Gorse SCITT Music (239G)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

As a Music trainee teacher, you will learn all the skills needed to become an expert and assured teaching professional. We will ensure that you are confident in delivering all aspects of the curriculum and whatever your discipline or subject specialism, you will be, by the end of the programme, fully equipped to successfully teach all topics and subjects to a range of abilities and key stages. You will be taught how to plan and successfully deliver engaging and creative lessons, effectively assess pupil progress, reflect on your practice and become a well-rounded teacher who engages fully in whole-school life. You will work alongside, and be mentored by, a range of expert and experienced colleagues – Subject Leads, Professional Mentors, Placement Mentors and the SCITT team – who will all ensure that by the end of your training you are able to teach in any setting, in any context and in any location.

Assessment for Qualified Teacher Status will be against our curriculum, the Core Content Framework, and ultimately, the Teachers’ Standards. You will submit weekly evidence that demonstrates your progress in the classroom, as well as reflections on your training. You will also receive regular and supportive feedback on your teaching from experienced colleagues. For the PGCE element, which runs seamlessly alongside your school-based practice, you will complete two research-based university assignments; guidance and support for both QTS and PGCE will be offered throughout the year.

School placements

All of our carefully selected placement schools are detailed on our website. We have worked hard to ensure that you will complete a minimum of two contrasting placements, each designed and personalised so that you will make real progress during the year. Because of the rewarding and mutually-beneficial relationship between GORSE SCITT and its partner schools, your placements are guaranteed; you will not be offered a place on our programme if we do not have a quality placement experience to offer you. We will organise and make all your placement arrangements for you. In addition to your placements, your central and subject training will focus on what excellent classroom practice looks like, whilst always ensuring that you are aware of what effective and relevant evidenced-based practice looks like. You will be taught how to take a reflective and analytical view of your teaching and know how to make effective progress. You will work alongside, and be mentored by, a range of expert and experienced colleagues – Subject Leads, Professional Mentors, Placement Mentors and the SCITT team – who will all ensure that by the end of your training you are able to teach in any setting, in any context and in any location.

You will experience and teach across two key stages. For Primary that will be Key Stages One and Two (ages 4 to 11), for Secondary that will be Key Stages Three and Four (ages 11-16) and for Secondary/Post 16 that will be Key Stages Four and Five (14-19).

You will have a minimum of two placements, one from September to Christmas and one from January to June. A third placement maybe offered as applicable and if in your best interests.

You will usually be in school three days and two mornings every week and expected to follow the timings, practices and culture of the school.

GORSE SCITT believes that all trainees, morally, should understand where pupils have been on their educational journey so far, and where their journey may take them. As such, all trainees will experience teaching enhancements from Early Years to Year 13 and beyond.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Boston Spa Academy
Clifford Moor Road, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, LS23 6RW
Bruntcliffe Academy
Bruntcliffe Lane, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0LZ
Cockburn John Charles Academy
Old Run Road, Leeds, LS10 2JU
John Smeaton Academy
Barwick Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8TA
The Farnley Academy
Chapel Lane, Farnley, Leeds, LS12 5EU
The Marvell College
Barham Road, Hull, HU9 4EE
The Morley Academy
Fountain Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0PD
The Ruth Gorse Academy
Black Bull Street, Leeds, LS10 1HW
Trinity Academy
Church Balk, Thorne, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN8 5BY

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We accept equivalencies passed prior to the programme commencing through equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

Has high moral purpose in their desire to become a teacher.

Is able to respond positively to guidance towards self-improvement.

Has an intrinsic passion for learning.

Is fully prepared and demonstrates a clear understanding of teaching in a socially and culturally diverse society.

Assumes a high level of responsibility for the well-being, attainment, progress and outcomes of pupils.

Plans lessons that use appropriate, imaginative and creative strategies that match the individual learning styles and needs of pupils.

Demonstrates excellent subject knowledge and is able to apply this and the appropriate learning and teaching pedagogy to support the pupils they teach.

Other requirements

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. We encourage you to enrol to the DBS update service. An overseas DBS may be required for those who have spent time outside of the UK.

All applicants will be required to complete proficiency tests in English and Mathematics which will be delivered by GORSE SCITT.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

Over the last nine years, GORSE SCITT has trained over 1600 trainee teachers across all subjects and in both Primary and Secondary phases. As an Ofsted Outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training, we have worked hard to ensure that our training programme and curriculum is one that we can be proud of, and one that ensures that our trainees are well-prepared for employment in any school, in any context, in any location.

GORSE SCITT offers the opportunity to train in locations across Yorkshire and Humber. Because of the range of schools we are partnered with, trainees experience a minimum of two contrasting placements throughout their training year. The powerful and mutually-rewarding relationship between GORSE SCITT and its partner schools means that you can be sure that if you are offered a place on our programme, your placements are guaranteed; you will not be expected to find your own placements. An overview of the schools we are partnered with can be found on our website. In addition to these placements, you will have the opportunity to engage with a range of enhancements. These enhancements support your development in understanding the learning journey of a child from the moment they start in an educational setting to the moment they leave. Our enhancements range from SEND, EAL, Post-16 and Alternative Provision, as well as allowing you to engage with different key stages from those you are training to teach. Our aim is to ensure you are well-prepared for a successful career in teaching.

Interview process

Our interview process is currently offered online. Because of our close relationship with our partner schools we may also be able to offer a school experience to applicants by negotiation.

You will usually be interviewed by a senior tutor of GORSE SCITT, a Subject Lead of GORSE SCITT and/or a Senior Leader from a partner school.

  • You will make a short 3-5 minute presentation about why you want to teach and what you will bring to teaching; you should engage with the panel or pupils making clear why you want to be a teacher.

  • You will participate in a lesson with a fully qualified teacher, interacting with students, helping them, answering questions and assisting the teacher with the lesson.

  • You will have a formal interview which will give you the opportunity to discuss why you want to be a teacher, what you would bring to the profession, and also show us your resilience and initiative.

  • You will be asked to complete a range of written work. These will include subjects such as current issues facing education, reasons for your subject being part of the curriculum, your desire to teach, the importance of safeguarding, and subject knowledge questions.

  • After your interview, we aim to let you know if you have been successful within 48 hours.

  • If we regard you as a strong candidate who needs further development to be ready to join our programme we will facilitate this through our Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes.

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

We pride ourselves on the layers of support we provide for our trainees. Each week you will be mentored by a placement mentor who will support you with the planning, delivery and reflection of your lessons, as well as ensuring that you experience your placement as a colleague rather than as a trainee; we also expect our trainees to act like colleagues. You will be mentored and coached each week by a Professional Mentor who will support the development of your classroom pedagogy, and a Subject Lead who will support your subject knowledge development as well as ensuring that you are able to fully deliver your subject curriculum. You will also have the full support of the GORSE SCITT leadership team at all times.

Our training programme, and our curriculum, mirror the teaching philosophy of The GORSE Academies Trust and our partner schools; we deal with, and remove barriers to learning so that children from all backgrounds and all starting points are supported in fulfilling their potential. We work closely with our trainees to ensure that where possible, we personalise your training experience so that you are able to successfully complete your training.

We take trainee wellbeing and welfare extremely seriously. We know that our trainees come from a range of backgrounds and are diverse in terms of their experiences, age and career paths. We are able to make your transition into teaching as seamless as possible.

Contact this training provider

0113 4871777
c/o The Bruntcliffe Academy
Bruntcliffe Lane
Leeds, Yorkshire
LS27 0LZ

Support and advice

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