Course Content

School Direct trainee Associate Teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days in good and outstanding schools from within our Alliance. We know these schools and work closely with them. We want you to learn from the best and be inspired by great teaching and learning.

Associate Teachers will be coached and mentored by outstanding teachers, senior leaders in education and university colleagues and will benefit from expertise from across the Alliance. Full training is given to mentors and class teachers to ensure they can offer the best support and guidance during the school placements.

Associate Teachers will have 60 days training which will be a blend of university and school led training.

Our Highly Employable Teacher programme has been designed and is delivered at The Teaching School, by current senior practitioners from within our Alliance and covers all areas of the Teacher Standards offering expertise, experiences and relevant practical solutions for all our trainees. We also offer interview, application and career mapping support for all our Associate Teachers. The feedback on this programme has been consistently high and a highlight of our training.

The focus of the School Direct PGCE Early Years (3-7) is the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. It is ideal for those who want to teach children between the ages of 3 and 7.

The course concentrates on three separate themes relating to primary education which address key government priorities:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Working with children who use English as an additional language (EAL)


Trainee Associate Teachers will be assessed through essay based assignments, a presentation and a portfolio of resources. The programme leads to a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 level 7 credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Fees and Funding

The fees for 2016/17 are £9000. Some Associate Teachers will be eligible for a student loan/bursary.

Please visit the University College Birmingham website for more details

Successful Completion

An appointment to a school within our Alliance will mean you will become part of our highly regarded NQT 12 month programme (with study for further masters credits available) and post NQT support and professional development to equip you for future career pathways.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science (or a recognised science equivalent)

Preferred Degree Classification - A 2:1 degree (honours) or above in a relevant subject from a recognised UK Higher Education Institute, or an equivalent

However if you feel you have sufficient relevant experience and additional skills to bring then we would consider your application with a 2:2 degree

Other Entry Requirements

All candidates are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests within 8 weeks of being offered a place.


Candidates should have the ability to travel to and from our partner schools and university.

School Experience

We require two weeks minimum of school based experience to be validated by a seen teaching form which needs to be signed by the Head Teacher and verified by the school. A Seen Teaching form can be found below.

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS teacher Training for programmes in England and Wales

  • Course Provider Code: 19Q
  • Early Years Course Code: 2T3X

School Experience Programme

We offer a 2 day primary school experience programme at The CPTSA which will cover Early Years (Primary 3-7) to the end of Key Stage 2. There will be a chance to see outstanding practice, critically observe lessons, the opportunity to teach and a learning walk from nursery to year 6. 

Seen Teaching Form

Click here to download the Seen Teaching Form 3-7