Yorkshire Inclusive TSA
Primary (392S)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
HART of Yorkshire
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

We are training the next generation of outstanding teachers in West Yorkshire. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education and we want to recruit student teachers who share the same commitment. Our current cohort of student teachers is training to teach in primary and secondary in both mainstream and special school settings. You’re in school from the first day of term, seen as a staff member by everyone. You’re in one school four days a week to the end of the school year, spending spring half term at a contrasting school. One day a week you’ll be at with our partner ITT provider, HART of Yorkshire SCITT, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. Our model enables you to experience a full year in school and fully appreciate the demands/rewards that brings. Working alongside your mentor, you’ll identify your ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up and work continuously on a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers and training activities leading to delivering whole class. Your core training is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing excellent practice. We support you throughout your training year, enabling you to be fully prepared for teaching during your training and beyond. Training will include extended central training in English, Mathematics and Science as well as other curriculum subjects. A professional studies programme will introduce you to Pedagogy; Child Development; The National Curriculum; Child Protection and Principles of Safeguarding; Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural values; Behaviour Management; and Systematic Synthetic Phonics.

Interview process

Once we receive your application, we’ll acknowledge by email and update UCAS if you are invited to interview. We’ll e-mail or call you with the details.
You’ll be interviewed at HART of Yorkshire SCITT by colleagues from our partnership and the SCITT. You’ll be expected to answer a range of questions designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria. The interview gives you the opportunity to discuss why you want to teach, what you would bring to the profession, and show us your resilience and initiative. You will be asked to prepare for a task and you’ll undertake a written exercise on the day demonstrating your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

You’ll need to bring interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity as part of our Safeguarding processes. If you are successful, we’ll offer you a place. Ideally within 48 hours. We’ll update UCAS and contact you. If you accept, you will visit a partner school as a prospective trainee.
Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. You will also be subject to the following checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration. We will carry out a criminal background check and other requisite checks.

How school placements work

Starting on the first day of the autumn term, you will be based in your “home” school. You will be seen as a member of staff, quickly appreciating the workplace and seeing theory put into practice every day. You will undertake training by staff in your “home” school as well as workshops and other activities with student teachers from across our Alliance of schools.

When you are ready, you will start to take responsibility to deliver parts of lessons on your own. The ITT programme will build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner. As you become more confident and competent you will take on greater responsibility until you are teaching full lessons.

How many school placements will there be? You are required to teach in 2 schools during the course of the year. The first placement (Autumn) and the third placement (Summer) are usually in the same school. In the Spring term you will spend time teaching in another school. Our placement strategy is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for your teaching career. During the programme you will spend time in a variety of schools and contexts including mainstream schools, special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and the Medical Needs Teaching Service.

What kind of assessments are there for School Direct? You will need to demonstrate that you meet the Teachers’ Standards to achieve QTS. You will also complete academic assignments in order to achieve a PGCE. These assignments are focused on your understanding of how children learn, your specialist subject knowledge and your vision for education.

What support will I receive? Throughout your year you will be supported by a well-trained mentor, the primary lead mentors and colleagues from our ITT partners.


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

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial advice can also be sought from Hart of Yorkshire SCITT following this link http://yorkshirescitt.co.uk/funding-finance/



GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. These three qualifications should have been awarded prior to application to this programme. Other GCSEs are required to show a good spread of curriculum subjects. Equivalency examinations are accepted.

2.1 honours degree from a UK University or a recognised equivalent qualification (in exceptional cases 2.2 degrees will be considered if supported by evidence of other strong academic and personal qualities).

Personal qualities

You will be able to demonstrate -

  • A high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise and have a sound understanding of equality and diversity.
  • A real sense of moral purpose and a tireless energy to achieve the best for your pupils.
  • Commitment, resilience and the ability to reflect in order to learn from your own experiences as well as the experiences of others.

About the training provider

We are training the next generation of outstanding teachers for the Leeds area. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education and we want to recruit student teachers who share the same commitment. Our current cohort of student teachers are training to teach in primary and secondary in both mainstream and special school settings.

We provide training and placements of the highest quality to deliver a truly bespoke training package. We are committed to helping you develop professionally, well beyond your initial teacher training and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year by means of an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities – As an Appropriate Body for NQTs we offer our trainees a coherent two year programme of support.

We also support training places in Calderdale through the Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership: Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale) has – A track record of supporting and bringing new teachers into the profession A committed team of experienced mentors, coaches and tutors providing support throughout the programme A wide range of schools within the partnership offering outstanding training and placements within varying contexts.

About the accredited body

Our Alliance of schools is working in partnership with HART of Yorkshire SCITT to deliver a year-long, school-based programme of Initial Teacher Training. Validated by HART of Yorkshire SCITT and Northumbria University. The programme leads to a PGCE with QTS.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and all schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school. We are committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as providers of school-based teacher training and we have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.

Contact details

0113 2930236
John Jamieson School
Hollin Hill Drive
West Yorkshire


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