Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust Primary (2C6F)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This is our 5-11 Primary Course (KS1 & KS2)

You will attend training at Leeds Trinity as well as receiving on the job training from teachers and leaders in each placement school. This training will stand you in good stead to be the teacher you’ve always wanted to be.

Assessment is based on written assignments and teaching performance.

Following qualification, you will most likely be offered an opportunity to teach in one of your placement schools and so begin the career of a lifetime!

School placements

You will have 2 placements, 1 in a primary school and 1 in an alternative primary school. There are 17 primary schools that offer placements. Your schools will be chosen based on where you live and the characteristics of the schools - we aim to give you as broad an experience as possible.

Stage 1 begins in September and finishes in November. Stage 2 begins in December and runs through to May, incorporating Stage 3.

Full support will be given to you at each placement by an in-school mentor and a Lead Mentor who works across all schools.

If there is any impact on school placements as a result of Covid 19, we will inform you before the course starts.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Our Lady & St Brendan’s
Bank, Bradford, BD10 0QA
Our Lady of Victories
Guard House, Keighley, BD22 6JP
St Anne’s
North Street, Keighley, England, BD21 3SE
St Anthony’s, Clayton
Bradford Road, Bradford, BD14 6HW
St Anthony’s, Shipley
High Busy Lane, Shipley, BD18 1HD
St Clare’s
Fagley Road, Bradford, BD2 3JD
St Columba’s
Tong Street, Bradford, BD4 9PY
St Cuthbert & The First Martyrs’
Scotchman Road, Bradford, BD9 5AT
St Francis
Myers Lane, Bradford, BD2 4ES
St John the Evangelist
Beacon Road, Bradford, BD6 3DQ
St Joseph’s, Bingley
Crownest Road, Bingley, BD16 4HQ
St Joseph’s, Bradford
Park Lane, Bradford, BD5 0RB
St Joseph’s, Keighley
Queens Road, Keighley, BD21 1AR
St Matthew’s
Saffron Drive, Bradford, BD15 7NE
St Walburga’s
Victoria Park, Shipley, BD18 4RL
St William’s
Young Street, Bradford, BD8 9RG
St Winefride’s
St Paul’s Avenue, Bradford, BD6 1SR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

These can be accessed through Leeds Trinity University’s partners. The admissions office will supply more information once you have the offer of a place on our programme.

Personal qualities

Training with BCWCAT requires you to be:

  • Committed
  • Creative
  • Engaging
  • Confident
  • Hard-working
  • A people person
  • Resilient
  • Happy

Other requirements

Whilst not a requirement, we look for our applicants to have shown commitment to teaching by having experience of working with children in a range of contexts, where possible.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

About the training provider

We are The Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust, a forward thinking and innovative Trust consisting of 17 Primary Schools. We are a passionate partnership of Catholic schools committed to sharing talent, faith, experience, leadership and excellent teaching to improve achievement in schools across Bradford, Keighley and beyond. We have a hugely successful Schools Direct Programme, working closely with Leeds Trinity University to provide high quality, authentic and bespoke training alongside teaching experience in a diverse range of Catholic schools across Bradford and Keighley. We grow our own teachers to make a difference to the lives of children in our care. “Training with the BCW Trust has allowed me to experience teaching in amazing schools containing brilliant children. The support I received was outstanding and continuous. Working in a Catholic School provides an extremely supportive network within a family. The support continues from the Trust as an ECT. The Trust gives me support and allows me to ask for training in areas I feel I require to improve my career.” Julie McGovern - School Direct Trainee 2017

Interview process

You will be interviewed by a senior leader within The Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust. The interview will be in 2 parts - a short teaching session with a group of children and a formal interview.

This will also give you the opportunity to ask us questions to make sure we are the right course for you!

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive partnership and welcome children and staff with a range of disabilities and additional needs.

If you would like to discuss your needs, please contact us directly.

Contact this training provider

Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust
Ignis House
West Yorksire

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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