Course Content

A variety of teaching styles and approaches to learning are used in the University's School Direct partnership training programme. These include university-based lectures, small group seminars and workshops, school-based work with pupils and teachers, and work undertaken individually or with other groups of students. The close relationship between School Direct schools and the university creates important learning and research opportunities for students.

Specialist university tutors are experts in their field and lead dedicated subject programmes. In some subjects a field course, involving work with children, may replace a number of single days in the year. Assessment is based on coursework undertaken during the year. There are specialist teaching facilities within the School of Education including a specialist Education Library, laboratories, student study areas and online facilities.

The 'whole school issues' part of the programme is concerned with aspects of education that are of importance to all intending teachers, irrespective of their particular teaching subjects. It is designed to provide a breadth of awareness, depth of insight and development of skills through a range of themes studied by all students. Themes currently include Managing Inclusion, Monitoring and Assessment, and Pastoral Care and Citizenship.

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Entry Profile

About the partnership

CPTSA and Birmingham City University are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching.  Our partnership will work closely together to provide trainee teachers with the opportunities they need to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning who will motivate and engage all learners.  Our Partnership aims to produce highly skilled graduate teachers who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, which will enable them to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.

Our partnership offers unrivalled facilities and excellent teaching informed by research and evidence.  Our programme will prepare trainee teachers to address the needs of all learners and their communities, to overcome disadvantage and barriers to learning and to continually reflect upon the impact of their professional practice.

About the training programme

CPTSA and Birmingham City University work closely together to deliver a programme to meet the needs of local schools, local learners and local teachers.  Trainees will spend the majority of their time in school-based practice and centre-led training sessions at specific times.

Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops, taught sessions, seminar groups and individual study.

To complement this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy.  Specialist subject knowledge is up-dated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements.

Trainee teachers are expected as early career professionals to take on significant responsibility for their own progress and development.  A system of professional development profiling is welcomed particularly among those who have completed the course because it sets them apart from their peers in their first year of teaching.

About the training provider

Student accommodation is available.

Child Care Facilities
There are no child care facilities at City North campus

Disability Access
All teaching and learning resource areas on this campus are physically accessible via level or ramped access and lifts. There are also numerous accessible toilet facilities. All passenger lifts have speech output and there is tactile paving to assist blind and visually impaired people through the campus. External steps are marked with white edging.

An accessible shopping centre called One Stop is close by and has level access to most shops and lift access to other floors. Unfortunately Perry Barr train station, which is close to the campus, is not wheelchair accessible.

Public Transport

Student Facilities

Study Facilities

Where to Find Us
City North Campus

Perry Barr


B42 2SU

United Kingdom


Initial selection - The initial selection of candidates is based on information given in the UCAS application form. Interviews are offered to those applicants who hold, or are working towards, the qualification and experience required. Having experience in a secondary school and/or with secondary aged pupils is very important.

Interview preparation - Candidates will be sent a report to read in preparation for the interview. Subject audits are also sent out in advance.

Observation of teaching - Prior to the interview, candidates will be asked to arrange a short teaching experience. The observers will be interested in your interactions with the pupils.

A presentation - The interview process includes a presentation. Typically your presentation will allow you to demonstrate your subject knowledge in the context of learning and teaching. Subject knowledge will also be audited as part of the interview process.

Written exercises - The interview process includes written exercises to investigate your competence with written English. You will also be asked to complete a simple task designed to prompt discussion about your resilience for the training programme and the teaching profession.

A personal interview - The interview process includes a personal interview much of which is based on the report you have read in preparation.

Fees and Funding

The fees for 2017/18 are £9000. Some trainees may eligible for a student loan/bursary.

Successful Completion

An appointment to our alliance will mean that you become part of our highly regarded training and development programmes (with study for Masters credits available on some courses) and post-NQT support and professional development to equip you for future career pathways.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths - grade C or above or their equivalent

Preferred Degree Classification: A degree from a recognised UK higher education institution, or an equivalent, at least 50% of which is in the subject that you intent to teach. There can be a wide range of degrees that are relevant to teaching specialist subjects at secondary level that will be acceptable. The minimum classification accepted is a 2.2.

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. Birmingham University offers support for the skills test.

School Experience

Candidates should have enough experience volunteering or working in schools to ensure a sound understanding of the profession. Specifically, we expect you to have a basic understanding of some effective teaching and learning techniques, some behaviour management strategies and basic age related expectations for the pupils.


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

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS Teacher Training for programmes in England and Wales

  • Course Provider Code: 19Q

Secondary Subjects:

  • English - 2J4W
  • History - 2J4S
  • Maths - 2J4X
  • MFL (French) - 2J4R
  • RE - 2VFZ