Riding Forward TSA
Primary (25Q2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Hull
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
Full Academic year (September to July)
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our School Direct programme lasts for the full academic year (September - July), during which time successful applicants will be based in a host school from our partnership of schools, with excellent experience in ITT, alongside attending the full range of PGCE lectures at the University of Hull. Our trainees attend 100% of the PGCE taught course at the University of Hull.

In the Autumn term trainees begin the course in early September and typically have a week to ten days in their host school before beginning the PGCE lectures at Hull University. The Autumn placement consists of Mondays and Tuesdays in the host school, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the university. During this time trainees will be engaged in a number of tasks to enable them to understand the different aspects of teaching in a modern classroom, as well as attending lectures at the University of Hull for subject knowledge.

In the Spring term trainees will complete a contrasting placement in a different Key Stage in another one of our partner schools for seven weeks. This is a full time placement in school where trainees take on up to 50% of the teaching commitment.

Following this the trainees return to the university for a couple of weeks to resume PGCE taught course before returning to their original host school.

Throughout each term there are a series of assignments that trainees are required to pass in order to achieve the PGCE qualification and 60 credits towards Masters level.

In the Summer term trainees complete their final teaching placement in their host school for ten assessed weeks (until early July). From this final placement, recommendations for Qualified Teacher Status are agreed.

The trainee stays at their host school until the end of the academic year, to prepare for their journey as a newly qualified teacher.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to interview via email by Andrea Tonks, Teaching School Manager. All of our interviews take place at Molescroft Primary School, Beverley (lead school for Riding Forward TSA).

Interviews will consist of an activity involving children and a formal interview.

We are looking for candidates with as much relevant experience of being in a school as possible, and evidence of why teaching is for them.

Applicants who demonstrate a passion for working with young people and a strong desire to teach.

Applicants who display a good level of spoken and written standard English.

How school placements work

Successful applicants will be based in two schools throughout the academic year.

The main school that the trainee will spend their time in is referred to as the ‘host school’. Once the applicant has been offered a place on either our Early Years or Primary course, and has accepted, then discussions will take place as to where their host school will be.

We try to find a host school that is as near to the trainee’s home as possible, however, the most important factor is that it is a ‘good fit’ between the trainee and the school.

The contrasting placement school will not be organised until the Autumn Term, but again, we try to keep any travelling to a minimum. Please note, however, that the East Riding is a large rural county and some element of travel will be required. It is ideal if you have your own transport available.


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.



If you want to train to teach, you will need to demonstrate:

A standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics, English and a science subject to teach at primary level

Advice about equivalency testing can be found at : http://www.equivalencytesting.com/options.html

Equivalency testing is available through the University of Hull for Maths / English / Combined Science.

School Direct candidates commencing ITT from September 2020 will no longer be expected to sit QTS skills tests in English and Maths.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have as much relevant experience of being in school as possible and who have researched the modern classroom and the National Curriculum. Showing evidence of why a career in teaching is for them.

Candidates who demonstrate a passion for working with children and a strong desire to teach.

We are looking for applicants with a good level of spoken and written standard English.

Other requirements

All applicants are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions, clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), regarding suitability to work with young people and a fitness to teach declaration.

About the training provider

We have developed exciting and effective programmes with a highly regarded Higher Education Institution, the University of Hull. Our programmes last for the full academic year, during which time trainees are based in a host school with excellent experience in supporting with ITT alongside attending PGCE lectures at the University of Hull. School Direct places are available in well regarded Early Years and Primary classrooms within the East Riding of Yorkshire. Our School Direct programmes have been designed to give trainees the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner. On successful completion of the training, trainees are awarded a PGCE with QTS which includes 60n credits towards Masters Level.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We’re here to fully support you in achieving academic success. The University and school environment can sometimes present certain issues or challenges. We help students work together with staff to help to overcome any barriers to you reaching your best.

In some circumstances in may be necessary for successful applicants to undergo a fitness to teach assessment with the University of Hull.

Contact details

01482 679139
St. Leonard's Road, Molescroft
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 7HF


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