Penistone Area Partnership Mathematics (2X82)

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

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

During the study of the course you will follow a programme of professional development to enhance your teaching pedagogy, alongside placements within your partnership’s schools. During your placement you will have the opportunity to observe and teach over various key stages, in a variation of schools. You will attend Sheffield Hallam University during professional development days, where you will benefit from high quality sessions from research informed practise, who will also provide assignment and teaching support, with the lead school in the partnership providing bespoke training to meet your needs and develop your teaching pedagogy. Every trainee must also undertake a short primary placement as part of their professional development during term, alongside observing SEND and EAL students. This will be undertaken at one of the partnership primary schools. To support trainees knowledge development, it may be possible to undertake an SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) which will be delivered by an outstanding practioner from across the partnership. During the year trainees will complete professional assignments, which are worth 30 master’s credits, gaining 60 in total. Upon completion of the course you will be awarded either QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) or QTS with PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), both allow you to continue into the teaching profession. As part of ongoing support, each trainee will benefit from a school-based mentor, academic tutor, and a university link who are all experienced, helpful and approachable.

School placements

Each trainee undertakes 2 placements over 3 key stages (11-16 with additional post 16) and a primary placement during the year.

  • Placement 1: Host school 1 (Term 1 & 2)
  • Placement 2: Host School 2 (Term 3)
  • Placement 3: Host School 1 (Term 4-6)

The partner schools include;

  • Penistone Grammar School
  • Kettlethorpe High School
  • Holmfirth High School
  • Honley High School
  • Colne Valley High School
  • Mirfield Free Grammar School
  • Spen Valley High

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Do you have an engaging personality? High expectations? Good communication? Then you could be the future of the teaching profession here at the Penistone Area Partnership.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Penistone and Area Partnership is a fantastic place to work and learn. It provides a school-based learning opportunity in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. This is an inspirational partnership of 12 primary schools and 5 secondary schools, many of which have achieved Good or better Ofsted ratings. In 2018 PGS achieved their best results with 81% of students achieving a grade 4 or above in English and Maths, with 62% grade 5 or above. In Science, 86% of students achieved 2 passes at grade 4 or above and 33% achieving grade 7 or above in both, placing PGS in the top 20% of schools nationally. The success continued in A Level with 47% of students achieving A*/A, an ALPs score of 2, putting PGS in the top 5% of providers in the country. 2019 saw the school continue with string progress with Post-16 placing top 10% in the country.

The vision, shared by all the schools, is straightforward but powerful – ‘the highest standards of education and care for all’. We try to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers feel valued and supported. The schools in the partnership have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community. A School Direct placement with us will provide an excellent experience, fully equipping you to excel in your ECF and beyond.

Interview process

Once your application has been submitted and reviewed, the candidate will be invited to attend an interview at Penistone Grammar School. As part of the interview process the candidate will be interviewed by the School Direct Lead alongside the Curriculum Strategic Leader for the chosen subject. It may also be possible a member of Sheffield Hallam University will attend the interview. The interview will consist of;

  • formal interview
  • class based observation
  • planning task
  • mini exam assessment
  • literacy and numeracy task

If the candidate is successful, you will be offered a conditional or unconditional offer.

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 consider applications from everyone, if you wish to discuss your application further please don’t hesitate to contact the partnership.

Contact this training provider

01226 762114
Huddersfield Road
South Yorkshire
S36 7BX

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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