Horizon Schools Direct Primary (2L6G)

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

Accredited body
Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training
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 one-year PGCE programme is focused on the 3-7 year age phase covering the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula.

The course programme derives from close study of the child as a developing individual and interactive member of a group. The course places considerable emphasis on developing skills in planning and the assessment of learning, and on the curriculum for the age range.

Emphasis is also placed on the quality of the classroom as a stimulating environment designed to accelerate learning and development. Student-teachers will encounter all areas of experience appropriate to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula.

In order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status trainees must meet the Teachers’ Standards set by the Government and so the programme is designed to enable trainees to achieve this by offering a balance of school and YWTT SCITT based periods across the year.

The programme is one-year, full-time and its structure is closely linked to the term dates of local schools, with registration taking place in early September and the course finishing at the end of July.

Trainees are matched with a host school and will spend the majority of their learning journey in this setting. A typical week is four days in school with one day at the training base.

Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training (YWTT SCITT) was judged ‘Outstanding’ across all areas of its Ofsted report in October 2019.

YWTT provides excellent training facilities with both primary and secondary simulated classrooms purposefully designed to enhance the programme delivery. YWTT provides a bespoke training experience for all our trainees and the Leadership has a wealth of experience and have a hands on approach to supporting all trainees to enable them to become the very best practitioners to ensure the next generation flourish.

The school-based element of the programme is largely taken up by two Teaching placements but there are also many other half and full-day visits to schools.

In addition to the award of QTS, trainees are able to gain a Post Graduate certificate in Education through Sheffield Hallam University which is delivered as part of the training programme at the Yorkshire Wolds Training base. The award of PGCE is separate to the award of QTS and, in order to achieve this, trainees must study for, complete and pass two assignments set and assessed by Sheffield Hallam University.

School placements

Trainees undertake two periods of teaching; one in the spring term and one in the summer.

During these placements, in two contrasting schools, trainees are expected to gradually build up portfolio of teaching and related evidence which enables them to demonstrate meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

During the diversity placement a trainee will spend some time observing classroom practice, undertaking joint planning and delivery, reflecting on this with the subject mentor in weekly mentor meetings, undertaking a student progress tracking task and gradually developing teaching practices.

The Main placement is a longer placement in a suitably diverse school, where the trainee will spend time observing classroom practice, reflecting on this with the subject mentor in weekly mentor meetings, acting as a TA and gradually developing and embedding teaching skills, building up to a 70% teaching timetable by the end of the placement.

The aim is to give every trainee a wide range of experience, encompassing pupils of different ages and schools of different size and type.

For each teaching placement, trainees are assigned a university tutor who offers support and guidance before and during the placement. This complements the role of the school mentor, who is able to monitor and assist the trainees’ development on a day-to-day basis.

University tutors and school mentors work closely in partnership with one another to ensure the best possible outcomes for all trainees.

During the year trainees will have the opportunity to teach all primary curriculum subjects, with an emphasis on English and mathematics. The overall teaching load for the spring placement is 60-65%, with an increase in the summer to 70-75%. This provides a firm basis for the 80% teaching load during the NQT year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification

Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered

Equivalency tests will be accepted in English, maths and science

Equivalency testing is available if you do not hold these qualifications, but please contact us before applying if this applies to you.

You should be a graduate (or about to graduate this year), preferably with a 1st, upper 2nd or lower 2nd class degree.

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of ITT.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities We are looking for applicants with

  • A commitment to primary education
  • An ability to motivate and inspire children of all abilities
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Effective interaction with children
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • Perseverance and flexibility
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work co-operatively
  • An awareness of current educational issues
  • A broad subject-knowledge base
  • Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn
  • Awareness of what being a primary teacher entails

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check

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 £12,800

Actual fee to be confirmed for 2020-21 entry, the fee published was for the fee for 2019-20 entry.

Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit the following website for information. (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview)

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

About the training provider

Horizon Academy Trust is a primary only academy trust of highly successful schools in Hull and the East Riding.

Schools in the partnership range from the ethnically diverse and inner city, to rural, but share a common attribute in that they offer an outstanding professional training experience for graduates new to teaching.

Secondly, where teaching opportunities within the partnership arise, outstanding qualified teachers who have trained with us have the strongest chance of gaining employment.

Our PGCE Initial Teacher Training Programme will:

  • Be based predominantly around school experience, with outstanding training delivered at the host and alternative placement schools, from September you are in school 4 days out of 5.

  • Lead to full PGCE with QTS and Masters Credits (linking to your Continuing Professional Development within the partnership).

  • Lead to a planned career path within our partnership, provided we are able to offer you a position.

In 2021/22 100% of our graduates were successful in gaining employment.

For 2023/24 Horizon will be offering Primary (5-11) and EYFS (3-7) focussed School Direct routes to gaining a postgraduate teaching qualification:

Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training are our partners on our school direct route as they offer an outstanding training programme, with an accredited PGCE from Sheffield Hallam University.

Interview process

Competition for places is strong. Successful applicants will a full day at the university. This will begin with a general introduction to the PGCE programme by the Programme Director, followed by an opportunity to ask questions. The rest of the sessions comprises four activities:

  • A 20 minute teaching sequence to a group of 6 to 8 pupils
  • A written task to assess the quality of your written English
  • A numeracy task
  • An individual interview with a member of the Tidal team and a headteacher from one of our partner schools.

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

All schools in the partnership have up to date accessibility plans and are continually working to ensure all needs are accommodated in our schools.

Any candidates with additional needs receive additional time when completing University skills tests as part of the recruitment process.

Contact this training provider

Spring Cottage Primary School, Dressay Grove

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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