Dixons Academies Trust Primary (G922)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Age phase 5-11: 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.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

If you are offered a place on our course, we will arrange any required tests on your behalf with our preferred provider. The equivalency test includes a support package to help prepare for passing the final assessment. There is a fee of approximately £150 per equivalency.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 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.

About the accredited body

“Birth to 19 recruits a diverse range of trainees who are able to move on as teachers with confidence.” (Ofsted 2022) They aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers who are, highly employable, research-informed, early career-ready teachers who transform the life chances of young people in their local area.

Ofsted stated (2022)

  • Trainees are well prepared to teach their subject.
  • Trainees appreciate the high level of care and attention they are given.
  • Trainees can create an inclusive environment for pupils.
  • Mentoring is of a high standard.

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:


International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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
Ripley Street
West Yorkshire

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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