Bath Spa University
Primary and Early Years (Part Time) - 5-11 QTS (3FGH)

QTS part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 February 2019
Date course starts
January 2019

About the course

From January 2019, we will be offering both a full-time and a part-time route that will consist of the following elements.

University-based training

We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands: English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.

School-based training

This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.

You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching.

In addition, you’re required to complete two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.

We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor 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 also be supported by a training mentor, who is usually the class teacher.

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

Partnership between the University, schools and other educational settings is central to effective teacher education. Our partnership is committed to training the next generation of high quality teachers. Our Teacher Education Partnership has established an understanding that in working together we can successfully prepare teachers who are committed to success in educational achievement for all children and young people.

Vision of excellence of the Partnership

The Partnership is committed to the successful learning and progress of all children and young people, and we believe that excellent teachers make a difference to their lives and futures. As a trainee within our Partnership you will be offered high quality training experiences that will ensure both your future success as a teacher, and that children progress and achieve the best outcomes in their learning.

Bath Spa Teachers (BSTs)

The Partnership believes that from the start of your journey to be an excellent teacher, you should understand your professional responsibilities, as well as the impact you will have on the lives of children and young people. We therefore recognise you as a ‘Bath Spa Teacher’ (BST) from the outset, embracing the necessary professional qualities and attributes.

Within the Partnership, you train in some of the most exciting, innovative and challenging schools and learn first-hand from experienced trainers. Commitment to inspiring, motivating, challenging and promoting high expectations in learning and behaviour for all children and young people is an essential quality you must demonstrate and will be an ongoing expectation from you throughout your training.

The Partnership will provide you with highly effective training. You will be supported through your training year and into your NQT year and beyond.

You will gain experience in a minimum of two schools/settings across appropriate age phases. The Primary (5-11) programme will have training across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,900

Please note the fees above are for the PGCE in 2018/19. The 2019/20 fees are subject to review by government.

For 2019/20 fee information please visit the student finance pages on our website.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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

Professional Skills test – you are required to pass literacy and numeracy QTS skills tests. If successful at interview, you will be made an offer with the condition that you pass your skills test by the start of the course. For more information visit:

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 officially 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.

Bath Spa University has been awarded a grade 1 'outstanding' for its primary and secondary teacher education programmes by the quality regulator Ofsted, which is the highest grade that can be given. The programmes build on a long established history of teacher training, excellent education research, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

From January 2019, we will also be offering a part-time route into the Primary (5-11) and Primary (7-11) Programmes.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have a range of support services designed to help you get the most out of your time at Bath Spa University. You’ll find advice, guidance, information and ideas on a range of issues, provided by specialist staff who will share their expertise and help guide you through the many activities and issues that you may encounter. Further information can be found on our website.

  • Student Support

Most students find themselves needing a bit of help at times as they juggle different priorities and demands. Common concerns include balancing study, work and social life, personal issues, friends and relationship difficulties, health or loneliness. We won’t make decisions for you – but we’ll help you to make them 
for yourself.

  • Disability and Accessibility

Our specialist team gives information, advice and guidance to our students with a disability, including those with a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D), on the autism spectrum, with mental health or medical conditions or with sensory 
or mobility impairments.

  • Mental health and wellbeing

Our team is here to help you cope with the demands of the PGCE year, build resilience and enable you to engage with your own mental health.

  • Money Advice

We can guide you through the intricacies of funding your teacher training and give advice on loans and other forms of funding, on budgeting and how to handle and negotiate debt. We also administer loans and grants which are available in special circumstances to students experiencing financial hardship.

Contact details

01225 875875
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: 3FGH

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
Main Site
Yes -

Support and advice

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