Dixons Academies Trust Art and Design (2JGW)

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

(Ages 11 - 16) 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.

School placements

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.

If there is any impact on school placements as a result of Covid 19, we will inform you before the course starts.

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.

We only accept GCSEs, overseas qualifications that are considered equivalent by UK ENIC (Overseas qualifications checking agency) and tests done through equiv.com, Birmingham City University and A Star Equivalency | GCSE Equivalency Tests & Courses. No other tests will be accepted.

Personal qualities

We are looking for excellent graduates who are committed to making a difference for the young people in Bradford and Leeds. You should be able to work well in a team of highly professional staff in our successful academies.

You must have a strong belief in the potential of every child, and the required academic qualifications. You must also have a passion for teaching and a love of your subject. It is important that you are resilient, determined and able to reflect on feedback and act on it to improve.

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

About the training provider

By training with us, you will be part of something special.

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 the most.

We are a well-established multi-academy trust serving the communities of Bradford and Leeds. We have 6 secondary academies, 3 primaries, 2 all-through academies and one sixth form academy. Soon, we will have two schools in Liverpool and a further two are in the pipeline in Manchester.

We lead educational improvement in the region through our high performing academies which value diversity and maximise student achievement.

We offer a secondary School Direct programme and we are partnered with Leeds Trinity University. For primary, we are partnered with Bradford Birth to 19.

You will benefit from excellent support and guidance from Dixons Teaching Institute and our partners so you develop into the best teacher you can be and make a difference to the lives of local children. We are located in 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.

We are proud of providing excellent teacher training for more than 20 years.

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

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

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 this training provider

01274 085441
Dixons Teaching Institute
Ripley Street
West Yorkshire

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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