Bromley Schools Collegiate Primary (5-11) (X105)

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Every child deserves to be taught by excellent teachers. Bromley Schools’ Collegiate are committed to train and develop of the next generation of career teachers.

  • Trainees on the School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme are placed at one of our excellent partner schools in the borough of Bromley.

  • Primary Trainees are in placement schools Monday to Thursday, with training each Friday at the Bromley Schools’ Collegiate training suite based at Hayes Secondary School, West Common Road, Hayes, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7DB..

    • The programme has been developed to deepen trainee’s use of research informed practice.
    • Trainees will receive high quality training from experienced facilitators, many who are drawn from our partnership schools, providing real-life context to the training.
    • Trainees will gain a strong understanding of how to meet the needs of all pupils through our curriculum based on caring for the whole child.
    • Right from the start of the course, trainees will be taught to develop critically reflective practice.
    • Subject Specific expertise will be developed and strengthened through the robust training programme.
    • Trainees are assessed throughout their placements by experienced leaders with a focus on making them career ready

The Training course runs from September to July. To meet the ITT criteria trainees must have experience of whole class teaching in two school settings. Placement 1 is September to December. Placement 2 is January to July. BSC will make these arrangements for you.

  • Qualification achieved is QTS with PGCE. The PGCE element is a bespoke programme delivered at Bromley Schools’ Collegiate by Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Trainees can opt out of the PGCE element.

School placements

Much consideration is given to placements. Each trainee must undertake two school placements to gain contrasting experience of teaching. Each placement will be in a school within the partnership who have experience of mentoring and coaching trainees.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Bromley Schools’ Collegiate will offer candidates equivalency tests. These must be taken and passed before the start of the training course. If a candidate is awaiting results, they may be asked to take an equivalency test with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate. We do not accept third part equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who want to make a difference to the lives of children. We want you to have a genuine passion for teaching.

Other requirements

We do not require candidates to have school / classroom experience before making an application.

All successful candidates will be asked to complete health declarations and disclosure and barring service checks - both must be clear.

Competence in English and maths skills will be assessed during the recruitment process.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,000.

Tuition fee can be paid by applying for a loan from Student Finance or private finance.

About the training provider

  • Main Site Bromley Schools’ Collegiate, Hayes, Bromley Kent, BR2 7DB Bromley Schools’ Collegiate is a well established provider of initial teacher training with over 25 years experience. During this time we have trained over 1500 teachers. 100% of our trainees say they feel supported on their journey through their training year and prepared as they become Early Career Teachers (ECT) . What our last cohort of trainees say about us:
  • I know my confidence stems from the opportunities that have been provided by Bromley Schools’ Collegiate
  • Support and guidance enables trainees to apply their knowledge skilfully in placement schools
  • Support was consistent throughout and I have really benefited from learning as you go approach
  • I feel very lucky to have had 2 amazing placements with very, very supportive departments who would do anything they could to help
  • The course is fantastic. There is a great emphasis on independence and freedom
  • Trainees know what leaders and mentors expect of them - the course was robust and intense! I feel very well prepared for my career as a teacher

Interview process

Successful applications will be invited for interview. We try to give as much notice as possible, however this may be within a week of receiving your application. The interview will be to assess your suitability for teaching and Curriculum knowledge for your chosen subject. As part of the selection process, we require you to prepare a short 4 minute presentation to be delivered to the interview panel. This should be delivered orally without powerpoint or any other electronic aid. After which you will be have a formal interview with senior management / headteacher. You will also be asked to complete a timed written task which will be assessed as part of the selection process. Please do not worry about the content it is to see your use of grammar etc.

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

BSC is an all inclusive provider.

Contact this training provider

020 8300 6566
Bromley Schools' Collegiate, Hayes Secondary School
West Common Road
Hayes, Bromley

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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