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Sola Fide Multi-Academy Trust Primary (29X3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
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 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Sola Fide School Direct programme is a collaborative programme offering 120 days of ‘hands-on’ teaching experience in schools, 30 training days led by outstanding primary practitioners in their school settings and a further 30 core days at the University of Huddersfield. Upon graduating from the programme, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS and additional Masters level credits to ensure that you will have the best possible start to your teaching career.

Our teaching placements are based in schools across our alliance, in a range of differing contexts and are enhanced by additional enrichment placements and training.

Trainees will have the support of highly trained, school- based professional mentors and a designated contact in our Multi Academy Trust, who will design a highly bespoke programme, tailored to meet trainees’ needs. As well as in-school experience, each trainee will attend core-training days in MAT schools and receive full access to all of the higher educational facilities the university has to offer.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence. There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further. Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the Department for Education.

School placements

We have a number of long-standing school partnerships locally and we work extremely closely with our partners to ensure that every student has the very best experience possible.

The course typically consists of two main placements, in two contrasting settings and age phases, but there are also a number of additional experiences offered, including short placements in specialist SEND settings and those with high-proportions of learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL).

For further information about the course structure and design please email Simon Buxton-Moore at

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will need:

  • GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science at grade 4 or above (or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme) or equivalent.
  • An Honours degree with a classification of 2:2 or above.
  • You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.

We ask for conditions to be met by 31 August 2021.

Personal qualities

We are looking for inspirational people who have the ambition to become the school leaders of the future. We want the most committed and aspirational trainees, who will embrace the opportunities we offer and be committed to personal development and life-long learning.

In addition to the entry requirements above, we also advise that you spend some time gaining experience in a primary school in Key Stage 1 and 2 to give you a greater insight into your career choice and help you decide whether teaching is right for you. Other areas of relevant experience may also support your application.

Other requirements

  • You should provide two references. Where applicants have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of the referees should be a member of staff who can comment on your potential to train to teach.
  • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children.
  • We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University. You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year. When you enrol, we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year. If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance ( pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

About the training provider

Sola Fide is a mixed Multi-academy Trust that is able to accommodate all types of schools, church and state, from a full range of differing contexts aligning with the trust’s inclusive, collaborative nature - embracing and meeting the needs of children everywhere.
Children are at the centre - they always come first. Children’s futures are entrusted into our hands.
We are committed to providing children with a wide range of high-quality learning opportunities enabling them to flourish. Sola Fide expresses is Commitment through Love and Service. The trust is motivated by the desire to make a difference, strategic in its approach and committed to unleashing everyone’s potential.
It is our ambition that all schools within Sola Fide impact positively on the communities they serve. The Christian values of love and service are embraced by everyone, effectively built within all practices and processes and therefore practically demonstrated throughout the Trust, epitomising ‘love in action.’
There is a genuine willingness to share with others. We believe that when one gives freely, everyone gains and grows. To this end, Sola Fide has a Teaching School supporting schools locally, regionally, nationally, internationally and globally, and is an academy Sponsor.

About the accredited body

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers, training around 1,500 every year with local and national partners. They operate strong, credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together, academics, researchers and partners within schools work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills. By studying with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible.

Interview process

We love welcoming visitors to our schools and we aim to make our interview process a positive experience for all. We realise that making the right choice of training route and provider is as important to our candidates as it is for us to identify and select the very best potential.

The interview process typically includes:

  • An applicants’ briefing (school-tours not currently operating)
  • A class-based assessment; during this counterpart, you will be asked to facilitate a 20 minute activity with a group of children to a given brief.
  • A written task; during this activity you will be expected to write a short piece of text to display your written communication skills.
  • A maths assessment.
  • A panel interview with members of the alliance

During this process you will be interviewed as to your suitability for the position on the School Direct Programme and will be given the opportunity to ask any further questions you may have about the course.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Wellbeing and Disability Service at the University of Huddersfield works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities or conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments and social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues. Our main aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you’re capable of. For more information please email

Contact this training provider

St John's CE Primary School
James St
M35 9PY

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