Yorkshire Anglican Teaching School Alliance
Primary (39F8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a primary school teacher, then studying our one-year Primary Education PGCE with QTS could help you on your way. Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post within a primary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 5-11 age range. The course programme is divided into two main themes:

  • Developing Primary Curriculum Knowledge We’ll develop your subject content and pedagogical knowledge to support effective teaching across the primary curriculum. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum. You’ll be encouraged to further develop your personal subject knowledge, skills and understanding and to develop subject specific teaching strategies to support pupils’ progress.
  • Supporting Learning and Progress in the Primary School We’ll prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your teaching skills and understanding of how to meet the needs of all learners. Themes include
  • How young people learn,
  • Teaching and learning techniques to support pupils’ progress;
  • Behaviour management
  • Assessment,
  • Inclusive, creative and innovative teaching methods and how to plan lessons.

You will research evidence based learning theories, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary schools and begin to develop your own educational philosophy. You’ll learn in friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed. Course tutors are experienced teachers and you’ll have a personal academic tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other trainee teachers.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence. There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further. Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the Department for Education. Two of the PGCE modules are at Master’s level and you’ll have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Master’s degree, supporting your NQT year and early professional development.

Interview process

You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability to train to teach:

  • You will have an interview with a member of the course team
  • You will be asked to prepare and lead an activity with a small group of children in one of our partnership schools
  • Complete tasks designed to evaluate your fundamental English and mathematics skills

How school placements work

For all trainees, their school based training is the central element of their initial teacher education. You will undertake at least two compulsory placements as part of your course and will spend 120 days in at least two schools. You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and from supportive mentoring to help you to develop into a confident and successful teacher. You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in primary education. You’ll have the support of mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations. Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of classroom practice.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

The tuition fee for PGCE students in 2019/20 is £9,250. Find out more information about financial support available to PGCE students on the UCAS website.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University. You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year. When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year. If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/tuition-fees/) pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.



  • An Honours degree with a classification of 2:2 or above.
  • GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme) or equivalent.

Personal qualities

  • You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme. Please spend some time gaining experience in a primary school to give you a greater insight into your career choice & help you decide whether teaching is right for you. Other areas of experience may also support your application.

Other requirements

  • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • You should provide two references. Where applicants have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of the referees should be a member of staff who can comment on your potential to train to teach.

About the training provider

Yorkshire Anglican TSA are proud to be working in partnership with The Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University We work with Partnership schools across local authorities which means we can offer a diverse selection of schools and a contrasting experience which supports your learning & development. What our trainees say:- We have a strong track record of success. Trainees make very good progress, are well supported to achieve success & demonstrate good/outstanding outcomes at the end of their placements with us. 100% of trainees of trainees who qualified in 2018 were employed.
“When applying for my School Direct placement, I was initially attracted to Scissett CE Academy because of the school’s location and its ethos. During my interview I felt that the staff effectively assessed my abilities and provided me with a great deal of information for me to start my teacher training journey.” Alec Ross Bower former trainee.

“My training experience at Scissett CE Academy has given me the tools to become an enthusiastic, creative & driven primary school teacher. The support and guidance I received throughout my training was excellent and all staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. Within my placements I was given broad opportunities to develop my classroom, behaviour management, teaching style & subject knowledge, always with the consistent support of my mentor. From my experience I would highly recommend Scissett CE Academy to any potential applicant.” Chloe James former trainee

About the accredited body

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers, training around 1,500 every year with local and national partners. Operating strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice. By studying with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate & committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive. We look forward to welcoming you.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our Wellbeing & Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. Including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities, hearing & visual impairments, social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues. Our aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you’re capable of. For more information please email disability@hud.ac.uk.

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as a provider of school-based teacher training and have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.

Although each of our partner schools has differing access arrangements, all schools are Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.

Our programme effectively begins from the moment you engage with us. We guide you every step of the way from application to completion of your first year of employment and beyond. We take trainee welfare extremely seriously and consideration is given to workload and well-being; enabling us to deal with and remove barriers to learning.

Contact details

Wakefield Road
West Yorkshire


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