Pathfinder Teaching School Hub Primary 5-11 (2FG7)

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

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This School Direct route is provided by Pathfinder Teaching School Hub and Sheffield Hallam University, working closely with Ebor Academy Trust.

Our primary 5-11 Initial Teacher Training is a full-time course that takes one school year to complete, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

We firmly believe that the in-school training delivered by our fantastic partnership of schools across Pathfinder MAT and key TSH partner Ebor Academy Trust, combined with the academic rigour encouraged and delivered by SHU, provides a great formula for training outstanding teachers for the future.

Partnering with Sheffield Hallam, a provider with which we have such a rich and developed relationship, has allowed us to create a truly engaging and worthwhile programme, which draws on the expertise of specialist university staff.

All sessions are led by outstanding educational practitioners and experienced teachers from Pathfinder schools and other external teaching and learning experts from our hub partner Ebor Academy Trust.

You will undertake Masters level academic training and assessments, and take part in lectures, seminars and workshops on professional learning, educational theory, teaching approaches, behaviour management, Special Educational Needs, and curriculum subjects.

You will have the opportunity to learn about child development and be able to draw on quality educational research, as you reflect on how this informs classroom practice. You will learn techniques and approaches to try in the classroom in order to help you progress in your teaching career. The training we provide is rooted in research-led practice and practical experiences, offering you the opportunity to learn from the best, reflect on how theory and classroom life are linked, and to become the teacher you want to be through a personalised programme of support.

This combination of an academically strong research-led focus alongside rich and reflective practical experiences are why Pathfinder trainees are so highly regarded within the region, securing posts in York and beyond. Our excellent retention and employment rates demonstrate how effective our programme is in developing and mentoring the next generation of successful teachers.

Our teaching school is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York, an outstanding Church of England secondary school Academy, with excellent student outcomes.

School placements

The pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning, and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills. Over the course of the year trainees will gain experience in two contrasting schools.

We work closely with our key partner, Ebor Academy Trust, who support us in the delivery of our Primary ITT courses. Many of our course facilitators and leaders have extensive knowledge and experience of teaching and supporting young people. A further benefit of our course is that you have the option of working in any of the Pathfinder and Ebor schools, which are located across a wide geographical area covering York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. This enables us to offer a variety of placement contexts and provide a truly broad teacher training experience.

University tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences, to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading.

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • The ability to be reflective
  • Interact well with children
  • To demonstrate resilience
  • Good written communication skills
  • Committed to the well-being and development of children

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Good subject knowledge in the area they wish to teach
  • An understanding of how children learn
  • Familiarity with issues in education

Other requirements

In addition to the academic entry requirements, all PGCE candidates will be required to:

  • Obtain an enhanced DBS check (plus overseas police checks for any countries where 12 months or more have been spent in the last ten years)
  • complete an occupational health check

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Pathfinder Teaching School Hub is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York which is an Ofsted Outstanding (2021) school with a proven track record as being one of the highest performing schools in the North of England. Our Teaching School Hub works with a range of schools in York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding and Leeds. Our aim is to provide the highest quality initial teacher training programme possible. We have over 20 years’ experience of training teachers and pride ourselves on our innovative and forward thinking programme. We have outstanding outcomes and believe we prepare our trainees for the demand and rigour of the teaching profession.

Our mentors are extremely experienced and will ensure you receive the appropriate support and guidance to become a successful teacher. At Archbishop Holgate’s School we have a specialist Teaching and Learning Team who will be on hand to offer additional support and advice should you need it.

We pride ourselves on the Values, Care and Achievement which we provide for both our staff and students and hope you will consider training with us. Visits to the teaching school or inquiries are warmly welcomed.

About the accredited body

Sheffield Hallam University are one of our two accredited ITT partners. They support us in the design and delivery of our ITT course for a selection of the secondary subjects that we offer. You will receive 50% of your out of placement training from the University and 50% from Pathfinder Teaching School Hub. Both Sheffield Hallam University and The University of York hold an excellent reputation for ITT and a strong track-record of evidence-informed practice.

Interview process

Candidates who are invited to interview will be expected to undertake a teaching activity as well as a formal interview and other tasks related to teaching in their specific subject. Interviews will take place at one of our placement schools. Prior notification of interview tasks will be provided to candidates in advance of the interview date.

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

Contact this training provider

01904 806900
Archbishop Holgate's School
Hull Road
North Yorkshire
YO10 5ZA

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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