Dixons Multi-Academy Trust (DMAT)
Design and Technology (Product Design) (2JGV)

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.

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


About the course

You will experience an innovative and high quality programme based on current educational research and you will be supported in understanding how to cope with challenges so you thrive as an early career teacher. We will also support you with developing your subject knowledge through a bespoke programme and Dixons Teaching Institute Subject Seminars. You will experience coaching that helps you to make faster progress and experience impactful and evidence informed daily training whilst on placement. From the start of the course, you will work with students and be fully immersed in the life of a school.

Throughout the year, you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards through lesson planning, lesson observations, assignments and reflections on students’ learning. At the end of the year, you will achieve a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). You will also be able to work towards getting a Master’s degree.

We pride ourselves on the tremendous support we offer our trainees. You will be supported by our talented Dixons teachers and leaders- your mentor, host teachers, ITT Lead and the Dixons Teaching Institute team. We also offer fantastic employment opportunities and the majority of our trainees last year secured jobs within our Trust. Several of our Dixons Teacher Training alumni are now successful middle leaders. Finally, by training with us, you will begin a journey of continuous professional development and be supported at every step of your career.

Interview process

If shortlisted, you will be asked to:

  • Plan and talk through a 20 minute lesson
  • Undertake a subject knowledge test (the assessments are designed to initially assess your subject knowledge and your written communication)
  • Deliver a short presentation on a given topic as part of your formal interview

During the interview, the panel will consider your:

  • Commitment to making a difference in areas where it matters the most
  • Passion for teaching and love of your subject
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Capacity to establish effective relationships inside and outside the classroom
  • Suitability to train to teach and to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of training
  • Ability to reflect on feedback and act on it to improve
  • Resilience and determination

How school placements work

Trainees will teach in two different and contrasting Dixons academies 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 academies to enable them to fully immerse themselves in our unique Dixons culture.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

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.



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

Dixons Academies Trust is a well-established and growing multi-academy trust of 12 academies serving the communities of Bradford and Leeds. We have 6 secondary academies, 3 primaries, 2 all-through academies and one sixth form academy. We are the second highest performing Trust in the country for secondary and lead educational improvement in the region through our high performing academies which value diversity and maximise student achievement. At Dixons, our mission is to challenge educational and social disadvantage in the North and we welcome applications from people committed to making a difference in areas where it matters.

We are proud of providing excellent teacher training for more than 20 years. Dixons Teacher Training is delivered by the Dixons Teaching Institute, home of Bradford Research School. Our School Direct programme offers you a guarantee of a placement in our successful and aspirational academies; consequently, you will train to teach students who learn and behave exceptionally well. From the start of the course, you will work with students and be fully immersed in the life of a school. By training with us, you will be part of something special; you will join us in changing the lives of young people in Bradford and Leeds.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our academies value diversity. 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).

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

01274 220777
Dixons Teaching Institute
Ripley Street
West Yorkshire


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