White Rose Alliance
Geography (Y991)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Trainees will spend most of the training year based in their placement schools allocated from across White Rose Alliance partners. Trainees will undertake two placements: placement one running from September to Christmas, and placement two running from January to June.

The course structure enables trainees to develop their confidence and teaching knowledge through three stages. Training will be led by University tutors and school staff and delivered in cross-subject groups, predominantly delivered in schools.

In addition to travel to their placement schools, during the course trainees are required to travel to the course accrediting university, Sheffield Hallam University, generally on Fridays until February, where trainees receive further training and be able to access all the specialist support that you would expect from a university. Trainees are also required to travel to the White Rose Alliance Lead School, King James’s School in Knaresborough, for their Professional Studies programme every Wednesday morning until March.

The course leads to a PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Interview process

WRA interviews take place remotely. Candidates will generally be given one week’s notice of interview whenever possible & dates/times are flexible.

Candidates will be required to have a subject discussion with a subject specialist, undertake a subject test, undertake a written communication task, be asked to prepare a lesson plan & resources for a teaching/learning activity (to present during the formal interview) & have a formal interview. The panel for the formal interview will comprise 2 members of a combination of White Rose Alliance staff, partner school staff or university staff. The subject specialist discussion & formal interview will take place via Zoom & the subject test & written communication task will be via email. Candidates will be advised of the interview outcome as soon as possible after the session, once all information from the interview activities has been collated.

How school placements work

For the majority of the course, trainees are school-based. Trainees will be in their placement school unless attending sessions at their link university (in general terms one day per week), the weekly Professional Studies sessions at King James’s School on Wednesday mornings or School Experience Days at WRA partner schools.

WRA partner schools are:

  • King James’s School, Knaresborough
  • Allerton Grange School, Leeds
  • Bradford Grammar School
  • Stokesley School
  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Thirsk School and Sixth Form College
  • Ripon Grammar School
  • Sherburn High School
  • Tadcaster Grammar School
  • Boroughbridge High School
  • Ryedale School

Trainees undertake 2 placements in our partner schools: Placement 1 from September to Christmas and Placement 2 from January to June.

When deciding which schools our trainees will have their placements in, we take into account a number of factors including trainee home location and transport arrangements (ie. do you have your own vehicle or are you reliant on public transport?). We also have to take into account accommodating other members of the cohort and the availability of placements from our partner schools. Not all WRA partner schools are able to provide placements for all subjects & therefore on occasions, it may be necessary for trainees to undertake placements in non-WRA schools. In addition to 2 school placements, trainees also participate in School Experience Days in some of our other partner schools as part of our Professional Studies programme.

During their school placements trainees will be expected to cover the 11-16 age range plus obtain experience of some 11-18 as well during their course.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

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.



  • Honours degree in subject at 2.2 or above. If degree subject is not fully in course subject, but applicant has an A Level in the subject & can demonstrate subject-related experience, applicant may still be considered. If successful at interview, an applicant required to complete subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) as an offer condition will be responsible to gain/fund such subject knowledge themselves if the SKE package to be published in Dec 20 will not fund this.
  • GCSE Grade Cs or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.

Personal qualities

  • Strong subject knowledge & willingness to develop it
  • Enthusiasm for subject and a desire to share this
  • Passion for both learning and teaching
  • Genuine interest in young people and their development
  • Strong and committed work ethic
  • Ability to build good working relationships with others
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Confidence in communicating with young people and adults of all levels
  • Resilience to cope under pressure
  • Creativity
  • Self-motivation
  • Resourcefulness and adaptability
  • Openness to constructive criticism
  • Reflective approach
  • Sense of humour
  • Patience

Other requirements

Standard university conditions will apply to all offers made at interview. These include proof of qualifications (candidates will be required to produce degree certificate & GCSE Maths & English certificates for verification), obtain Enhanced DBS clearance & complete a medical check.

About the training provider

The White Rose Alliance works with partner school & university colleagues to develop outstanding student teachers who are:

  • competent & confident professionals who learn that intellectual endeavour, criticality, & personal reflection are key to developing outstanding teaching
  • epistemic agents who act as independent thinkers, searching & critiquing a wide range of theories & research
  • able to engage in enquiry-rich practice & are intellectually curious about their work & receptive to new ideas
  • responsible professionals who embody high standards of professional ethics, recognising the social responsibilities of education
  • transformative & creative professionals who are highly motivated & committed

We are committed to delivering training that is current and relevant and that provides excellent opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues, so that you are well-equipped to be outstanding teachers and education leaders.

King James’s School Knaresborough is the lead school for the White Rose Alliance which is a partnership of successful 11-18 schools which provide a variety of educational contexts from inner city to rural based across North and West Yorkshire.

The White Rose Alliance is a well-established provider with a proven track record of bringing teachers into the profession through high quality Initial Teacher Training. We work in partnership with 3 universities in the region who accredit our courses. Across our previous 6 cohorts, 100% of trainees completing the course achieved graduating grades with 90% of trainees securing jobs of choice before or soon after graduating.

Training with disabilities and other needs

For details about supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs, please see the websites of the respective university partner linked to the course you are interested in:

Leeds Trinity University - (http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/student-life/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability-support)

York St John University - (https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/disability-advice-team/disability-support/)

Sheffield Hallam University - (https://www.shu.ac.uk/current-students/student-support/disability-support)

Contact details

01423 866061
White Rose Alliance
King James's School
King James Road


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