Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Yorkshire Schools Alliance Religious Education (2WFS)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Our programmes last for one academic year (September – June), during which time you will undertake two high quality school placements. You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by our Alliance schools and university partners.


School placements

You will do two placements throughout the training year, the timings of which may vary depending on the University you are working with.
Our Lead School, St Aidan’s Church of England High School is based in Harrogate, however, as we are in a partnership of 23 schools, depending on your subject choice you may be placed in other schools in the area as part of your course.

In all your placements you will be guided an mentored by an allocated member of the department, overseen by the ITT co-ordinator in that school. All of our partner schools have vast experience in hosting trainees for placements.

We have a variety of schools within our partnership, and we would always try to ensure that you experience a contrast in the two placement schools across the training year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Religious Education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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.

Our partner Universities all work with us to offer GCSE equivalency tests in Maths and English to all appropriate candidates.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates with excellent personal qualities and the drive and motivation to succeed.

You must:

  • Have a positive outlook, a sense of responsibility and be adaptable
  • Demonstrate a passion for working with, and making a difference to, the lives and development of young people, not just a passion for their subject
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Be friendly and approachable
  • Be creative and imaginative
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Have powers of reflection and strive to improve their own practice with openness to new ideas.
  • Be aware of current educational issues

Other requirements

It is desirable for candidates to demonstrate that they have experience in a school environment and working with children. However, this is not a prerequisite to applying for the course. If we feel more experience is necessary we are likely to make this a condition of any offer we make. In addition you should:

It is a condition of entry to the course that all candidates obtain an enhanced DBS check (plus overseas police checks from any countries where 6 months or more have been spent in the last 5 years)

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

Our School Direct courses are not salaried therefore you will have to pay tuition fees.

However, bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are on the non-salaried School Direct route. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teacher training subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.


You may also be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of this tuition fee.

About the training provider

Yorkshire Schools Alliance is a partnership of Yorkshire Secondary Schools working alongside three of the top Universities in the region. Together we provide an outstanding School Direct PGCE programme for prospective teachers.

We are driven by a moral purpose motivated by our desire to ensure young people have the best educational opportunities in life.

Our alliance is underpinned by relationships built on trust, care and the consideration of individual contexts,in order to provide support within a sustainable framework, in which everyone feels valued.

We work with Universities in both Leeds and York so our trainees can apply to a training programme as convenient to them as possible.

Drawing on our partnerships, we are able to provide expertise from a variety of different school and university educational contexts. As an alliance we strive for excellence built on an academic foundation that draws on the best in educational research and long standing collaboration.

At the centre of our work is our priority to develop teaching and learning in order to make a tangible impact on young people by developing teachers and leaders of the future. We value good relationships with all our trainees and this is reflected in our retention rates with over 95% of our students successfully completing the course each year.

For the last two years over 75% of our trainees have found employment before the end of their training year.


About the accredited body

We work with Leeds Trinity University to offer a number of our school direct course. LTU is a widely respected institution with an excellent reputation for training teachers.

Our PGCE courses with LTU lead to QTS and the award of a level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

These courses are open for applications from October 2021 to begin studies in September 2022.

Interview process

Candidates for any route into teaching must now apply through UCAS directly to the Yorkshire Schools Alliance.

Selection days take place at our Lead School St Aidan’s in Harrogate. We aim to make these days as friendly as possible as we like our candidates to feel at ease and able to enjoy the process. At the start of the day you will be given the opportunity for a tour around our lead school, St Aidan’s with trainees already on the course. The selection day also provides you with an opportunity to meet all key member’s of staff within the teaching school, including a subject specialist. It is important to meet as many people as possible when you go to interviews in order to help inform your decision if you receive offers.

You will be briefed on the overall structure and timetable of the course, the main content strands and assessment procedures. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. The selection process, which is expected to last approximately 3 hours. This includes:

  • A written subject knowledge task
  • An observation of you leading an activity with a group of 6 year 7 pupils
  • Formal interview which will be conducted by at least 2 members of our senior teaching staff.


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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

The YSA and all our University Partners are committed to offering opportunities and training inclusively to all candidates including those with disabilities and other needs. St Aidan’s, our Lead School in Harrogate has a large and well respected learning support department which means that as a site (and as a school) we are familiar with accommodating at range of needs and have the facilities to be able to do this without difficulty.
All our partner universities and schools are also familiar with working with trainees with a range of different needs or disabilities and all of our Universities have occupational health departments on hand for additional support where necessary.

Contact this training provider

01423 818512
St Aidan's CE High School
Oatlands Drive
North Yorkshire

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022