Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) Primary (3-7) (2SBT)

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

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University
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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This SSELP School Direct course, Primary with Early Years (2SBT) is for graduates who are passionate about training to teach primary school pupils in both Early Years and Key Stage 1 (3 - 7 years).

Your course will consist of:

120 plus days in School based training days, across 2 consecutive age-phases, which will take place in SSELP School Direct schools. Taught Training days led by skilled practitioners at SSELP SD. Seminars and lectures led by Sheffield Hallam University. (2 masters assignments)

This one year PGCE primary course is divided into 2 sections:

The first part, from September to December consists of school based professional practice in your first placement school. Your week will be comprised of: 3 days of school based training, 1 day at a SSELP SD Training day and 1 day at Sheffield Hallam University. However, for some weeks of your training you will be in school full time. The second part from January to June, consists of school based professional practice in your second placement school. Here, you will attend a different SSELP SD school, in a different key stage, as well as attend the SSELP SD training days and university and have the opportunity to visit KS2 and a Special Needs provider.

Course support:

During the course you will be allocated one of our highly trained and skilled mentors who will guide and support you through the school based training element of the course. You will also be provided with an experienced SHU academic tutor who will offer support with your academic studies including your 2 masters’ assignments. Further support will come from your SSELP SD course lead, SHU course lead and a university Link Tutor.

Course assessment:

You will complete 4 review point assessments during your school placements. These assessments are completed with your mentor and are quality assured by your SSELP SD course lead and your University Link Tutor. You will need to demonstrate that you have met all the Teaching Standards to successfully complete the course. You will also need to complete 2 masters’ level assignments together with academic assignments.


You will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) together with Qualified teaching Status (QTS) with master’s credits (60 credits).

School placements

All SSELP School Direct schools are geographically close together, located in the South East area of Sheffield. This means that distances you need to travel between schools and Sheffield Hallam University will always be relatively short.

SSELP School Direct is comprised of 18 schools: 14 primary, 1 special school, 1 Early Years school and 2 secondary schools. You will be allocated your first school place in the summer term before you start your course and you will have the opportunity to meet other students on your SSELP School Direct course, your school based mentor and classroom teacher, and visit your Home school before the start of the summer holidays. This means that you will feel well prepared before starting in September.

School placements are only finalised after talking to you about your requirements and training needs. We then select the best school to meet your needs and inform you and the schools before the summer holidays. The school placement works on an AB pattern. You will spend the first part of your course, up to the end of December, in your first school and the second part of your course, from January to June, in a different school and a different key stage.

You will be required to experience both Key Stages so each school placement will be in a different key stage. In total you will spend over 120 days in school. The remainder of the course will be split between Taught Training days at SSELP School Direct and lectures and seminars at Sheffield Hallam University. After completion of your course you will spend one week in your employing school and this is referred to as the ECT week.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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 maths or science.

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Personal qualities

We will be looking for people who can demonstrate a passion for training to teach in the primary sector. Students need to understand, to some extent, what teaching is all about. We are looking for energetic, inspirational, dedicated and hard-working individuals who want to enter teaching because they want to make the lives of the young people in our community, better.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial support is available to you. You could receive tuition fee loans and maintenance loans to help fund your training.

To find out more visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available to you.

Also visit Sheffield Hallam University student finance for excellent support and information at

About the training provider

Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) School Direct is a collaboration of 18 schools situated in South East Sheffield, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. The lead school, Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy, is part of Five Rivers TSA.

The schools work collaboratively to enhance ITT provision and to provide outstanding training and career opportunities. Our commitment to developing our teachers of the future ensures that our training is of an exceptionally high standard. Over the past seven years a hundred percent of our students have passed. A significant number of our graduates are now making a difference to our children every day.

SSELP Schools are proud to represent a close geographical catchment of schools which provides a wide variety of contexts including Special schools; a breadth of special education needs and disabilities; schools with a significant high percentage of EAL and multicultural diversity; faith schools; a mixed social demographic; all phases of education from nursery to post 16.

Many SSELP schools are recognised as centres of excellent practice, offering school to school support and leading on school improvement projects across Sheffield and beyond. Practice within our schools is firmly embedded in action research which informs and drives the continual professional development of our teams.

We offer qualified teacher status (QTS) and PGCE qualifications with 60 Master’s credits.
SSELP SD offer: Primary (5 - 11 years) Course code: 25YM Primary with Early Years (3 - 7 years) Course code: 2SBT Primary with PE specialism (5 - 11 years) Course code: 38P8

Interview process

You will need to apply through APPLY. Simply look for Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) or search for code 1N7.

Next, you will need to select the course you would like. If you would like to teach primary school pupils aged 3 – 7 years (Early Years and KS1) look for the course code 2SBT.

Once we have received your application it will be reviewed by a SSELP School Direct shortlisting meeting and if successful, you will be invited to attend an on line zoom interview.

The interview process:

  • Interviews will take place on line
  • ID and qualification documentation will be required before the online interview.
  • Planning for a teaching session will be requested. No teaching session with pupils will take place.

The interview panel will be made up of a minimum of 2 SSELP senior leaders. The outcome of the interview process will be communicated to you within 24 hours by a phone call and by email.

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

SSELP is dedicated to respecting, valuing, and supporting all our trainees, colleagues and pupils. Every person within our community of schools is treated as an equal regardless of disability or need. We believe that everyone within our community has an important contribution to make to our schools whether that be in the classroom or in shaping the wider culture and ethos of our schools. You have the choice whether you disclose your disability or need to SHU, SSELP School Direct or directly to your school. All disclosures are treated with sensitivity and confidentiality. Making a disclosure means that we then have the opportunity to put in the support you require to enable you to succeed and reach your full potential during your initial teacher training course. All our schools are equal opportunities employers. Our schools are actively involved in implementing mental health and well-being strategies. This means that we will make reasonable adjustments to support and provide access during your course and you can receive further support through Sheffield Hallam University, if required.

Contact this training provider

07853 187221
Tinsley Meadows Primary Acadamy
Five Rivers TSA
South Yorkshire
S9 1SG

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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