Course Content

Our Primary (3- 7) route offers you a specialism in Early Years and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Under the School Direct programme, we are working with South Birmingham SCITT, who have been training teachers for over 18 years. As a collaboration, we are a truly school led route into teaching

Trainee 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 Daily Trainers and Lead Trainers to ensure they can offer the best support and guidance during the school placements. You are never in the classroom on your own and you will always have 2 "go to people" in school to support you during your placement

This course commences in September 2021 and will run until July 2022. It is full time and follows the academic year

 1 day a week will be spent in Professional Studies training either at Colmore Teaching School or the South Birmingham SCITT (Solihull Sixth Form). 4 days are spent in school from your first placement which starts in early November 

Fully supported remote learning via Microsoft Teams when necessary. We are offering a blended learning approach with socially distanced face to face delivery and online training.


Professional Studies includes subject pedagogy, research and reflective practice, routines and behaviour, teaching and learning strategies, meeting all children's needs, the importance of assessment, understanding of the wider educational context

Weekly reflection of teaching practice collates evidence against the Teacher Standards to be awarded QTS. You will have a weekly review with your Daily Trainer and regular meetings with your Lead Trainer.

4 Research assignments - 3000 words each - due in November, February, May and October

There's extra financial support available if you're a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability. The support listed here doesn't have to be paid back. Click on the link below for further information:

Successful Completion

All our School Direct courses last one academic year starting in early September to July. On successful completion of the course, you will have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with 80 Level 7 Masters credits. This will work towards a Masters in Teaching and Learning (this is more than a PGCertEd) Most PGCE courses only offer 60 Masters credits, we offer 60 in your training year and the option to gain a further 20 credits during your first term as a newly qualified teacher.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

General Primary and Early Years Route: GCSE English, Maths and Science Core - Grade C/ Grade 4 or above or their equivalent. You can still apply if you do not have the GCSEs. You would need to pass the GSCE before the start of the course in September 2022. This would form part of your conditional offer

Preferred Degree Classification

We consider all applications individually. A degree in a relevant subject, from a recognised UK higher education institution, or an equivalent.

The Professional Skills Tests 

These are no longer required for teacher training. We will base line test you in Numeracy and Literacy during the training year. Full support will be given to close any gaps

School Experience -we can help !

If you are considering teaching as a career, it would be advantageous to experience  life in school. This can help you make an informed decision. It is difficult at the moment to offer this due to the Covid 19 pandemic however  We offer online school information sessions via Zoom. Dates on our website . Apply through this website 

Disclosure and Barring Service

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of all Safeguarding procedures.

Fitness to Teach

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 or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.


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
  • Early Years Course Code: 2T3X

Course Fees

  • This is a fee paying route. Fees are £9250. 3 instalments in line with student finance