Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance
Mathematics (2J4X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Please visit our website for further information.

For a map of the whole partnership, please visit

  • Full time course running from September 2020 to July 2021

*1 day a week in Professional Studies training at our Solihull or Kings Heath campus

*4 days a week on placement in school

*Placement schools are carefully selected allocated primarily upon the location of the trainee

*Professional Studies includes subject pedagogy, research and reflective practice, routines and behaviour, teaching and learning strategies, meeting all childrens' needs, the importance of assessment, understanding of the wider educational context

*Trainees become reflective practitioners with specific targets to move their practice forward

*Weekly reflection of teaching practice collates evidence against the Teacher Standards to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

*4 research assignments (3000 words each )- Nov, Feb, May and Oct submissions

*80 Level 7 Credits towards a Masters in Teaching and Learning (this is more than a PGCertEd)

*Ongoing early career development including the opportunity to complete the PGDip Ed at the end of the NQT year and the full Masters in subsequent year (s)

*Career support from day one. We offer mock interviews, support with application forms and job opportunities

*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 the Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance or the South Birmingham SCITT

Course Fees

*£9250 tuition fee - you may be eligible for a student loan

*Subject dependent training bursaries may be available

Interview process

Apply to us through UCAS

Interview and Assessment Process

*Delivery of a 20 minute pre planned learning activity with a small group of children followed by a written reflection

*Formal panel interview

*Subject Knowledge Baseline (to enable us to identify any specific gaps in knowledge)

*Literacy and Numeracy baseline tests

*5 minute presentation about yourself

Your interview will take place in one of our Partnership Schools (but not necessarily the school you will be placed in)

You will have the opportunity to meet School Direct Leads, the SCITT Course Manager/Director and colleagues from within the partnership

*You will be informed of our decision within 48 hours

*Verbal feedback will be given even if you are not successful

How school placements work

School placements are based on two factors. The first is the home address 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 partner school in your location. Travel time will be no more than 1 hour from your home

A map of all the Partnership Schools can be found on our website We have Primary Schools and Secondary Schools to choose placements from.

We offer an ABA placement model with the A placement being in your preferred key stage in the Autumn and Summer Term. The B placement, in the Spring term, would be in the opposite key stage at a differing school setting to offer you a contrasting setting.

Your journey time would once again be our top consideration


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

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

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths 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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Secondary - GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language, or equivalent - Grade C/4 or above

Degree (1, 2:1, 2:2 or 3rd) As a guide we would expect to see 50% of your degree and/or the A Levels that you took to be relevant to the subject you are applying

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

Personal qualities

We look for a whole range of personal qualities in our trainees including

  • Resilience




*Reflective practice



*Sense of humour

Check out our website

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. If you would like to gain some, please get in touch and we can arrange a place on our highly commended 1 day School Experience programme

More details can be found on our website

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

The Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance (CPTSA) is committed to achieving personal and academic excellence for all trainee teachers. Through a true school led partnership, we aim to develop and support future teachers in becoming the next generation of outstanding practitioners. We aim to provide new teachers with the opportunity to learn, develop and practise the skills needed to be successful in a highly supportive environment. We work with over 50 schools in the local and surrounding areas. Well being and pastoral support of all our students underpins everything we do.

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, supported and school led route into teaching

*Primary and Secondary Teacher Training

  • School led route

*Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (MA Level 7 x 80 Masters Credits) This is higher than a PGCE

*100% employment rates

*Learn from real teachers in real classrooms who are doing the job today

  • Bespoke programme to reflect your starting point

*I day in training, 4 days in school from day one

  • 50+ exciting and innovative schools in Birmingham and surrounding areas ready to support your placement

*Placements in schools that we know and trust

  • Consideration for placements is based on where you live, your personal circumstances and travel arrangements

About the accredited body

*17 years' experience training new teachers

  • Recognised locally and nationally for its strong provision

*Highly skilled practitioners delivering training to ensure high quality learning for the trainee

  • NQTs consistently rate us in the Top 10 providers via the Good Teacher Training Guide
  • Recognised locally and nationally for its strong provision

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 of 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 675 8766
Colmore Teaching School Alliance
Colmore Road
Kings Heath
B14 6AJ


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: 19Q
  • Training programme code: 2J4X

Choose a training location

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

Location Vacancies Code
South Birmingham SCITT
Sixth Form College, Widney Manor Road, Solihull B91 3WR
Yes S

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