Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

GORSE SCITT (Leeds, Bradford, Hull and East Yorkshire) Primary (5-11) (2XT2)

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


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Our Primary 5-11 programme will develop your skills in teaching outstanding lessons for Primary school pupils. We will use our Subject Knowledge Development programme to ensure that you have all the necessary skills to plan and deliver the National Curriculum in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two whilst also developing a knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Framework and the importance of this in relation to KS1 and KS2. During your placements, you will develop your pedagogy and practice through working alongside highly experienced school colleagues who have taught successfully in Primary schools for many years. In addition to being placed in two contrasting Primary schools, we also provide you with experience in an Early Years setting and in Secondary school in order to give you a deeper understanding of a child’s educational journey. Throughout the programme, you will work closely with your Professional Mentor, Mentor and Subject Lead to ensure that you get all the support you need to become an excellent teacher.

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
Christ Church Upper Armley Church Of England Primary School
Theaker Lane, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3NU
Diamond Wood
North Road, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 3AD
Harehills Primary School
Darfield Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5DQ
Hillcrest Academy
Cowper Street, Leeds, LS7 4DR
Holy Trinity Church Of England Primary
Queensway, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0NB
Lightcliffe Church Of England Primary School
Wakefield Road , Lightcliffe, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 8SH
Manston St James CE Primary Academy
Sandbed Lane, Cross Gates, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8JH
Morley Newlands Academy
Wide Lane, Morley, Leeds, LS27 8PG
Overthorpe C of E Academy
Edge Top Road , Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 0BH
Richmond Hill Academy
Clark Lane, Leeds, LS9 8PN
Ryecroft Academy
Stonebridge Grove, Farnley, Leeds, LS12 5AW
St Chads Church Of England Primary School
Northolme Avenue, West Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5QR

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, 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 English, maths or science.

We accept equivalencies passed prior to the programme commencing through

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 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

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022