Primary with Barr Beacon School Accredited provider: University of Worcester

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The University of Worcester offers trainee teachers:

•High quality programmes and excellent innovative, research-informed teaching

•60 credits at Masters level

•An internationally respected route into a career in teaching

•Personalised levels of academic and teaching support from University tutors and school mentors

•Academic staff with excellent research and publication profiles

•Support for newly qualified teacher induction

•A beautiful, riverside cathedral city located 30 miles south west of Birmingham with excellent road and rail links to other parts of the UK and Ireland

The course offers:

•School experience in a wide variety of primary settings, including Special Schools

•Excellent preparation to teach all National Curriculum subjects

•Opportunity to train as a teacher in the primary phase

•A grounding in primary pedagogy across the whole curriculum

•Research-informed teaching

During the course, you will:

•Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in classroom settings

•Manage different patterns of organisation and styles of teaching to best support effective learning and provide equality of opportunity for all children

•Develop an understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disability through the application of inclusive teaching practices

•Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and teaching competence which will enable you to observe, plan, teach, organise and assess children's progress and learning across the full primary range

•Develop a clear framework for your own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards your practice

•Engage in educational research by undertaking a small scale school-based research project in Primary Education

Indicative course structure (subject to adaptation):

•Pedagogy and Professional Practice: Covers a wide range of the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become an effective, self-evaluating practitioner

•Subject Specialist Research: A small scale, school based enquiry

•Subject Studies: English, mathematics, science and computing, art, design and technology, geography, history, languages, music, PE, RE, SEND subject knowledge and pedagogy

•School Experience: 120 days minimum


In addition to subject assignments, subject profiles and individual subject assessment tasks, you will engage in a range of assessments during school experience, all of which combine as components towards your final award.

Interview process

Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process that includes an initial check to ensure that all entry requirements are met. A member of the academic team will then consider the personal statement and decide whether to offer an interview.

At interview, you may be asked to:

•Complete tasks, including a written task

•Engage in observed professional discussions on a current educational topic

•Engage in discussion with primary lecturers/school partners on a range of education-related questions. You will be encouraged to discuss current issues in primary and early years education, policy and practice.

Applicants invited for interview will receive a comprehensive interview pack with detailed information about the day. We want all our applicants to feel prepared and ready for the interview process.

Applicants will be informed of the interview panel's decision once all the necessary paperwork has been processed. Applicants can track their progress through the UCAS website.


For your application, you will need two references.

How school placements work

We work very closely with our extensive range of partnership schools, to provide you with high quality, carefully chosen placements that, alongside your taught programme, prepare you for your first teaching post and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction period.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Degree or equivalent:

Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.


Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.

Personal qualities

Successful candidates will display a range of professional and personal characteristics including:

•The ability to work effectively as part of a team and a commitment to collaborative practice

•The ability to critically reflect on developing professional practice

•The ability to engage in high level professional discourse regarding the theory and practice of teaching and learning

•Excellent levels of oral, written and presentational communication skills

•The ability to engage, motivate and inspire the hearts and minds of young learners

•Perseverance, resilience and autonomy as a learner

•A dedication to research-informed teaching

Other requirements

All teacher training applicants need to have passed the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills Tests before the start of the course.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the Regulatory Body requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior experience. At this point we will discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.

About the training provider

The primary School Direct course is led by Barr Beacon School, an Ofsted Outstanding, highly oversubscribed Teaching School with 1501 pupils aged between 11 - 18 on roll and a large and highly successful sixth form.

This school is also the lead school of a secondary SCITT programme and the Matrix Academy Trust. ITT provision at the school, which started out with 7 secondary trainees in 2012, has gone from strength to strength and now provides 37 trainees with a well-established mentoring, training and professional development package. Our primary School Direct programme offers trainees exciting training opportunities at Kingsland Primary School and Wednesbury Oak Primary School .

Kingsland Primary School is an Ofsted Good school providing Nursery to Year 6 provision. Kingsland Primary School is a thriving one and a half form entry school in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham. The school's motto is 'Together we respect, we learn, we achieve'. A warm, caring ethos is evident as you walk around the school.

Wednesbury Oak Academy is a large, two form entry 2 - 11 Academy catering for children from Tipton in the West Midlands. They benefit from extensive nine acre grounds with an ever-developing forest school environment and are awaiting planning permission for the development of an outdoor classroom, a dance studio and music suites.

About the accredited provider

The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. .

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.

Our PGCE courses offer Master's-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

•Supporting disabled students with general enquiries

•Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.

•Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.

•Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.

•Limited loans of equipment

•Confidential advice and support for students and staff

•Training and awareness raising workshops

•Assistive technology

Contact details

Old Hall Lane
West Midlands


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 16T
  • Training programme code: 2PF9

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
W Wednesbury Oak Academy Greenacre Road, Tipton DY4 0AR
K Kingsland Primary School Bandywood Crescent, Kingstanding, Birmingham B44 9NA

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