Primary and early years partnerships - information for trainees

primary home overviewBirmingham City University is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Training for Primary and Early Years teachers in the West Midlands.

We have enjoyed long and successful partnerships with primary schools from across the West Midlands and beyond. These collaborations with a wide variety of schools bring enormous benefits to you as a trainee teacher and the University as a training provider. Not only can you practise in a range of settings and with children from diverse cultural backgrounds, you also profit from the experience and expertise of our partners.

All our Initial Teacher Training courses have a successful track record in training and preparing effective and reflective primary practitioners. Ultimately, an overwhelming majority of trainees gain employment at the end of their course, which is immensely reassuring for you as you consider applying..

Primary and Early Years trainees spend at least 120 days (24 weeks) training in schools and/or Early Years settings. The experiences that they have in school form a significant part of their training and we value the expertise and support of our school-based colleagues. You will gain immeasurably from the school-focused training and placements and begin your journey as a teacher with professional guidance and immersion in different schools.


"Birmingham City University really stood out from the rest of my choices during the application stage, and has been in full support of my ideal career from the interview process to me achieving my QTS. The course structure has been carefully put together, in which each student’s needs are frequently listened to and responded to in a positive way. I definitely feel ready for the next step in September!" Ryan Pitt-Woodcock, PGCE Primary and Early Years

"The support and training provided throughout the PGCE course has been fantastic. I have enjoyed the training both in university and in school and have gained a wide range of knowledge. Completing this training with BCU has thoroughly equipped me for my future career and I cannot wait for it to begin!" Rachel Colloby, PGCE Primary and Early Years

"The PGCE was an amazing experience which allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills I needed to become a fantastic teacher. I could not have asked for a better group of staff to support me through the year." Nia Rodd, PGCE Primary and Early Years

"My experience at BCU has been great. Through their support and guidance I was able to achieve my dream." Jaspreet Sandhar, PGCE Primary and Early Years

"The PGCE course at Birmingham City University is a well-run, in-depth and fulfilling experience. Staff are always available and happy to aid in any way they can; and the campus is in an ideal location and provides fantastic facilities. Furthermore compared to other PGCE courses at other establishments I feel BCU offers the most support and provides the greatest opportunities." Arandeep Kang, PGCE Primary and Early Years

"Teacher training has been so much fun and so inspiring! From engaging school placements, practical lectures, wider opportunities and outstanding facilities, the course has allowed me to develop myself personally as well as providing me with the best possible platform to become an outstanding teacher." Benjamin King, BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Third Year

"It was my intention to keep my head down at uni, knuckle down to the task, and work hard on achieving my degree as I was training as a mature student alongside being a mum and caring for my two young children. However, making a brilliant group of friends and being encouraged by my lecturers, I became immersed in life on campus, becoming a SAL, and a member of the Campus Committee, I've peer-taught on induction weeks, and featured in a BCU marketing campaign.

My tutors have been extremely supportive of me during my time at BCU, both on campus and out on placements. It is BCU's support network that has helped me to flourish and leave university not only with an excellent degree classification but also the skills to be a creative, confident, caring primary school teacher." Liz Bird, BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Third Year

"Studying this course has been great! The course has been thoroughly planned to ensure the perfect balance between university sessions, assignments and placements as this was something I really feared! Support from tutors has been amazing and in turn has allowed me to excel academically and surpass my perceived capabilities by achieving a first class!" Ope Afuape, BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Third Year

Contact Us

For Partnership enquiries, please contact the Partnership Team:

Telephone: +44 (0)121 331 7105