Initial Teacher Training

Ofsted outstanding primaryOutstanding_Colour_ITESecondaryThe 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 the equivalent of 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 MA in Teaching Studies.

Currently the PGDipEd is available in the following subjects:



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.

School Direct

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. 

Visit the Postgraduate Research pages to find out more about applying. 

The University School

The University school and Sixth Form is located near to the university. It is one of the first "University Training Schools" in the country.