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We offer a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level in education, childhood and youth and in university-based initial teaching training (ITT).

We also work with Teaching Schools and School Alliances in the delivery of the School Direct programme. We are the West Midlands regional provider for the pioneering education charity, Teach First.

Verity Graham
Verity Graham

BA (Hons) Primary with QTS

"I have undertaken a placement in a primary school for each academic year. Each placement was at a different school in a different year group so I was able to experience a wide range of teaching.

"These placements are crucial to the BA course and I would not have been able to develop my skills and knowledge to such a high standard without the experience of these three placements."

Placements are vital to our teacher training programmes. Whichever age phase you choose to specialise in as a trainee teacher – primary and early years, secondary or post-compulsory – you will undertake placements that enable you to develop a clear understanding of how schools and other educational establishments operate.

All students are inducted into the teaching profession and are required to integrate elements of current practice theory into their role while they undergo training.

PGCE Primary and Early Years Education

This well-structured and supervised programme includes block teaching practices where trainees will gain direct teaching experience and will observe experienced prac­titioners at work in the classroom.

PGCE Secondary Teacher Training

Two thirds of the course takes place in school and we ensure that students are offered a number of placements in a wide range of educational establishments – at least two different schools, plus visits to other schools, including a primary school – so valuable experience is gained in a variety of settings.


Gaining practical teaching experience is central to the course. You are required to teach for at least 150 hours over the duration of the course and to spend at least 60 days on placements.