Initial Teacher Training
The Initial Teacher Education Courses, recently rated as 'outstanding' by OFSTED, are extremely well regarded at local and national level. They do not only offer teacher training in Primary or Secondary Education but also offer 120 credits at master’s level, making them the first of their kind in the country. All these programmes lead to Qualified teacher Status (QTS) and are offered in partnership with local schools. They combine all the practical advantages of school-based work with the experience and expertise of a team of University staff who specialise in initial teacher training. On satisfactory completion of their teacher training course and a successful induction year in school, student teachers may return to complete a 60-credit dissertation part-time and gain an MEd in Teaching Studies.
PGDipEd Subject Enhancement courses
These courses are for those who do not meet the subject entrance requirements for our Science: Physics or Mathematics PGDipEd courses.
We have also recently introduced a new route into teaching. School Direct is available within the School of Education, University of Birmingham through partnerships with both primary and secondary schools. There are two routes currently being offered:
School Direct Training programme
School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
The university’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) is available alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those who train to be a teacher via this route.
Education for Health Professionals
Education for Health Professionals is a series of three year-long part-time post-graduate programmes (PG Cert/PG Dip/MEd) for health professionals involved in the education and training of undergraduates and postgraduates.
Doctoral research training
There are four taught doctoral programmes within the school which comprise of taught modules and a research thesis as well as the cross college Integrated Study (Social Sciences) PhD. Alternatively you can undertake a research degree by thesis. All offer part-time study as an option.
Find out more about the research of our current doctoral researchers in the Department of Professional Education.
Claire Largen - An investigation into the experiences of progression and transition from Foundation Degree (FdA) to Bachelor of Arts (BA) for part-time, mature, female students.
Danyal Farsani - Making multimodal mathematical meaning in multilingual classrooms
Tom Harrison - How does the Internet influence the character virtues of 11-14 year olds in England?
Visit the Postgraduate Research pages to find out more about applying.
The University School
The University of Birmingham is establishing a University school and Sixth Form to be located near to the university. The university has been invited to make the school one of the Government's flagship partners in teacher education and it will become one of the first "University Training Schools" in the country.