Biology with Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: South Birmingham SCITT

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
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

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For a map of the whole partnership, please visit

  • Full time course running from September 2019 to July 2020

*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

*£9000 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)

*Mock Professional Skills Tests (if you have not already taken 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 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 24 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 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 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 37 Primary Schools and 30 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 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - 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 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

Professional Skills Tests

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




*The ability to reflect



*Emotional Intelligence

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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. If you would like to gain some, please get in touch and we can arrange a place on our highly commended 2 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 students. Through the 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. 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 working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching

*Primary and Secondary Teacher Training

  • School led route

*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 a Post Graduate Qualification (MA Level 7 x 80 Masters Credits)

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

  • 50+ exciting and innovative schools in Birmingham and surrounding areas

*Known placements in schools that we work with and know

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

About the accredited provider

*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 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: 2T42

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
S South Birmingham SCITT Sixth Form College, Widney Manor Road, Solihull B91 3WR

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