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

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This SSELP School Direct course (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: 130 School based training days, across 2 consecutive age-phases, which will take place in SSELP School Direct schools. Workshops, 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 3 terms.
The first term, from September to Christmas consists of school based professional practice in your Home school and culminates in a 6 week assessed block placement. Outside of the 6 week assessed block placement period your week will be comprise of: 3 days of school based training, 1 day of SSELP SD workshops and 1 day at Sheffield Hallam University.
The second term from January to March, is referred to as the Alternative Placement. Here, you will attend a different SSELP SD school as well as attend the SSELP SD workshops and university and have the opportunity to visit a secondary school and Special Needs school. The third term, from March to June, will be based back at your Home school but will be in an alternative key stage. You will complete your final 8 week assessed block placement.

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 2 assessed Block placements within your Home school and will be assessed by your mentor overseen by your SSELP SD course lead and a University Link Tutor. You will need to demonstrate that you have met all the Teaching Standards. You will also need to complete 2 masters’ level assignments together with academic assignments. Qualifications You will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) together with Qualified teaching Status (QTS) with master’s credits (60 credits).

Interview process

You will need to apply through UCAS. 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 at a SSELP School Direct shortlisting meeting and if successful, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview process consists of a short 20 minute teaching activity and an interview. 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. UCAS will then be updated.

How school placements work

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 Home 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. Placements are selected 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 Home schools before the summer holidays. The school placement works on an ABA pattern. You will spend the first part of your course, up to Christmas, in your Home school. This is called Block Placement 1. After Christmas you will go to a different SSELP school for your Alternative placement before returning to your Home school in March for your Block Placement 2. You will be required to experience both Key Stages so each Home school placement will be in a different key stage. In total you will spend approximately 107 days in your Home school and 24 days in your Alternative Placement School. The remainder of the course will be split between Workshop 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 NQT week.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

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.

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To apply for this course you will need to have:

A degree level qualification at a 3rd or above before starting the course. Maths, English and Science GCSE grade C or above or equivalence before starting the course.

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.

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 five 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

About the accredited body

Sheffield Hallam University, judged as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, and recently awarded University of the Year for Teaching Quality, has established a highly effective and long standing partnership with SSELP School Direct. SHU is based in the centre of Sheffield which offers convenience for you to access all the university facilities and student entitlements. Sheffield Hallam University provides the academic modules for the PGCE qualification whilst SSELP SD provides the school based, immersive, theory into practice experience. SSELP SD firmly believes that this partnership approach is the best preparation for training to become a highly effective teacher.

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 details

0114 244 1842
Tinsley Meadows Primary Acadamy
Five Rivers TSA
South Yorkshire
S9 1SG


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