birmingham city university pgce

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birmingham city university pgce

At Birmingham City University we offer a range of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at a Primary Education level. Are you passionate about shaping young minds and ensuring they reach their full potential? Then primary teaching could be the job for you. 

University-led PGCE programmes

University-led programmes are specially designed to develop your teaching skills through university-based modules and placements in schools. Tax-free funding is also available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects.

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £25k bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year.

Did you know you could get up to £10,280 towards your postgraduate studies with the Postgraduate Loan?

School-led initial teaching training programmes

School-led programmes are based in schools and are part of the School Direct route into teacher training.

This course will give a great, all-round start to your teaching career. It will enable you to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary teacher. We’ll give you the essential tools you need to kick-start your career. These will increase your flexibility, ensuring that you’re well-equipped to handle changing circumstances. You’ll also be in an ideal position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

What’s covered in the course?

This course has very high employability rates and many of our trainees gain employment in local primary schools. Trainees are supported with the application process as part of their course.

During the PGCE Primary and Early Years course, students are made aware of future study opportunities in order to utilise the Master’s level credits gained as part of the course towards a full Master’s Degree.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on degree class.

We work hard to ensure that we have strong relationships with more than 900 primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our aim is to help you to become a committed, confident, autonomous creative and reflective primary teacher.
  • Our graduates are highly employable and many take up jobs in local primary schools, so the outlook is bright for you.
  • In the latest Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) survey 94 per cent of Birmingham City University-trained primary teachers said that the preparation they received regarding teachers’ statutory responsibility for the safeguarding of pupils was ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
  • Our team of experienced teachers who have held senior positions in school are there to support and guide your progress.
  • You may be eligible for a National College for Teaching and Leadership bursary – although this will depend on the classification of your degree.
  • If you accept our offer of a place on the course as your first choice and you have passed both of the Professional Skills Tests by 4 May 2017 you may eligible for a £1,000 bursary to support your studies*.
  • If you accept our offer of a place on the course as your first choice and you have passed one of the Professional Skills Tests by 4 May 2017 you may eligible for a £600 bursary to support your studies*.

*Conditions apply. Bursaries are paid in the second semester of study and are not applicable to School Direct applicants.

Entry Requirements

UK students

We normally require a Bachelor’s Honours degree at 2:1 level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent in a subject that provides the necessary foundation for work as a primary teacher although we will consider applications from those with a 2:2 degree.

Trainees expecting to take a specialist module in a core subject, Special Educational Needs or Early Years must have an appropriate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent understanding and experience.

GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject is also necessary at the point of enrolment.

For entry onto a teaching course you’ll also be required to pass Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for more information. Applicants who have accepted a place will be offered support with the tests if required.

It is essential for applicants to have spent time in British state primary schools and have some familiarity with the current National Curriculum before submitting an application.

You will provide a ‘Seen Teaching Form’ signed by a senior member of a primary school or other appropriate state setting as part of the selection process.

Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).