Bath Spa University
Primary (5-11) Mathematics Specialism (3D27)

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

We offer both full-time and part-time training routes.

On the full-time programme, we offer specialisms in: English, mathematics, science, SEN/D, behaviour, ML, the Arts. Specialisms involve additional training and may require specific entry to the specialism requirements. Please contact 01225 875633 for further guidance.

Our four key principles of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and care form the foundation of our practice and partnership. They are interwoven through all aspect of our curriculum and across university and school training and will be recognisable to you during your time with us.

Through a carefully designed and sequenced curriculum, and with the expertise, advice and support of both university and school trainers, you will become a well-qualified and highly skilled teacher.

University curriculum strands include: English, Mathematics, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers, as well as immersion days in the foundation subjects. We regularly seek and respond to feedback from our trainees and schools to ensure your professional needs are met. University training will combine subject knowledge, pedagogy and skills as well as preparation for your school training.

During assessed school training you will have the opportunity to apply, practice and master your teaching knowledge, pedagogy and classroom skills. You will be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments. As a developing professional teacher, you will have the awareness of, joy and privilege of impacting on children’s learning, progress and well-being.

As part of your academic award, you will undertake assignments, informed by research and theories that will enrich and enhance your practice in the classroom.

Throughout both university and school training, we will closely monitor and support your progress. You will be assigned and Academic Tutor in university who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training, you will be supported by a Training Mentor who will regularly review your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

Throughout the programme we will support you in developing empathy and emotional resilience, as well as encouraging you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice.

By the end of the programme you will become creative practitioners, critical thinkers, collaborative colleagues and professional teachers who care for and nurture the learners they teach.

If you wish to apply for the part-time route please contact

Interview process

The interview process consists of a day long interview.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an interview by email. Full details of the day are normally provided two weeks before the date.

The interview day consists of a micro teach session, group discussions and an individual interview. Candidates are interviewed by a BSU Course Tutor and a teaching professional.

How school placements work

Bath Spa University Partnership:

Our Partnership of schools span across Bath, Bristol, all counties in the South West, and beyond. Each year we work with over 250 partnership schools, the vast majority of these regularly training our trainees. Many of our schools work in ‘clusters’, meaning groups of schools working together to give you the very best training experience.

Bath Spa Teachers (BSTs):

The Partnership believes that from the start of your journey to be a well-educated and highly skilled teacher you are a ‘professional teacher in training’. In recognition of this, you will hold the identity of a Bath Spa Teacher (BST), rather than a trainee. You will embrace the professional qualities and attributes expected of a professional teacher, and colleagues who train you will respect this status.

At least two school placements:

As required of all ITE providers, you will spend the vast majority (at least 120 days) of your training in school. There will be an initial induction/preparation time (approx. three weeks) at the start of your training in the University to ensure you are prepared for your school training. For the remainder of your programme, you will spend each week, one day on campus and four days in school.

We offer 3-7, 5-11 and 7-11 routes within the Primary and Early Years programmes. This means that you will have training and assessed placements across your selected age phase,

3-7 BSTs will train and be assessed in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

5-11 BSTs will train and be assessed in the Key Stages 1 and 2

7-11 BSTs will train and be assessed in lower and upper Key Stage 2

To ensure you will be able to teach across all age phases, the University element of our curriculum will give you the opportunity to train across the whole Primary and Early Years age range. This means that although you will be an expert in your selected age phase, you will not be limited to that age phase for your future teaching career.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,300

Please note the fees above are for the PGCE in 2019/20. The 2020/21 fees are subject to review by government in January 2020.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:

  • a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
  • at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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.



You’ll need a good honours degree; your degree can be in any subject. We only accept candidates with GCSE passes at grade C (4) or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

Personal qualities

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Other requirements

  • During your training with us, we will implement, support and assure your competency in Fundamental English and mathematics, as required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Fitness to train to teach check to ensure you are medically fit to take a teacher training course.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks – this is the Government scheme, to enable the identification of people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. For more information visit: 

About the training provider

Bath Spa University has a long and successful tradition of Initial Teacher Education dating back over 70 years. Newton Park campus was opened as Bath Teacher Training College in the 1940s, and the University, in partnership with local schools, is now the largest provider of teacher education in the area, extending across all counties in the South West and beyond.

The Bath Spa University Partnership we will provide you with challenging and highly effective training and support that will impact on your progress throughout your training year, and into your early careers as teachers. You will train in exciting, innovative and challenging schools and learn first-hand from experienced classroom teachers. We will ensure that the quality of the curriculum you experience will ensure you are worthy of employment within our partnership schools and beyond.

Our belief that all children deserve the very best teachers was important to our Partnership in those early days, and is still central to our practice today. We believe that education plays a key role in promoting social justice and reducing social inequalities, and that well qualified and highly skilled teachers, make a difference to the lives and futures of the learners they teach.

Bath Spa University has been awarded a Grade 1 'outstanding' for its Primary and Secondary ITE programmes by the quality regulator Ofsted, which is the highest grade that can be given.

Training with us, will ensure you become the very best teachers that all children and young people deserve.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Student Wellbeing Services

Questions about mental health, money or wellbeing? We provide professional advice and guidance, to help you make the most of your studies and university life.

Disability and Accessibility

All students should have an equal opportunity to experience university. We provide confidential information, guidance, and practical support to students with a disability or specific learning difference.

Mental health and wellbeing

Mental Health Practitioners are available to speak with applicants and current students about your situation and explore options. You can get help liaising with external services and access short term counselling at Bath Spa.

Money Advice

We give students practical advice on managing money, financial entitlement and sourcing additional income. Our aim is to enable you to take control of your finances.

Further information can be found on our website,

Contact details

01225 875633
Newton Park Campus
Newton St Loe
Bath and North East Somerset


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: B20
  • Training programme code: 3D27

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
Bath Spa University
Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN
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