Experience

Work Experience: You will also need to have experience of working with children through placements or voluntary or paid work in schools.

About the training provider

We are a small, friendly School of Education and Community within University College Birmingham, situated right in the heart of the UK’s second largest city. More than 300 students study on our higher education courses in Early Years/ Childhood Studies and 95% of our newly-qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role within six months.

We enjoy an excellent reputation for supporting students thanks to a team of highly experienced full-time lecturers who draw on their practical knowledge of working in the early years sector. Staff are a key resource to help your successful progression through the course. Additionally we have worked closely for many years with local schools and other providers to train those who work within the primary sector. Key senior staff from these establishments have helped us put together the year’s training. This important factor ensures the courses have been written to meet the needs of schools and will improve employability within this sector.

Besides achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) graduates will also work for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is accredited by the University of Birmingham. The work for your PGCE is integrated within the QTS programme. The course particularly focuses on three separate themes:

  • Managing Behaviour
    • Working with children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
    • Working with children who use English as an additional language (EAL)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We urge students to tell us about their disabilities or other needs so that we can put a support package in place. That help begins even before the course starts as we provide orientation support aimed at helping students get used to the UCB environment and finding their way around during induction sessions and taster days. We also provide mobility training for blind or partially-sighted people.

The help continues once the studies begin whether in the form of lecture notes and handouts provided in an alternative format, support workers or the loan of digital recorders to record lectures. We can also help manage the workload of studying with one-to-one mentor support sessions for students with autistic spectrum conditions, providing specialist equipment and software to enable independent learning and arranging alternative methods of assessment.

When it comes to exams we can arrange for a number of solutions to help students from having extra time or rest/nutrition breaks to providing exam papers in alternative formats.

UCB is committed to try and provide access for everyone to our facilities and our website now has a clear description of our premises which was carried out by an independent agency, DisabledGo.

Also. our Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is committed to helping students access the most appropriate support and information.

Contact details

0121 604 1040
University College Birmingham
Summer Row
West Midlands
B3 1JB


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