Hope Sentamu Learning Trust Religious Education (AG87)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
York St John 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
19 November 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Hope Sentamu Learning Trust and York St John University work in partnership to deliver high quality teacher education and training which leads to a PGCE qualification with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). The key aim of our school-centred School Direct PGCE programme is to deliver a high quality current and relevant programme of training and education that equips you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes that you need to become highly effective teachers (and leaders) with both a strong subject and wider professional identity. The programme combines school experience with taught academic sessions in order to achieve this. To support this, you will follow an ambitious curriculum that is underpinned by the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework and York St John Partnership five key themes, that has been designed to integrate theory and practice.

The programme delivers contemporary and highly relevant education and training which provides excellent opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues. You will be equipped to become an outstanding teacher and leader with strong subject knowledge and a clear professional identity. You will be supported by experts in both university and schools to ensure that you have opportunities to learn about current classroom practice and develop deep subject pedagogy. The programme combines school experience with taught sessions on subject knowledge and pedagogy which occur at university and also in partnership schools. Two academic assignments will need to be passed so you meet the programme aims and gain the PGCE award. These modules will underpin your own rigorous understanding of pedagogy and will provide you with 60 Masters level credits, which you may wish to use towards a full Masters qualification in the future. The programme ensures that you fulfil the requirements of the current Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. The programme encourages you to engage critically with educational issues to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, with the ability to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the diverse needs of pupils in secondary schools. This is achieved through a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies, including active learning and enquiry-based learning, which is considered essential in both modelling effective learning and teaching practice.

School placements

The Hope Sentamu Learning Trust PGCE School Direct programme is a full-time programme studied within one academic year (September - June) and covers the 11- 16 age phase with 16-19 enhancement. You will be based within one school for the majority of your training where you will complete two placements. There is also a 6-week contrasting placement in a different partnership school, either in the autumn or spring term. You are supported on your school placements by a mentor and other school staff who are committed to your education and training. During these placements you will observe teaching, work collaboratively with experienced staff and gradually increase the percentage of your independent teaching. Induction is a key part of the programme and each placement as we feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start. You will attend school meetings such as staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context. This helps you to understand your own professional identity and be a fully committed member of a school community. Once qualified and as you become an Early Career Teacher you will have access to university support resources in order to further support you transition from ITE into your first teaching role.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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.

Third party

Personal qualities

We are looking for student teachers who:

Have a passion for teaching and a love of learning.

Are committed to ensuring that all pupils can succeed no matter what their background or starting point.

Are enthusiastic, combined with excellent organisational skills.

Have the ability to reflect and develop as critical professionals.

Can express ideas clearly and succinctly.

Have a high level of resilience and respond well to constructive feedback.

Show personal initiative and can work well with peers, pupils, tutors, staff and parents alike.

Other requirements

Places are limited and recruitment takes place on a rolling basis. Once the number of students accepted reaches the course limit, courses will be closed. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the course of your choice.

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

There are no other costs for the programme.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial support can be accessed through the Funding Advice Team at York St John University.

About the training provider

At the heart of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust School Direct programme is a strong and established partnership of schools, led by the ‘Lead School’ Manor CE Academy. Together we provide a programme led by outstanding practitioners in teaching and learning and immersion in wider school life within a diverse range of schools in York, Hull, Scarborough and North Yorkshire. We work in partnership with York St John University (https://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/ite/pgce-secondary-education/) to deliver high quality teacher training and education which leads to a PGCE with QTS. At the last Ofsted inspection inspectors rated the partnership as ‘highly respected in our region, with outstanding leaders who have clear vision, relentless drive and well targeted actions. The university, Academy Trust and schools demonstrate a common vision and shared commitment to teacher training. The university provides strong institutional support for initial teacher education’. We have a strong employment record and contribute to the local and national teaching community. The School Direct programme is a popular choice for those wanting to train on the job, have an immersive, practical experience and who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

Interview process

The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough. It is designed to enable Hope Sentamu Learning Trust and York St John University to assess the suitability of candidates for training and to appoint the best candidates for the places available.

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process and includes:

  • Your personal statement

  • References

  • Detailed breakdown of degree content

  • Details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications

  • Completion of a practical task at interview

  • Overall performance at interview

Interview days take place in one of our partnership schools. Typical activities include a short teaching activity and an individual interview with a panel made up of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust staff and university staff. Candidates may also have an interview with a pupil panel and take part in a group activity and literacy-based task. Places on the programme are limited and recruitment takes place regularly during the year. If you are successful at interview you will be offered a conditional place. Once the number of offered places meets the agreed programme numbers, the programme will be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the programme of your choice.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

York St John University is an inclusive university and has a range of support services for students with disabilities and other needs. We have a dedicated Disability Advice Team and PGCE programmes have a strong track record of supporting all students to enable them to complete their studies successfully. Throughout the programme there is strong support for you by both university and school-based staff and you also will benefit from the full range of university services (e.g. writing and academic support, wellbeing services, library and IT, careers etc.)

Contact this training provider

01904 528661
Hope Sentamu Learning Trust
C/O Vale Of York Academy Rawcliffe Drive
Clifton, York
North Yorkshire
YO30 6ZS

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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