BA (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status

Thinking of Teaching in a Primary School?

With the Haybridge Alliance SCITT you can now complete a BA(Hons) undergraduate degree programme with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Who is the course relevant for?

Anyone who would like to be a primary school teacher and has A levels or equivalent.

What will the course delivery be like?

As a trainee you will be placed in a host school for two days each week.

For a further 1.5 days you will have directed study time at the Haybridge Alliance SCITT, based either at Haybridge High School or at Pinvin C of E First School in Pershore, Worcestershire.

The remaining 1.5 days will be for self-directed study time and enrichment activities.

What are the benefits of this route into teaching?

School-based training means that trainees will be placed in a school environment from the start of their training, learning from experienced teachers/mentors whilst using and applying their knowledge and understanding to classroom learning through teaching placements.

You will take part in a variety of training which focuses on developing a reflective and critical evaluation of research, practice and policy to ensure that your pedagogical knowledge reflects current thinking.

You will be based in a different school each year to give you a wide experience of working in a variety of schools.

Haybridge Alliance SCITT is able to offer a bespoke approach to this undergraduate programme and the achievement of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We are currently the only training provider in the West Midlands to offer the school-based three year undergraduate course and we are already extremely experienced in supporting trainees to become outstanding teachers through our PGCE route. We have many host schools across the West Midlands and this enables us to find the best schools to place and support each of our trainees.

In addition to resources from the Haybridge Alliance SCITT, you will be able to access resources from Birmingham City University.

How will I be assessed?

The Teachers' Standards form the basis of assessments of trainee progress throughout the year. Each half term our school-based trainers refer to our step-by-step framework for assessing trainee teachers, which explicitly states the competencies trainees are required to demonstrate, not just in their teaching, but overall as a teacher. Our framework is used to support regular summative assessments and used formatively to identify where training opportunities are needed. This framework is shared directly with trainees so that you are well-equipped to self-evaluate and prioritise targets for their continued development.

You will be assessed through a combination of evidence portfolios, reflective journals, written assignments, written examinations, group presentations, case studies and a research project in the final year, as well as through observations of your teaching practice.

You will receive feedback on your interactions with the children, which increasingly focuses on the specifics of how your teaching promotes learning. When overall judgements are made on the quality of lessons, school-based trainers will refer to set criteria which have been developed by the Alliance, and which are based on the Ofsted Framework for School Inspections. This ensures consistency of judgement across the Alliance, as well as allowing trainees from the very beginning to understand how qualified teachers are judged in terms of their teaching.

What are the entry requirements?

You need a minimum of 5 GCSES at Grade 4/C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).

You need a minimum of 112 UCAS points from A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications (for details of other equivalency qualifications, contact UCAS).

We will conduct an interview, a health check and a criminal record (DBS) declaration.

How do I apply?

You need to apply for the course via UCAS. Our Institutional Code is H26 and the course code is HAYP.

Securing a place on a programme of teacher training with us is a very competitive process so, to give yourself every advantage, you need to ensure that your application stands up to scrutiny against those of other applicants. Information and guidance on filling in your UCAS Undergraduate application can be found here.

To submit a strong application, please consider including information on the following attributes:

  • Your knowledge and understanding of primary education, including the National Curriculum and other current educational initiatives.
  • Your knowledge and understanding of the role of the primary teacher.
  • Your experience in a UK state primary school.
  • Your confidence and competency with ICT.
  • Personal qualities that evidence that you are able to work on your own initiative and manage workload, able to work co-operatively and effectively with people from a diverse society, able to build relationships with children that promote learning, and have interests and talents that would enhance children's learning experiences.
  • Your willingness to seek employment in the local area.

It is important that you utilise every word allowed in your total word count on your Personal Statement. We will be looking for applicants who demonstrate that they will thrive in their future role as a teacher that they have a creative and innovative approach, which will inspire both children and colleagues. We want to see that you will strive to provide the best opportunities that you can for the children in your care to learn and flourish, that you will have the highest expectations of yourself, and that you will be a credit to the teaching profession.

You will have to submit references for our consideration. If you are applying whilst still at school/college, your referee should be someone who knows you academically and can talk about your work ethic, interaction with other students and your suitability for higher education or a future career.

We recommend that you ask your tutor, teacher, principal or head teacher. If you are already employed within a school setting, your referee must be the Headteacher of the school in which you work. If you left education years ago, you can use an employer, volunteering supervisor or trainer, or preferably, if you have undertaken any work experience in a school, please use the Headteacher of that school as your referee. We highly recommend that you don’t ask family, friends, partners or ex-partners though – if you do your application may be cancelled.

Haybridge Alliance SCITT is committed to equal opportunities and will not discriminate on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex or marital status or on the grounds of disability. We encourage potential applicants with disabilities, or other special needs, to visit the Alliance and discuss any programme adjustments that might be deemed reasonable. All efforts will be made to support an individual's needs, but applicants should be aware that unsuccessful management of a condition may result in termination of the programme.

Tuition fees

£9,250 per year

Want to know more?

If you'd like to ask something else, or would like anything clarified, please don't hesitate to contact us.