Primary (Special Educational Needs) with Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: University of Birmingham

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time with salary
Financial support

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

How school placements work

During the course you will undertake placements in both specialist and mainstream primary settings.

Trainees undertake an eight-week placement in a mainstream primary class during the autumn term, and during this time attend the university for block weeks and occasional single training days. For your mainstream placement we look to schools closest to your residential address.

You will spend the majority of your training experience, spring and summer terms, in your employing special school. During this period you will be in school for four days each week and attend training one day each week, either at Chadsgrove or at one of our partner schools.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Our academic criteria are GCSE grade 1-3 in English, Mathematics and a science subject, and a degree classification of 2:1 or above; though for applicants with significant paid employment within a classroom we will consider a 2:2 degree classification.

Personal qualities

We are seeking highly motivated individuals, who have a passion to inspire minds, transform lives, and make a difference. We are particularly looking for people with experience of working with children, preferably in an educational setting, and who can demonstrate the ability to engage and inspire young minds. We want our teachers in training to be ambitious, passionate and enthusiastic about teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and who are committed to providing outstanding teaching and achieving the highest outcomes for their pupils.

Other requirements

All applicants will need to obtain an enhanced DBS check and will also need to pass the Professional Skills Tests.

About the training provider

For those seeking the rewarding experience of teaching in special schools, Chadsgrove Teaching School offers an exceptional opportunity to qualify as a primary teacher, but with additional enhanced skills to effectively teach pupils with SEND in both mainstream and specialist settings. You will train in vibrant schools offering exceptional opportunities to train alongside supportive colleagues with specialist skills and knowledge. Employment rates on completion of the course are extremely high, with all previous trainees attaining grade 1 or 2 at the end of their course and progressing to NQT years in both special and mainstream schools.

Our course integrates whole day sessions at the University of Birmingham (which involve a blend of lectures, subject workshops, seminars, tutorials or group-working sessions) with school-based training and teaching experience in both mainstream primary school and special school settings, enabling you to gain Primary Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with particular expertise in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We aim to equip teachers of the future with exemplary skills to meet the needs of learners with Special Educational Needs, through providing the highest quality of training experiences to nurture excellent practitioners. Our training partners include 11 special schools and specialist bases and mainstream primary schools covering south Birmingham, Worcestershire, Dudley, Sandwell, and Wolverhampton. School-based training days focus on a range of topics including curriculum subject teaching and planning, assessment, and understanding of specific SEND. All sessions are delivered by highly experienced practitioners and nationally acknowledged experts in their field.

About the accredited provider

We are proud to work in partnership with the University of Birmingham which has a long tradition of delivering ITT courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'Outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.

Together we provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and following successful completion of the PGCE, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies.

Contact details

01527 871511
Chadsgrove School
Meadow Road
B61 0JL


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: 17A
  • Training programme code: 25QH

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
3 Wyre Forest School Comberton Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 3DX
F Fort Royal Wyld's Lane, Worcester WR5 1DR

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