Bath Spa Teacher Education

Welcome to the PGCE Initial Teacher Education programme, part of the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University. This is the start a life-changing journey, a unique opportunity to take part in a fresh approach to forward thinking Initial Teacher Education.

Working in partnership with schools, settings and other stakeholders, we are committed to providing high quality Initial Teacher Education to support the education of new teachers, children, young people and their communities.  We attract high calibre candidates to the profession from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and will ensure that you are well prepared to meet the demands of teaching in the 21st Century.

The PGCE programme offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, offered at Masters level (60 credits), with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We have recently been inspected by Ofsted and awarded a grade 1 for our Primary and Secondary programmes - representing an 'Outstanding' provision and the highest grade that can be given.


"Newly Qualified Teachers from Bath Spa are very much the first choice for employers in the local and wider area"

- Ofsted in 2015/16

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, offered at Masters level (60 credits) with the recommendation for Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS). This specialist award is designed for those who wish to specialise in work with babies and young children from birth to five years. The role early years teachers play will depend on the type of provision they work in, but whatever the setting, they will bring knowledge, skills and experience and contribute to improving outcomes for young children.

PGCE Primary

The PGCE Primary programmes are designed to support you in developing the professional attributes, knowledge, confidence and skills required for teaching across your chosen age-phase, either 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11.

PGCE Secondary

This Secondary programmes are designed to support you if you are interested in working with the 11-16 age range (with post-16 enhancement). Subjects include Art and Design, Computer Science with ICT, Design and Technology, English, Mathematics, Physics, Physics with Mathematics, Chemistry, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Business Studies, Religious Education.

PGCE Early Years

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) is a specialist programme designed for those already working or seeking to work with babies and children from birth to five years old. It has been created by the government in response to research which demonstrates that the quality of early education and childcare provision is higher when practice is led by specially trained early years graduate teachers.

Our Philosophy

The PGCE programme is underpinned by four key principles.  We believe that these are central to the process of becoming an effective teacher:

  • Effective learning takes place when knowledge is shared and contested with a wide range of learning partners
  • Professional discourse is robust and challenging
  • Research is used to investigate and challenge current practice and shape new ideas
  • Thinking skills are applied creatively and with purpose.

You will be expected to challenge your own thinking about the teacher you are becoming.

PGCE curriculum

The PGCE programme draws upon research, best practice and the use of new technologies to inform its curriculum. In all routes the PGCE curriculum is designed to develop characteristics that will ensure you are well equipped to meet the demands of this challenging but rewarding profession.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses

Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training in Mathematics, Modern Languages or Physics because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with one of our subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programmes.

Find out more about our SKE programmes in Mathematics, Modern Languages and Physics.

The Bath Spa Teacher 

The partnership believes that from the start of the journey to be excellent teachers, our trainees must recognise their professional responsibilities, as well as the impact they will have on the lives of children and young people. From the start of your training programme, you will be expected to make a positive contribution to children and young peoples’ learning and progress.

Because of this expectation, you will become a ‘Bath Spa Teachers’ (BSTs). The partnership believes that from starting with the acknowledgement of the trainees as teachers, you will embrace the professional qualities and attributes that are necessary for your successful outcomes, as well as those of the children’s and young people you teach.

Within the partnership, you as a BSTs will train in some of the most exciting, innovative and challenging schools and learn first-hand from experienced trainers. Commitment to inspiring, motivating, challenging and promoting high expectations in learning and behaviour for all children and young people is an essential quality you must demonstrate and will be an on-going expectation from you throughout your training.

The partnership will provide you with challenging, highly effective training and support that will impact on your progress throughout the PGCE year, into your NQT year and beyond.