GORSE SCITT (Leeds, Bradford, Hull and East Yorkshire) Social Sciences (2FL4)

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

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
14 to 19 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Whether your specialism is Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care, we will provide you with the knowledge and resources required to excel in all three areas of the discipline. We see the value in every academic subject and recognise the social sciences power to enrich students’ educational experience.

The Social Science course is carefully planned, robust and ambitious with evidence-based enquiry at its heart. Delivering the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework, it also seeks to go beyond it in its design. It covers:

  • Preparing for your ITT year
  • Personal and professional conduct and responsibilities
  • Pupil safety, wellbeing, happiness, and progress
  • Creating an effective behaviour for learning environment
  • Planning, teaching, and evaluating lessons
  • Meeting the needs of all learners
  • Pedagogical knowledge
  • Preparing to become an effective Early Career Teacher

By the end of the course, you will be equipped to deliver all aspects of the Social Science curriculum to a range of abilities and key stages.

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.

Assessment for Qualified Teacher Status will be against our curriculum, the Core Content Framework, and ultimately, the Teachers’ Standards. You will 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.

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 four days every week and expected to follow the timings, practices and culture of the school.

GORSE SCITT believes that all trainees 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 to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Elliott Hudson College
White Rose Office Park, Leeds, LS11 0LT
Lightcliffe Academy
Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 8TL
The Farnley Academy
Chapel Lane, Farnley, Leeds, LS12 5EU
The Morley Academy
Fountain Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0PD

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in social sciences or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

Over the last ten 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

You will usually be interviewed by a member of the GORSE SCITT senior leadership team a Subject Lead of GORSE SCITT and/or a Senior Leader from a partner school. They will give a short introduction with more information on training to teach with GORSE SCITT.

  • You will make a short 5-minute presentation about why you want to teach and what you will bring to teaching.

  • There will be a formal interview and you will also be asked to complete some short, written tasks.

  • 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 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

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

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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