Yorkshire Special Education Partnership (YSEP) Primary (Special Educational Needs) (2K82)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our School Direct PGCE Primary courses lead to QTS. Delivered in conjunction with Leeds Trinity University and the Yorkshire Special Education Partnership, these professionally-oriented programmes will enable you to engage with a wide range of educational issues. Our School Direct Primary PGCE is designed to develop teaching and learning through a comprehensive professional development programme, subject knowledge enhancement, and a university-led professional studies course.

Chellow Heights is the Lead school, working in partnership with Delius, High Park, Beckfoot Phoenix, Southfield, Beechcliffe and Hazelbeck. We are also working with an increasing numbers of mainstream schools.

The Leeds Trinity PGCE Primary (Early Years 3-7) QTS course is a professionally-oriented programme that enables you to engage with a wide range of educational issues. It is designed to develop the teaching and learning role through reflective practice.

The course leads to a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE with QTS, Level 6) and provides the option to achieve Masters Credits and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE with QTS, Level 7). At the end of the programme there is a further opportunity to gain additional Masters credits as part of continued professional development.

The course is organised into three stages which will gradually take you from the beginnings of planning and teaching to being a competent and confident, professional, reflective practitioner.

Stage 1: Planning, teaching and assessment in a mainstream Key stage 1 and EYFS school setting from September to January. Stage 2: Individual learning needs and broadening teaching strategies in a special school setting from January to June. Stage 3: Professionalism and Induction continued in the same special school setting.

School placements

The programme covers EYFS primary working with children 3-7 years. Students will have two placements during the year beginning from week 1 of the programme. one in a mainstream primary school and the second in a primary special school.
We are currently working with 5 mainstream schools across Bradford and Calderdale and all the primary special schools in Bradford.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

The School Direct training programme focuses on developing teaching skills. We recommend you have a good understanding of SEND before you start training on this route into teaching.

Other requirements

All successful candidates are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We offer a unique programme which is school-centred. During the last academic year 100% of our students secured a teaching post within a special school. Training will allow you to develop a strong specialism in SEND. You will be based in school for the full academic year with placements in two different settings. The first placement will be in a mainstream school in the Bradford area. The second placement will be in one of our primary special schools within Bradford. This provides greater experience and teaching practice, builds confidence and classroom excellence and will equip you well for the reality of your NQT year.
The Yorkshire Special Education Partnership will provide a supportive and caring environment in which to train. All the partner schools involved in this programme have a strong inclusive ethos that cascades through all they do.

About the accredited body

Leeds Trinity is a well-established and widely-respected institution with an excellent reputation for teacher education. Leeds Trinity staff are expert practitioners with recent experience teaching in secondary or further education. Employment rates for graduates of Leeds Trinity PGCE programmes are consistently above the national average with ex-students filling teaching posts in every corner of the UK.

Interview process

Prospective students will be interview by the Lead Mentor and a mentor from one of the partnership special schools.

If you are invited to interview you will be asked to attend interview and present a lesson to the panel and answer some questions connected to this.

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’re committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to benefit from higher education. If you have a disability or additional needs, Leeds Trinity University will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year.

Contact this training provider

01274 679972
Netherlands Avenue
Low Moor
West Yorkshire

Support and advice

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