Skipton Girls’ High School Primary (38FF)

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

Accredited body
Northern Lights SCITT
Financial support

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
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

A requirement of ‘Salaried Route’ is applicants have in place the support of a school willing to support their training and pay a salary on the Unsalaried Teachers’ Pay Spine ( salary negotiated with the sponsoring school).

The full time programme runs from September until the end of June, split into three Stages over the year increasing amount of teaching commitment, building from 30% in Stage 1 to 75% by the end of Stage 3. In Stage 3, you will have the opportunity to experience being part of a very different setting, for example a Special School or Pupil Referral Unit. This range of experiences to draw from will give you a sound springboard as you transition into employment.

Your teaching placement in school will start from the second week of the course; you will be an integral part of your school’s team from Monday to Thursday every week. Your Mentor will be your cheerleader, supporting and guiding you to reflect, learn and improve. In addition to their ongoing support, they will meet with you formally once a week to discuss your wellbeing, your achievements that week and review your progress against agreed targets.

Fridays are spent with our team of expert Leads. They will enable you to develop and contextualise your subject knowledge and application. Our professional learning programme is designed to respond to every trainee’s individual professional development needs. Underpinned by the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework, you will have a sound, applied understanding of the ‘Learn that’ and ‘Learn how’ statements as well as key national priorities. This will enable you to make a smooth transition into the Early Career Framework in your first year of teaching.

This is what our current trainees have to say about Northern Lights:

‘My favourite thing about the Northern Lights SCITT is by far the level of support they have put in place for trainees. Even in the busiest of weeks, time is taken to check in with each and every student’

‘The professional learning aspect of the course fits seamlessly with what we are putting into practice on placement, Northern Lights and my placement school have been immensely supportive and welcoming’

‘Starting my PGCE and choosing Northern Lights to guide me through the year was the best decision I could have made. The team are unbelievably supportive!’

‘The most amazing placements offering great learning experiences and the best support’

School placements

The programme includes two main teaching placements in partner schools which offer contrasting experiences of working with children of all abilities. These two main placements will each cover half of the chosen age range. In addition to the main placements, School Direct trainees will have access to a breadth and diversity of educational settings participating in several training days based in various schools across the Alliance.

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.

Personal qualities

We are seeking to recruit future trainees with the ability and ambition to become highly skilled specialists in Primary or Foundation Stage education. They will have a passion for teaching and for working with the diverse groups of children in schools across the Alliance. Knowledge/Experience We expect trainees to have an understanding of the key issues relating to teaching and learning in Primary education and to be able to reflect on their period of observation within their personal statement.

Other requirements

You must have secured a sponsoring school.


A requirement of our ‘Salaried Route’, is that applicants have the support of a school who will both support their training and be willing to pay a salary on the Unsalaried Teachers’ Pay Spine. The exact salary would be in negotiation with the sponsoring school.

This route is aimed at those already working in schools (for example a Teaching Assistant) and applicants who have the full support of their school.

The course fees are covered by the DFE, so there is no cost to the applicant.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Northern Lights SCITT shapes committed, creative and passionate individuals into responsive, inspirational and highly skilled teachers. Together, we transform the lives of young people.

Northern Lights has designed an exciting programme, throughout which trainees benefit from the very best “hands on” training and high quality professional development delivered by experienced members of staff from our Alliance schools. The SCITT is led by an outstanding school at the forefront of teaching and learning, Skipton Girls’ High School, at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and the other. Partner schools in rural North Yorkshire, Lancashire, the spa town of Harrogate, and the vibrant city of Bradford are subject hubs and offer teaching placements.
To develop their subject and curriculum knowledge, trainees will work in subject specific groups coming together periodically at Skipton Girls’ High School for the professional studies programme. These sessions will offer relevant, practical and up to date guidance for the classroom, whilst encouraging trainees to become reflective practitioners committed to improving teaching and learning in our schools. Trainees who successfully complete the course will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. As an integral part of the course, trainees will study Masters’ level modules which will lead to a PGCE and can be used as 60 credits towards an MA from Leeds Trinity University. The Northern Lights ethos of reflective and collaborative professional development will seek to support our newly qualified teachers as they build their careers and move into leadership roles

Interview process

Senior staff from partnership schools will be involved in the selection process. Interviews will be based in a school within the Alliance and will consist of a number of different elements. These will include working with a teacher and students in a classroom, a group discussion, a written task and a formal interview. Through this process we assess applicants’ knowledge of the teaching profession and their communication skills. During COVID we will make any necessary changes to this process to ensure candidates’ safety.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

Northern Lights SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief or socio-economic class.

Contact this training provider

Skipton Girls' High School
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1QL

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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