Ninestiles, an Academy
Geography (2CWD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited provider
South Birmingham SCITT
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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

About this course

Please visit our website at for further information and a map of our whole partnership

  • Full time; September to July
  • 1 day in Professional Studies training (Solihull Campus - Our training suite is located at The Sixth Form College Solihull – 5 minutes from the centre of Solihull and 20 minutes from Birmingham City Centre
  • 4 days in placement
  • Placement schools allocated primarily upon the location of trainee
  • Professional Studies includes subject pedagogy (occasionally these are held at the CPTSA and BCU Campus), research and reflective practice, routines & behaviour, teaching & learning strategies, meeting all children’s needs, the importance of assessment, understanding of the wider educational context
  • Trainees become reflective practitioners with specific targets to move their practice forwards
  • Weekly reflection of teaching practice collates evidence against the Teachers Standards to be awarded Qualified Teachers Status (QTS)
  • 4 research assignments (3000 words each - Nov, Feb, May and Oct submission)
  • 80 L7 Credits towards a Masters in Teaching and Learning (this is more than a PGCertEd)
  • Ongoing early career development … including the opportunity to complete the PGDipEd at the end of the NQT year and the full Masters in subsequent year(s)
  • Expert support via School Based Trainers, Professional Tutors, Subject Tutors, Ex-Trainees and BCU Tutors – and cohort peers!

Our programmes are all the same whether they are through our SCITT or our School Direct Partners.

South Birmingham SCITT

Colmore Primary Teaching School Alliance

Ninestiles Teaching School Alliance

The Augustine Partnership

Waverley Teaching School

Interview process

Apply through UCAS

Interview day

  • Formal panel interview
  • Delivery of a 20 minute pre planned learning activity
  • Subject Knowledge Baseline (to enable us to identify any specific gaps in knowledge)
  • Professional Skills Mocks (if you haven’t already got them, this is to enable us to support you with any potential gaps)
  • 5 minute presentation about yourself

Your interview will take place in one of our Partnership Schools (but not necessarily the one you will be placed in!). You will have the opportunity to meet School Direct Leads, the SCITT Course Manager / Director and colleagues from the partnership.

We will inform you of our decision within 48 hours

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How school placements work

School placements are based on two factors. The first is the location of the trainee. We want to ensure that your travel time is accessible and not too time constraining. The second is the availability of a Partnership school in your location. We always limit travel time to no more than 1 hour from home.

We have a map of all our Primary and Secondary schools on our website ( We have 37 Primary Schools and 30 Secondary Schools to choose placements from.

The majority of our trainees stay in their first allocated placement for the Autumn and Summer Term, completing their second placement in the Spring Term. We need to ensure that the second placement will give you a contrasting experience, so this may mean a slightly different journey for you – but we will always ensure that it is accessible, for example if you don’t drive.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

£9000 tuition fee – you may be eligible for a student loan

Subject dependent training bursaries may be available

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Secondary -

GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language – or equivalent – Grade C/4 or above.

Degree (1, 2:1, 2:2, 3) - as a guide we would expect to see 50% of your degree and / or the ALevels that you took to be relevant to the subject in which you’re applying.

Professional Skills tests.

Please note all applications are individually assessed. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your entry qualifications.

Personal qualities




Reflective practice



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Other requirements

If you studied outside of the UK, you will need to visit NARIC, as a certificate of proof for equivalence will need to be attained.

We do not expect you to have school experience upon application - But if you would like to gain some please get in touch and we will arrange this for you.

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of all Safeguarding procedures.

You will be asked to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire

About the training provider

NTSA celebrates the rich and diverse school communities that make up our schools. Sharing, listening to and respecting each other’s views. We support each other, honouring our different backgrounds, to create a safe and equal environment for all. We are fiercely ambitious for all our pupils and challenge them to do their best, every lesson, every day. Curiosity is the engine of intellectual achievement. The life of a curious person is never boring!

Under the School Direct programme we are working in partnership with The South Birmingham SCITT and are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching.

  • Primary and Secondary Teacher Training
  • School – Led (SCITT and Schools Direct)
  • Learn from real teachers in real classrooms
  • 100% employment rates
  • Bespoke programme offering high levels of support to enable you to reach your full potential
  • Qualified Teacher Status and Post Graduate Qualification (MA Level7 x 80)
  • 1 day in training, 4 days in placement
  • 50+ exciting and innovative schools in Birmingham and its surrounding areas
  • Strategic partners of a number of Teaching Schools to secure individuals early career entry and opportunities into leadership
  • 16 years’ experience training new teachers
  • Recognised locally and nationally for its strong provision
  • Highly skilled practitioners to ensure high quality learning for the trainee
  • NQTs consistently rate us in the top 10 providers via the Good Teacher Training Guide

Training with disabilities and other needs

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of an Occupational Health Check to satisfy the requirements for Fitness to Teach.

We endeavour to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.

If you are disabled or have a specific learning difficulty, all reasonable adjustments will be made.

Contact details

0121 704 2581 ext 2939
Solihull 6th Form College
Widney Manor Road


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: 19O
  • Training programme code: 2CWD

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Name Address Code
Main Site Hartfield Crescent, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27 7QG -

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