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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

You will be teaching groups and classes across the school from Year 7 to Year 11. Depending on your subject background, you may also work with Year 12 & 13.

You will attend training at Leeds Trinity as well as receiving weekly bespoke 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. The training you receive is in addition to the CPD each school will offer you as part of their whole staff team.

You will be teaching groups and classes across the keystages and, sometimes, supporting KS5.

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 St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College (Bradford) and 1 in Holy Family Catholic High School (Keighley). Stage A placements are in 1 school, with Stage B placements taking place in the alternative school. You will generally be in your first school with all other School Direct trainees and again in your second school. This is to give you more opportunities to network and support each other.

Stage A begins with serial days in September moving on to being in school full-time, finishing in December. Stage B begins in January and runs through to May.

Full support will be given to you at each placement with a department mentor, a school lead mentor and a link tutor from Leeds Trinity University.

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
St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College
Cunliffe Road, Bradford, BD8 7AP
The Holy Family Catholic High School
Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD20 6LH

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 and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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 the CSP requires you to be:

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

Other requirements

If your degree does not directly relate to the subject you have chosen, you will be required to take a SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 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.

Financial support from the training provider

The CSP can provide:

  • A laptop for your year of training (if you do not have your own device)
  • Re-imbursement of any parking costs incurred when training at Leeds Trinity University.

About the training provider

We are The Catholic Schools Partnership of Bradford & Keighley, a Teaching School Alliance from 2014 to 2021 and now an exclusive ITT provider – we are a passionate partnership of 19 Catholic schools committed to sharing talent, faith, experience, leadership and excellent teaching to improve achievement in schools across Bradford, Keighley and beyond. We are key part of the Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust (BCWCAT). 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 CSP 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 CSP as an NQT through into an RQT development programme. The CSP 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

Once your application is uploaded to UCAS, it is checked to ensure it meets our entry requirements (Maths & English GCSEs, Appropriate A-Levels and Degree study) If it does meet our requirements, it will then be read by the Director of the Teaching School and Secondary School Lead Mentors, who will decide whether to put you through to interview. You will be given a Subject Knowledge Audit to complete and return. You will be interviewed by 2 senior leaders and it will be in 3 parts - a short teaching session with a group of children / supporting a teacher within a lesson; a subject knowledge test (COVID dependent) and a formal interview.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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

Jennifer Taylor c/o Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School
Guard House
BD22 6JP

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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