St Anthony’s Primary Learning Partnership Primary (3-7) (2NZ4)

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

The School Direct course is a thorough and effective way of training ‘on the job’, with less time spent in University and more time in the actual classroom. Trainees are able to benefit from this extra time by absorbing more of the excellent teaching practices around them, as well as being accepted as a member of the teaching staff in a quicker time.

Similar to the traditional University-led Primary PGCE, the School Direct course enables its trainees to gain a QTS or ‘qualified teaching status’. The Primary (3-7) course aims to give participants experience of the full range of ages between 3 and 7 in two contrasting school experiences. Trainees observe and eventually teach (after a comfortable lead-up) in their different schools. Trainees also benefit from a Continuing Personal Development day, which shows them how to effectively teach the full range of subjects, which may be new to many following a subject-specific degree. In addition, academic tutoring will take place twice a week at Trinity University during the first part of the course, where trainees will be taught the academic requirements of the course.

At the end of the course, St Anthony’s will help its trainees find employment as Early Career Teachers. With a wide range of partnership schools both with and without a Catholic focus, we feel confident we can provide assistance with this important first step. Indeed, in the years since we have been leading our own School Direct programme, all our trainees have found full-time employment in teaching, meaning we currently hold a 100 % employment rate.

School placements

All our School Direct Trainees are given the opportunity to train in two contrasting schools, which will be chosen with the trainee’s personality, experience, and location in mind.

St Anthony’s draws upon the talents and facilities of a range of good to outstanding partner schools in nearby localities. Most of our training partnership schools have a strong Catholic ethos, but we do also have schools from the Church of England among our training providers.

All schools are situated within the West Yorkshire region, being located in Leeds, Wetherby, and Wakefield. All trainees should be able to reach their placement school comfortably and in good time, and therefore the trainee’s location is taken into consideration before allotting schools.

Full-time school placements begin in October, but trainees will be in a school two days a week from the start of the course in September. The first stage school, or ‘host school’ will give the trainee time to observe and gather evidence of effective teaching and classroom management, before allowing them when they feel ready, to teach their first core subject lessons.

The second stage placement commences in the first week of January, and allows the trainee to move to a new school, known as the ‘home school’. The home school will also be used for their third placement when the trainee moves to their preferred year group. During their time at their home school, the trainee will teach more regularly, eventually taking charge of the class for a high proportion of their time in school.

During school placement, trainees will also receive CPD training in a variety of other schools within our alliance, which will build up their range of subject knowledge.

All placements are carefully chosen to suit the trainee and all experience offered will be according to the personal requirements of the trainee. Our course is a ‘bespoke’ training scheme with everything tailored to the individual trainee who is at the heart of our School Direct programme.

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.

If a candidate requires an equivalency test, they can apply to take one in their chosen subject through Leeds Trinity University. The teaching and testing will take place online utilising the services of an outside agency. Trainees already possessing an equivalency test in a core subject will be considered subject to Leeds Trinity approval.

Personal qualities

When looking for trainees and staff, we always hope to attract the brightest and the best that the profession has to offer.

We require well-organised trainees with a passion for teaching, with a drive and determination to achieve their very best. In addition, our trainees should have the stamina, positive outlook and ambition to carry them through a tough but ultimately rewarding year. When selecting trainees, we always favour quality over quantity, and so if you are chosen to train with St Anthony’s, you can be assured that you have the potential to become a great teacher.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will be subject to the usual checks. All trainees should be able to produce evidence of all their qualifications. In addition, all trainees will have to pass a DBS check. If DBS checks have already been made at another institution, a fresh DBS will usually be required by our Academic partner, Leeds Trinity University.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

For the most up-to-date information on what financial support you may be eligible for, including bursaries and scholarships, visit [Leeds Trinity]


For information on what financial support may be eligible for international applicants, visit [Leeds Trinity]


About the training provider

The St Anthony’s Primary Learning Partnership provides an outstanding Catholic education for children from the four compass points of the city of Leeds and its neighbouring areas. The partnership contains schools with a high percentage of EAL (English as an additional language) children, and high pupil premium cohorts, alongside contrasting catchments with a high percentage of gifted and talented pupils. This in itself provides the opportunity to train in a diverse range of high-achieving schools, three of which are currently graded outstanding, with several others displaying outstanding features; all the rest being termed ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The Partnership has worked effectively in partnership with Leeds Trinity University for many years, providing outstanding training opportunities for teaching at primary level. The lead school has also previously been a partnership school for School Direct with another outstanding school in the city.

We provide high-quality training, mentoring, and coaching, in a supportive and caring environment (trainee feedback tells us so). And since training began, all our graduates have achieved 100% employment. Our Teaching School Alliance is aspirational and aims to support and train outstanding teachers of the future.

Working closely with the National College for Teaching and Leadership we lead and share research that shapes and develops the future of education. Our investment in training teachers extends beyond Initial Teacher Training, and many of our trainees go on to complete our NQT and RQT programmes, often progressing to our higher-level leadership training.

About the accredited body

“Leeds Trinity University gives you quality assurance as the leading regional provider in the country for teacher training.”

Leeds Trinity website

Leeds Trinity continues to support St Anthony’s in delivering outstanding Teacher Training Provision. For the School Direct course, Leeds Trinity will be delivering the academic components whilst at the same time ensuring that the quality of in-school provision is assured, meeting the high levels of practical and academic attainment that the university upholds.

Interview process

If an application is successful the applicant will be invited to attend an individual interview. A formal invitation will be sent by Leeds Trinity, but St Anthony’s will also send details of the interview by email.

Once an invitation to the individual interview has been received it is recommended that the applicant contact St Anthony’s as soon as possible to confirm their availability. If an applicant is unable to make an interview or has decided not to pursue their application they must also inform the school as soon as possible.

The interview will be held at St Anthony’s and will take place on a single afternoon or morning. The interview is divided into two stages. The first involves a short, 15-minute teaching task delivered to a small group of age-appropriate children. The task is then assessed, and those who successfully delivered the short lesson will be invited to attend the next part of the interview.

The second stage involves applicants attending a panel interview. The panel will usually consist of two or three members of staff from St Anthony’s or one of its partner schools.

Once all second-stage interviews have been completed, a decision will be made by the panel based on the outcome of both stages. Where possible, all outcomes will be shared on the day of the interview, either in person or via telephone.

All Interview information, including details of the teaching task and group composition, will be sent to applicants in advance.

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

As we are in partnership with Leeds Trinity, we are able to offer all our Trainees extra academic and pastoral support. In addition, to help with diverse skills such as essay-writing or Maths and English training, St Anthony’s trainees are able to use Trinity’s Student Support Services to access support for a range of disabilities:

  • dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • visual and hearing impairments
  • physical or mobility difficulties
  • mental health concerns​

All our Partnership schools along with the Trinity campus are accessible for those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.

The Trinity Support Services are available during office hours, for one-on-one advice and support. Before joining a course they would very much welcome a discussion to decide how best to serve individual needs. They can be contacted using the following details: ​​ +44 (0) 113 283 7138 or (

Contact this training provider

0113 277 6944
Barkly Road
West Yorkshire
LS11 7JS

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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