PGCE Secondary partnerships

Secondary partnershipsOur 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 trains 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). Partnership schools receive payments for their work with trainees.

These pages contain a range of documents and support materials to accompany our PGCE Secondary course. 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 trainee 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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Mentoring CPD

Mentors in partnership schools and colleges can enrol on a fully funded Level 7 module in Coaching and Mentoring.  You will be able to find out more about how to enrol on this CPD course during Mentor CPD Events on all ITE courses.

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For Partnership enquiries, please contact the Partnership Team:

Please be advised that our History Tutor, Helen Elliott, is currently on maternity leave.  Please direct enquiries in History to the PGCE programme lead:

General enquiries about placements should still be sent to as detailed in the Placement Information Pack and on the Placement Offers Form available on the links on these pages