Secondary partnerships

Secondary partnerships


Our strength in secondary education is the close, working relationship we have with more than 200 secondary schools across the West Midlands. These close ties ensure we are able to produce the right teachers for this demanding sector.

The partnership offers both undergraduate and PGCE routes into teaching. The PGCE routes train secondary school teachers of Art & Design, Computer Science, Design and Technology (Food, Product Design and Textiles), Drama, English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education,  Religious Education and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). The undergraduate routes train secondary school teachers of Biology, Computing and Physical Education.

These pages contain a range of documents and support materials to accompany our Secondary courses. Documentation is intended to provide partners with a holistic understanding of the course and a more specific knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of tutors, mentors and BCU Associate Teachers.

BCU Partnership Agreement


" I can confirm that our commitment to BCU as a very close ITT partner continues to grow from strength to strength." - Professional Mentor and School Direct Lead - Holte School, Birmingham

"Birmingham City University are very supportive of trainees and the academy, we have employed several past students" -  Professional Mentor - Heartlands Academy, Birmingham

"The partnership we have with Birmingham City University is excellent.  The university tutors provide us with a good level of support and guidance." Professional Mentor - Kings School, Wolverhampton

"Very impressed with the whole structure and organisation of placements...Tutors are all very approachable and helpful, and paperwork is very clear " -  Professional Mentor - Wood Green Academy, Wednesbury

"I have always found the tutors at Birmingham City University very helpful and knowledgeable"  Professional Mentor - Kings Norton Boys School, Birmingham

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School Based Training Placement Opportunities 2022/23

Secondary ITE recruitment is ongoing, and we confidently expect to have a strong cohort of trainees across all subjects.  And as ever, most of our trainees will be local to Birmingham and nearby metropolitan areas – but we do occasionally require placements in neighbouring Local Authorities.  Therefore, we are now asking old and new BCU partner schools to commit to a year-long School Based Training partnership with us in 2022/23. We are reviewing our strategic approach and now asking for a commitment to BCU, NOT a commitment to either PGCE or Undergraduate courses.

Contact us

For Partnership enquiries, please contact the Partnership Team: