Mills Hill Primary School [Schools with Schools Teaching School Alliance]
Primary (2GPB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Beckett 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Early Years & KS1 [3-7]

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” [Nelson Mandela]

Train to be a primary teacher and embark on a career in schools teaching children between three and seven, in Key Stage 1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum to ensure your teaching fulfils the requirements set out by the Government. With an emphasis on mathematics, English and Science at both Key Stages, you will embrace areas of learning and principles of best practice in early primary education across all subjects.

You will put your theoretical knowledge into practice. As part of your training, you will complete three teaching placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, developing your teaching skills across different age ranges and helping to prepare you for future employment. Throughout these placements you will gain the specialist knowledge and teaching skills required to meet the needs of pupils in the three to seven age range.

You will develop children’s abilities through playful learning and creative teaching, and you will reflect on how your teaching methods and the opportunities and environments you create can influence outcomes. Your training will include a focus on outdoor play and learning. You will have the opportunity to attend a forest school workshop using our outdoor classroom, where you will learn different techniques to bring learning to life and spark your pupils’ imaginations.

As a primary school teacher, you will work closely with teaching assistants, parents and complex teaching teams to deliver a range of activities. We will give you the skills and confidence to manage these relationships to ensure you can deliver an outstanding learning experience for your class.

One of your most important tools as a teacher will be your voice. You will learn how to use it effectively when addressing large groups of children and how to look after it. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and qualifies you to teach in the primary (3-11) sector.

For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

Interview process

We are keen to identify candidates with clear potential to become excellent teachers of the future. Mills Hill Primary School - Schools with Schools Teaching School Alliance operates a simple interview process. Candidates who meet our entry requirements will be invited to Mills Hill for a morning of activities. As part of the selection process, candidates will:

  • deliver a short teaching session to around 15 children. This will last around 20 minutes and will be based around a book or story. It will be observed by a member of school staff.
  • Complete a short maths test with a few number problems.
  • Do a spelling test containing key words that year 6 children are expected to know.
  • Write a brief passage on a given topic.
  • Experience an interview with a couple of members of staff. Candidates are also asked to bring with them a small item/artefact to demonstrate why they want to become a teacher. Decisions are based on the whole process and difficulties with one of the activities will not automatically result in an unacceptable outcome.

How school placements work

You will complete placements in two of our partner schools, which are all within 15 minutes drive of each other. Each school has an experienced mentor and your development will be overseen by the assistant head of Mills Hill. Our main partner schools are:

  • Yew Tree
  • Mather Street
  • Burnley Brow
  • St Hilda’s There are 3 placements in total in two contrasting schools. The main placement school experience is in the Autumn term and later in the year in the Summer term while the second placement school experience occurs in a contrasting school in the Spring term. Additionally, we provide additional experience in Kingfisher Special School and a nearby secondary school. The percentage of time spent teaching gradually increases throughout the year. Initially, this may take the form of small group teaching moving to ultimately being responsible for a class of learners. Exact timings vary from year to year but on average, you will spend Thursday and Fridays until October half term at Leeds Beckett, Fridays until Christmas in Leeds and pretty much the rest of the time in one of your allocated schools. Previous cohorts have made arrangements to car-share or travel together for the sessions based in Leeds. This time spent in schools fully prepares you for the start of your career in September ’20. You will be immersed in the daily life of a school and expected to participate in routine school events such as staff meetings and inset sessions.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider



Applicants should have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or a 2:2 honours degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting relevant to Primary education.   All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.

Personal qualities

We firmly believe in delivering the best possible outcomes for our children and we are privileged to work with the next generation of teachers in order to shape both the learning and teaching of the future.

You will have a commitment to our children and have had some experience of working with children in schools or similar settings. A positive attitude to lifelong learning and the academic ability to sustain their study are both essential. Teaching requires commitment, hard work and dedication but, as a reward for these efforts, brings great personal satisfaction in a job well done.

Other requirements

We usually require evidence of experience working with children of different ages within the 5-11 age-range. Preferably this would be across KS1 and KS2 in a UK Primary School / setting and would equate to about 10-15 days in total. In addition, we value experience of working with children in contexts other than school and will take these into consideration.  

About the training provider

To educate children is to take responsibility for shaping our future society. The children we teach today will become the adults who determine how our country develops and grows in the future. We have one chance to get this right. This is why being a teacher is the most amazing job in the world with incredible highs and the occasional low. In partnership with Leeds Beckett University we provide school direct placements across a small local cluster of schools in Oldham. We part of an Alliance with Kingfisher Special School. Both Mills Hill and Kingfisher are National Teaching Schools and are currently judged to be outstanding. We also work closely with Burnley Brow, Yew Tree, Mather Street and St Hilda’s primary schools. Our alliance has been heavily involved in initial teacher training for over 5 years and is currently leading provision for 10 trainee teachers across 5 Schools. Since 2012, we have worked with cohorts of around 16 and we have an excellent record in recruiting “our” trainees to our immediate cluster and to schools in the local area. Close to 95% of our trainees have secured jobs within teaching. Mills Hill currently employs 7 graduates of our training programme. All schools within the alliance have experienced senior leaders as mentors. They have a friendly and approachable attitude towards training and supporting trainees. The alliance offers enhanced training days to support professional development and all students within the cluster train together for the school based training.

About the accredited body

Here at Leeds Beckett, we are a modern professional university with ambition.

Based in the vibrant city of Leeds, the biggest financial district outside of London, our vision is to be acknowledged for our commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact.

Our aspiration is to help create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders and we work closely with employers and partners to ensure that our graduates are ready for work, ready for life, and ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Direct access to a highly trained senior member of staff enables concerns around disabilities and other needs to be readily addressed. Pastoral support on the programme is delivered initially through a school based mentor but also through the programme leads who are based at Mills Hill, Mr Norman, deputy head & Mrs Ivell, assistant head.

Contact details

Mills Hill Primary School, Baytree Avenue
Greater Manchester


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