Initial Teacher Training

Are you looking to train to teach at a university? We're in the Top 25 in the UK for undergraduate education courses (Guardian League Tables 2022), train more teachers than any other university in the West Midlands and have strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges and training organisations across the region. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate routes into teaching covering all age ranges, from early years to post-compulsory education.

Our courses

Undergraduate courses

If you're passionate about inspiring and educating young people, then a career in teaching might be for you. We offer courses in primary and secondary education. 

UG courses

PGCE courses

Our range of PGCE courses cover primary, secondary education and Post-Compulsory Education and Training.

PGCE courses

SKE courses

Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before your teacher training.

SKE courses

Placements

Placements are an important part of your experience if you’re a student training to be a teacher. You might feel excited but also wonder what it’s really like so you might be interested to hear from some of our students on a range of our initial teacher training courses who’ve shared their experience.

Interviews

So, you’ve completed your application form and received an email inviting you to book an interview. What’s next? For September 2022 entry, we are planning a mixture of online and in person interviews, depending on which course you have applied for. Your invitation will make clear whether you are being invited to a virtual or in person interview. The booking process is the same for both online and on campus interviews. 

Other routes

There are other pathways you can take to train to become a teacher, as well as the university-led approach, these include school direct and assessment only, depending on your previous qualifications. 

School Direct

School Direct is an innovative route into teaching which enables schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training through working in partnership with accredited ITT providers, such as Birmingham City University.

School Direct

Assessment only

If you're already an experienced teacher with a degree but you don't have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you may not have to do any further training. The Assessment Only (AO) route to QTS allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Teachers' Standards and can therefore be awarded QTS. 

Assessment only

Teach First

Teach First is a pioneering education charity that works to ensure that all children, regardless of their family income, receive a first class education. The charity partners with Birmingham City University to train inspirational primary and secondary school teachers.

Teach First

Career and Professional Development for Educators

We have many years of experience providing tailored continuing professional development (CPD) courses for schools in a range of curriculum subjects and wider aspects of teaching, learning, assessment and educational leadership. Let us work with you to help you to meet your organisation’s development priorities.

CPD