Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust Professional Development Partnership (BWCAT Partnership) Primary (3-7) (2P7Y)

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

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity 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.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our Early Years PGCE Primary (3–7 years) course is designed to develop teaching and learning through immersive school-based experience and reflective practice, organised into three stages: you will receive teaching from university academic staff at Leeds Trinity campus for 2 days per week as well as training under the direction of BWCAT PDP.

We have a number of Specialist Leaders in Education who will support and contribute to the School Direct programme, thus enabling a bespoke programme tailored to student’s needs. In addition to this, students are supported by a Lead Mentor and outstanding practitioners.

The school-centred nature of the training programme means you will be based in two different primary schools for the majority of the academic year. Your school placements will provide a variety of training experiences, building your confidence and classroom excellence and equipping you for the reality of your ECT years.

School placements

We currently have 15 partner schools that are listed on our Teaching website, all of which are Outstanding or Good. Early Years Trainees will be placed in years groups from Nursery up to Year 2 in Key Stage 1. Trainees complete 3 placements across 2 schools. Stage 1 is completed in a ‘Host School’ where trainees are fully supported in teaching Core areas over a period of 7 weeks. Serial visits to the school are made in the build up in preparation of this. Stage 2 and 3 are completed at a ‘Home School’. Stage 2 is 10 weeks long where trainees progressively begin to teach a broader Early Years curriculum. Stage 3 is 10 weeks long, where trainees develop independence and confidence across all of the Teaching Standards, showcasing school readiness for their ECT years. Stage 3 is completed in a trainees preferred year group, where possible, in order to build upon existing strengths.

Consideration of individual and geographical needs are always taken into account when allocating placement schools. We pride ourselves on this and consider it one of the contributing factors to the excellent outcomes and successes of the training program.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

We do not offer the tests as part of our School Direct Programme. Please use a third party provider to complete the skills tests.

Personal qualities

BWCAT PDP are committed to creating teachers of the future. We are seeking individuals who are genuinely passionate about shaping and making a difference to young lives and have:

Expert communication skills Superior listening skills Deep knowledge and a creative mind The ability to build caring relationships with children Friendliness, compassion and understanding Excellent preparation and organisation skills Strong work ethic High expectations for all

Other requirements

Meet the ‘national requirements’ (degree, GCSEs, DBS check, health clearance) Have good subject knowledge at degree level Have some subject curriculum knowledge Have a good understanding of what teachers do Usually some experience in a school or schools Often have (other) experience with children

Fees and financial support

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

Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2022-23. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. ​

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability

About the training provider

Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust Professional Development Partnership (BWCAT PDP formerly St Mary’s Teaching School) is an inspirational partnership that is currently in its eighth year of providing high quality Teacher Training. A high proportion of trainees are retained in our Teaching School Alliance and Diocese. Our Teaching School Alliance covers a wide geographical area, working with a number of good and outstanding schools across Leeds and North Yorkshire. As part of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, we a group of excellent voluntary academies working together. All schools that we are in partnership with are in a variety of settings providing varied and exciting training opportunities. We provide high-quality training, mentoring and coaching in a supportive and caring environment. The teachers in our alliance are outstanding practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills who are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. Our Partnership is aspirational and aims to support and train outstanding teachers of the future, with a real focus on the quality of teaching and learning. Working closely with the National College for Teaching and Learning we are up to date, lead, share and research that which shapes and develops the future of education. Our investment in training teachers extends beyond Initial Teacher Training as many of our trainees continue to complete our ECT Programme with Leeds Trinity. Not only that, we are committed to the continued professional development of teachers into middle leadership and beyond.

Interview process

The selection process is led by Senior Leaders across our partnership with a real investment and focus on ‘growing our own’ teachers of the future.

If you are called to interview you will be asked to plan and deliver a short teaching task to the age phase you have applied to.

You will also complete a 20 minute interview process assessing your understanding of the Primary Curriculum and working with children.

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

BWCAT PDP in partnership with Leeds Trinity are committed to enabling you to achieve your full potential. We work to ensure that the educational opportunities we provide are inclusive for all students. We recognise the diversity of our population as a strength, and value the way that differences can contribute to a richer, creative and more productive environment.

We value the individual contribution of people irrespective of sex or gender, pregnancy/maternity, transgender status, marital/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief.

Our Training Program environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all students are recognised and valued. We create a learning environment for every trainee that promotes dignity and respect to all and welcome applicants from all backgrounds and needs.

Contact this training provider

0113 2584593
St Mary's Teaching School
Broadgate Lane
LS18 5AB

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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