Riding Forward Education Alliance Primary (25Q2)

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
5 to 11
Course length
Full Academic year (September to July) - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our School Direct programme lasts for the full academic year (September - end of June), during which time successful applicants will be based in a host school from our partnership of schools, with excellent experience in ITT, alongside attending a full range of professional studies sessions and PGCE sessions at the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training base.

In the Autumn term trainees begin the course in early September for an induction week at the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training base.
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.

Trainees will have a main teaching placement and a diversity placement over the course of the academic year. During these placements, in two contrasting schools, trainees are expected to gradually build up a portfolio of teaching and related evidence which enables them to demonstrate meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

The days at the training base are designed to include: Enquiry Planning Sessions, to support work completed in the school setting, Professional Studies Sessions, led by expert practitioners from across the partnership, Tutorial Sessions, with an allocated tutor for each trainee, Mentoring and Evidencing Sessions, designed to support trainees in their collection of evidence.

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

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/diversity placement 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.

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.

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

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.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We have developed exciting and effective programmes with an outstanding SCITT, Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training. 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 professional studies sessions at the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training base. 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.

About the accredited body

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.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to interview via email by Jonathon Williams, Riding Forward Phase Lead. All of our interviews take place at Molescroft Primary School, Beverley (lead school for Riding Forward Education Alliance).

Interviews will consist of an activity involving children and a formal interview. There will also be a fundamental English and Maths knowledge audit.

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.

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

We’re here to fully support you in achieving academic success. The training base 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 Yorkshire Wolds Teacher training.

Contact this training provider

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

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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