Dixons Multi-Academy Trust (DMAT)
History (2BZN)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
Financial support
Bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The Dixons School Direct Programme is almost entirely school based. You will be in classrooms working as a professional from the first week or two of the course. You will receive mentoring, coaching and robust high quality training sessions with a focus on what it takes to be a great teacher in our diverse communities. Leeds Trinity University will support our course by providing theory sessions while subject specialists will provide a bespoke programme to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in your subject area.

All our trainees and school leaders comment on the excellent organisation and professional approach of the staff running the course. They also identified the high level of personal support they each received during the year from mentors, host teachers and staff in schools and the Teaching Institute.

Throughout the year you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards through lesson observations, assignments and reflections on your impact on student progress and learning. At the end of the training year you will achieve a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). You are also able to work towards getting a Masters.

If you gain employment in one of our Dixons schools you will receive continued professional development throughout your teaching career with us through the Dixons Teaching Institute.

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to:

  • teach a 20 minute ‘lesson’ to 6-10 Key Stage 3 students (Key Stage 5 students for Business Studies and Social Sciences) on a topic of your choice
  • undertake a Subject Knowledge Test (the assessment is designed to initially assess your subject knowledge and your written communication)
  • have a formal interview where you will be asked to reflect on your ‘lesson’, deliver a short presentation on a given topic and answer questions to ascertain your suitability for our course

You will also have a tour of the school and the opportunity to talk to students and current trainee teachers from Dixons City Academy.

How school placements work

Trainees will teach in two different and contrasting Dixons schools during the School Direct programme. Placements will be selected to meet the personal needs of individual trainees. Trainees will also have the opportunity to experience the other Dixons schools (including the new schools in Leeds) to enable them to fully immerse themselves in our unique Dixons ethos and culture.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,500

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



We are looking for:

  • A strong belief in the potential of every child, regardless of background
  • Excellent academic qualifications including:
  • 2:2 or above in a relevant Degree
  • Strong and relevant A levels
  • Strong GCSEs including A*/A-C in English & Maths
  • A passion for teaching and your subject
  • The ability to reflect on feedback and use this to improve
  • Resilience, enabling you to make a difference for the students you will teach

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who are committed to transforming the lives of children. You must have a strong belief in the potential of every child, regardless of background, and have a passion for teaching and your subject. You must also be willing to learn, receptive to feedback, resilient and have good interpersonal skills.

In return, we offer a highly professional environment and you will be trained by experienced and highly effective teachers and leaders. You will receive high quality training in great schools so you are supported to become the best teacher you can be.

About the training provider

We are a well-established multi-academy trust of 12 schools serving the communities of Bradford and Leeds. These consist of 6 secondary academies, 3 primaries, 2 all-through academies and 1 sixth form.

An integral part of the Dixons group is our Teaching Institute, which focuses on training, development and research, and our lead school, Dixons City Academy, has over 20 years experience in teacher training.

We offer state of the art teacher training at Dixons, drawing on current educational research. Over the last 3 years almost all of the School Direct trainees who successfully completed our course were awarded outstanding or good grades and entered teaching immediately. 72% secured NQT positions in Dixons schools.

At Dixons, we are committed to making a difference where it matters most. We work to improve the future for thousands of children in the parts of the north of England where young lives are adversely affected by social and educational disadvantage, and Dixons was included as one of four examples of best practice in the North of England for closing the gap for disadvantaged students.

We believe that every child, regardless of their background, should be able to fulfill their academic potential and go on to thrive amongst the demands and expectations of 21st century life. Dixons Teacher Training is making a difference for the young people of Bradford and Leeds and you could join us in shaping their lives.

Courses close at 12:00 on 15 July and no applications will be considered after this date.

About the accredited body

We have been in partnership with Leeds Trinity University for a number of years, including 8 years working together on our School Direct Programme, delivering expert teacher training for our secondary subjects.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).

All our schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.

We make suitable provision for disabled trainees, students and visitors on request. If invited to interview, any specific support required will be discussed with candidates. Please contact us for further or specific information.

Contact details

Dixons City Academy
Ripley Street
West Yorkshire


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