West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance Geography (2HQV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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

This is a one year postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS), preparing you to teach the 11-16 age range.

The course has two main themes:

  1. Initial Professional Development

We help develop your own thinking, teaching skills and subject curriculum knowledge with themes including:

  • how young people learn
  • behaviour management
  • assessment
  • creative and innovative teaching methods
  • designing learning
  • inclusion
  • current professional issues in secondary schools
  • researching educational theories
  • developing your own educational philosophy
  1. Geography Specialist Subject Pedagogy

We will develop your teaching and understanding of:

  • the Geography curriculum
  • progression in Geography
  • planning and curriculum development in Geography
  • examination requirements and inclusion issues in Geography

You will spend about two thirds of your time in school and one third in university.

In school In school you will benefit from:

  • observing experienced teachers in your own and different subjects
  • practical hands-on experience with a range of ages and abilities
  • supportive mentoring
  • experience of being a form tutor, wider school activities and life outside the classroom!
  • access to any in-school training and development programmes

In university Teaching is through a blend of workshops, tutorials, lectures (some with guest speakers) and group work with fellow trainee teachers, all of which takes place in friendly and supportive groups designed to give you the confidence to succeed.

During the PGCE you will study two Masters level modules (60 credits) and have the opportunity to continue your studies during your NQT year to complete the Masters degree.


At WYTA we like to add further value to your course and your teaching experience. In addition to your time in school and university we also provide our own training sessions, spread throughout the year. This is provided by classroom teachers and leaders who are specialists in their areas of expertise.

Our sessions offer you an opportunity to take time out, to reflect on your learning so far and to identify what you would still like support with. We keep our programme flexible in order that we can best meet your ongoing needs throughout the year.

At all stages you will be supported by mentors from WYTA, school and university, ensuring you are fully supported to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

School placements

School placements are a vital part of your training year, helping you to develop your teaching practice. At WYTA we are fortunate to have over 12 secondary and middle schools in our partnership who have a long and strong history of training teachers and who are keen to support our trainees.

When allocating placement schools we always try to take into account your circumstances and area of residence whilst balancing our duty to provide you with the most appropriate school to best meet your training needs. Most of our schools are based in Kirklees and placements are usually within this area.

As part of your time in school it is important that you are able to gain an understanding of progression in learning across all key stages so you will also spend a short amount of time in primary (Key Stage 2) and sixth form (Key Stage 5).

In order to meet the course requirements, you will need to spend a minimum of 120 days in school although in reality our trainees tend to be in school for more than this. The exact number of days often differs for each trainee, depending on their own circumstances. You will have at least:

  • 2 main block placements (approximately 22 weeks in total)

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We accept equivalency tests from (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/).

Equivalencytesting.com may charge, please see their website for further details.

All equivalency tests need to be completed prior to applying to us.

Personal qualities

We have high expectations of our trainees. We are looking for:

  • A strong commitment to teaching and learning
  • Enthusiasm and a genuine desire to inspire young people
  • A commitment to helping every child make the most of their talents
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  • Resilience and the willingness to receive and act on advice
  • Professionalism and a realistic understanding of a teacher’s role
  • A willingness to work hard and go the ‘extra mile’
  • The ability to manage time effectively
  • Evidence of self-motivation in personal learning
  • Patience and empathy

Other requirements

You will need:

  • To communicate effectively in standard English
  • The intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards
  • Two references (If about to graduate/graduated within the last three years, one referee should be a university/college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability)
  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check
  • No previous barring from teaching or working with children
  • A health declaration to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach
  • We strongly advise you have school experience to ensure teaching is right for you

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Our tuition fees are determined by the University of Huddersfield. Find out more about financial support available to PGCE students on the UCAS website.

You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.

You apply for the tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.

When you enrol the university will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken a loan, they will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.

If you are an international student coming to study with us, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Should you need any further advice, please get in touch.

Financial support from the training provider

We try, where possible to take geography and personal circumstances into account when organising school placements. Trainees are expected to travel and may be required to travel up to 60 minutes (public transport) from their residence.

Please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.

We do not routinely reimburse travel costs however applications for contributions can be made to our Hardship Fund. Each application will be considered on its own merits.

About the training provider

  • Despite the current uncertainties regarding Covid-19 we are accepting applications for teacher training for 2021/22 and are conducting online interviews. Please contact Clare - manager@wyta.co.uk further information*

The West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance (WYTA), established in 2014, has a strong and diverse network of partners based mainly around Huddersfield. We have earned a reputation for recruiting high quality trainees.

Our mission is to prepare trainee teachers to become confident, resilient, innovative, independent professionals who strive to achieve the best for themselves and for the children they teach. We want aspiring teachers who are relentless in their wish to be outstanding practitioners and who, in turn, produce outstanding learners.

Working with all age groups, WYTA is led by two outstanding primary schools:

  • Shelley First School
  • Spring Grove Junior Infant and Nursery School

We are closely supported by a number of very strong secondary partner schools.

As a relatively small provider, we really get to know you. Our focused, in-depth and supportive yet challenging programme builds your confidence and subject knowledge and gives you the necessary skills to become a highly effective classroom practitioner. Our offer includes:

  • school-based specialists
  • academic experts
  • comprehensive mentoring
  • a successful, high quality programme (97% of all of our trainees achieved good/outstanding)
  • strong employment opportunities

Our trainees agree: “With WYTA, I have always had the impression that everyone is rooting for you to succeed.” (2015-16 Primary trainee).“Support from WYTA has been outstanding.” (2016-17 Secondary trainee).

Interview process

We work closely with the University of Huddersfield to review our entry requirements and ensure applications meet our criteria. If your application is successful, you will be invited to interview.

Interviews take place ‘remotely’ or in our partner schools and our interview panel comprises representatives from the West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance, our partner schools and often a representative from the university.

The interview process may include:

  • A 15-20 minute teaching task, teaching a concept from your subject area usually to Key Stage 3 pupils
  • A formal interview
  • A subject knowledge task*
  • A written literacy task *
  • A short Maths and English audit *

  • *These tasks are designed to help us evaluate your skills and assess what support we may need to provide, should you be offered a place on our course. You may be required to complete some of these tasks online prior to the interview day. Further details will be provided when invited to interview.

All of our interview tasks assess your suitability to train to teach and are included in order to reassure us that you have the capacity to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Our interview process is a rigorous one, designed to ensure we attract high quality candidates who understand the resilience required to complete this intensive one-year course.

Candidates will be informed within the 40 day deadline as to whether their application has been successful or not.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

Whatever your circumstances, we take each application on its own merits and we actively and genuinely welcome applications from suitably qualified persons from all backgrounds regardless of race, disability, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

We have significant experience of supporting trainee teachers with a range of needs, including:

  • physical disability
  • mental health conditions
  • dyslexia

Although each of our partner schools has differing access arrangements, all schools are Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant. Schools and Initial Teacher Training providers are required by law to make reasonable adjustments in order to remove barriers to participation and achievement. We value the fact that we are all different whilst recognising that fairness and equity are principles that underpin all our work.

In addition, the University of Huddersfield’s Wellbeing and Disability Service works with a wide range of additional needs, disabilities and long-term conditions that can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to study. You would be able to access support from either or both of us. The University is set in multicultural Huddersfield, a context that supports and facilitates our desire to prepare trainees to teach in a diverse society.

We encourage you to talk to us; we always try to offer you a placement in a school that best meets your needs and we will do all that we can to provide you with all the support you need to become a successful teacher, delivering subjects you love and having a major impact on your students.

Contact this training provider

07521 668300
School Terrace, Far Bank
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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