Learners First Schools Partnership Primary (U712)

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

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
Financial support

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
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
July 2023


Course summary

This programme is delivered jointly by Learners First Schools Partnership (LFSP) and The University of Huddersfield. You will spend 80% of your time in one of our partner schools, with the other 20% spent attending training sessions facilitated by SLE’s or university tutors. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded QTS and a PGCE. You will be primarily based at your ‘home’ school, but will be expected to attend to attend training sessions at various local venues. On the Teaching Apprenticeship route you are employed by your ‘home’ school and paid on the UQT Scale point 1. Trainees on this route are expected to be able to potentially undertake a higher teaching commitment, with the possibility that they may be given their own class responsibility from the beginning of the programme. This route is generally best suited to those trainees that have broad experience within a school setting.

Please note all contact and communications for further information around the apprenticeship route must be made directly to Learners First Schools Partnership at teachertraining@learnersfirst.org

School placements

All additional school placements are arranged and organised, in collaboration with the employing apprenticeship school, by LFSP. You will spend time in at least 2 contrasting schools, as well as gaining additional EAL and SEND exposure. Whilst consideration is taken with regards to the location of your placement school/s in relation to your home address, trainees should anticipate that they could possibly have to travel up to 1 hour to reach their placement school. The average travel time to a placement school is approximately 20-30 minutes. Please note that due to the size and extent of our partnership, location indicates the geographical location around the specified school and is not a direct application to that school

You’ll have the support of mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations based around the ITT Core Content Framework.

Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of classroom practice.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Learners First 1
Bank Street , Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4JE
Learners First 3
Keats Road, Sheffield , S6 1AZ
Learners First 4
Holymoor Road, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, S42 7DU
Learners First 5
Elmton Rd, Creswell, Worksop, S80 4JD
Learners First Schools Partnership
Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 1JL
Learners First XP
Middlebrook Lane, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5LB

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 science.

Any outstanding GCSE’s must be completed prior to commencing the course in July. Candidates must also have completed degree. Any offer made at interview would be subject to successful completion.

Personal qualities

  • High level of motivation
  • Strong work ethic
  • Potential to become an effective classroom leader
  • Good communicator and listener
  • Patience, adaptability, resilience, team-work, imagination
  • Positive expectations
  • Be organized, and have great time management Let us know why you want to teach, and provide evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching. Previous experience is not compulsory, but if you do have relevant work/voluntary experience, please include this on your application. Tell us about the range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching.

Other requirements

Satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance

All GCSE’s and degree must be in place prior to enrollment in July each academic year.


  • UQT Scale Point 1

  • Where a candidate applies for the Teaching Apprenticeship route and doesn’t currently have an employing school in mind, any interview offered will primarily be for a position on the Tuition-Fee (i.e. non-salaried) route. If at interview, the panel deem you potentially suitable for the Teaching Apprenticeship route, we would then look to secure a second interview with a prospective sponsor school (subject to location, vacancies and availability)

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Learners First Schools Partnership is an inclusive, not-for-profit teaching school partnership of over 200 schools and academies. Learners First is a large, well established and successful partnership covering all phases (0-19) and school contexts with a proven track record across all key performance indicators. Learners First is based in South Yorkshire and much of its work takes place across this area but the partnership has strong connections with many other schools, academies, multi academy trusts, teaching schools and system leaders from across the country.

Learners First provides high quality, relevant professional development and facilitates opportunities for forward thinking research and school-to-school support to promote meaningful collaboration and school improvement.

School Direct is an ever increasingly popular alternative route into teaching which is more school-based and school-led than a traditional one year PGCE.

85% of the programme is spent in at least 2 schools training, teaching and observing lessons and best practice. The remaining 15% is spent at one of our partner HEIs’ studying for the PGCE element of the programme. The school based part of the programme is bespoke to the individual, and there’s a full and comprehensive support network for each trainee. Graduating the programme means the award of QTS and PGCE. Upon graduation via the School Direct route, there is the intention to offer graduates their first job as a teacher. Over the past 2 years 96% of Learners First School Direct graduates have been offered employment within our partnership of schools.

Interview process

Subject to eligibility checks, you will be invited to attend an individual interview via APPLY, as well as email invitation from a member of the LFSP team. At your online interview, there will be a formal interview, as well as a variety of other tasks throughout the process in order for the panel to observe your interaction with the pupils. You will be informed of these tasks prior to interview. A decision as to whether or not you will be offered a place on this programme will be made, and you will be informed of this decision via APPLY.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

Learners First Schools Partnership (LFSP) is committed to promoting disability equality, eliminating unlawful discrimination in all of its activities and working towards ensuring that all trainees with disabilities realise their potential. LFSP values the diversity of its trainee population and is committed to ensuring that the highest equality and diversity standards are maintained.

Contact this training provider

Learners First Schools Partnership
Bawtry Road
S66 1JL

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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