Dixons Multi-Academy Trust (DMAT)
Primary (G911)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This course will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the option to study for a PGCE. Working closely with Bradford specialist staff in placement schools, you will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to be a newly qualified teacher.

The course is designed to help you fulfil a wider teaching role (including that of pastoral care) within your chosen educational context. Throughout the course, we place particular emphasis on providing equal opportunities for all students working in a diverse, multi-ethnic community.

A strength of the course is the way in which theory and practice are related as a result of extensive time spent working with children in at least two placements in Dixons primary schools. At least 120 days are school-based with support provided by experienced school mentors and expert host teachers.

The course builds upon the subject knowledge and independent study skills which, as a graduate, you will have already acquired. Our school-based sessions are also concerned with the professional skills which all teachers need. Course tutors work closely with ITT leads, mentors and teachers in our schools to provide you with advice and support for the progressive development of your teaching expertise.

A large proportion of your teaching and training will be in our academies, delivered by highly effective and successful teachers and leaders. School-based sessions consist of lectures, seminars, deliberate practice and observations of teaching in school. This is very much a practical course where you learn by doing.

Assessment is carried out across both placements against the Teaching Standards. Based largely in your home school, you will have one other main assessed school placement. You will also have the opportunity to get experience of a secondary school, alternative provision or special school.

Interview process

All our trainees who are shortlisted for interview will be invited into one of our schools. If you are asked for interview, we will provide more details about the tasks you will be asked to complete.

All our interviews have the same elements:

  • A classroom based exercise where you will be observed interacting with pupils.
  • Written tasks which are designed to assess your written communication skills and your capacity to access higher level study.
  • Face to face interview with a panel of School Leaders.

If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance. For more information, see the guidance online at:


How school placements work

We carefully consider school placements for all of our trainees. We match strengths as well as support needs for pupils. All trainees will be placed in two contrasting primary schools to ensure they experience the cultural diversity the city offers.

Your training week initially involves some days a week in school and some days working on understanding pedagogy. Both will help you to learn the skills to make you a highly effective teacher. During your training year, you will visit a range of schools in both nursery, primary and secondary sectors. We operate an A B A model for our students, where trainees start in their host school in either Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 or the Foundation Stage, then complete a 6 week contrasting placement in the opposite Key Stage or phase, returning to their host school to complete the training year.

You will work alongside highly experienced and effective teachers and mentors, who will provide expert advice and support. You will be introduced to your new role in stages. You will begin with observation and work with individual pupils and then with small groups. This will eventually lead to you teaching a full class.


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 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.



You will need to have at least a GCSE grade C/4 in maths, science and English or equivalent.

You will need to have at least a 2:2 Honours degree.

Personal qualities

We are looking for excellent graduates who have enthusiasm, commitment and can offer inspiration to the young people in Bradford. Applicants should be able to work well as part of a team of highly professional staff in a successful environment. We want trainees to have a rapport with children, a passion for teaching their subject, and to have the ambition to become excellent teachers. Trainees need to be resilient, receptive to feedback, and be ready to work hard in a challenging but wonderfully rewarding profession.

Other requirements

If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance.

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

Bradford Birth to 19 School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) offers a different way of training to become a teacher. In school, you will learn by observing highly effective teachers and you will also receive regular and robust in-school training. You will be supported by a school mentor and they will support you in developing your subject knowledge and your pedagogy. You will be treated as a member of the school staff and someone the school is often looking to potentially employ. This route ensures you are working in your class from day one of the course.

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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