Green Light Alliance
Primary (2G47)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary school setting. Our courses are designed to prepare you to teach pupils either in the 3-7 age range or in the 5-11 age range.

Please specify on your application the age range you wish to teach (3-7 or 5-11).

A significant amount of your learning and training will take place within our Alliance schools. The Course starts early September and will finish the following July. You will complete a minimum of 120 days in school. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the PGCE Primary (with QTS). This comprises of 120 credits, 90 of which are at Masters Level.

At the GLA, we try to contrast placements as much as possible, providing the trainee with a breadth of experience which will make them employable in the future.

You will be gradually introduced to teaching through observations, training, assessments and marked assignments. Throughout the course you will be supported by teachers, senior leaders and trained mentors. You will be provided with the opportunity to immerse yourself fully in school life.

We believe that a GLA school direct trainee is provided with a realistic teacher training experience and we have no doubt you will build a network of contacts within the teaching profession. Many of our former trainees have secured employment within our Alliance schools and continue to train with the GLA in their NQT year and beyond.

We are confident our GLA trainees are very well supported during their training year. School leaders have a firm commitment to ensuring that all of our trainees complete their studies with the essential skills and knowledge to prepare them for a rewarding career in the teaching profession.

Interview process

Applications are received on our behalf by the University of Huddersfield (UoH) via UCAS. We work closely together to ensure all applicants meet the academic requirements of the course. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview at one of the GLA schools. You will be provided with details of the interview process once selected. Under normal circumstances, the interviews comprise of:

  • An observed Mini Teach with a small group of children

  • Formal Interview with Teachers & Representatives from the UoH

  • Written Task, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Test and an Arithmetic Test.

  • PLEASE NOTE Due to current COVID restrictions interviews may need to be virtual via Microsoft Teams.

How school placements work

For all trainees, their school based training is the central element of their initial teacher education. You will undertake at least two compulsory placements as part of your course and will spend a minimum of 120 days in at least two schools.

You will experience the wider role of a teacher in primary education. Support will be provided by mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.

Wherever possible we try and consider trainees preferences over schools, but this is not always feasible. We do consider travelling distances, but trainees must demonstrate some flexibility over school placements.

At each placement school you will have a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor (usually outside of your subject area) All mentors are experienced members of staff and receive regular specialised training from the University of Huddersfield and GLA. Trainees have regular opportunities to network with other trainees both in placement schools and across the Alliance through training and CPD.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

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.



Academic requirements:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above, in a National Curriculum subject or area relevant to childhood education)

  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above (grade C or above if the previous GCSE grading scheme) or a pass at grade 4 or above with

All academic requirements to be passed by 31/9/2020

  • Students starting their course after September 2020 no longer need to pass the teacher skills tests. Instead GLA are required to make an assessment of English and Maths knowledge and where necessary provide support to strengthen these skills throughout the training year

Personal qualities

You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.

All GLA primary schools have very high expectations of their Trainees. At interview we will be seeking to recruit individuals who are:

  • Professional and possess a clear understanding of the importance of primary teaching

  • Committed to delivering high quality teaching and learning

  • Resilient, inspiring and self-motivated individuals

  • Prepared to work hard to achieve the best outcomes for all children.

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. There is a charge (currently £44). You don’t need to do anything before you apply.

  • You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.

About the training provider

The Green Light Alliance (GLA) is a growing partnership of schools and institutions in West Yorkshire. Lead School is Shelley College (Secondary) and was designated a Teaching School in 2014. Our passion is to ensure the children and young people in all our schools achieve their personal best.

Most of our partners are judged to be at least “good” by OFSTED and many of these are ‘outstanding’. Our aim is to promote our strengths, and to enable schools in the local community and beyond to make significant improvements in the quality of their leadership, teaching, talent, staffing capacity and pupil progress.

Across our partner schools there are Subject Experts, Specialist Leaders of Education, Excellent Practitioners, trained Coaches and Mentors. We provide all our ITTs with high quality support throughout their training year.

Our Alliance schools encompass the full age range from 3 to 18. Trainees may be offered the opportunity to gain experience in post 16 education. GLA schools share skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve the learning and achievements of young people across the region and beyond.

At the GLA we encourage our trainees to develop their individual teaching style. We want to inspire those we work with; pupils, teachers and leaders to achieve their personal best. We are dedicated to the development of teachers throughout their career, from Initial Teacher Training within the GLA, through to leaders of schools. For further information visit our website:

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Training with disabilities and other needs

At the GLA we welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, recognising the valuable and important contribution individuals bring to school life. We will always seek to ensure individuals with disabilities and other needs are supported during their placement.

We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).

All our partner Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.

Contact details

01484 868762
Shelley College
Huddersfield Road
West Yorkshire


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Location Vacancies Code
Cleckheaton, Bradford
Heaton Avenue Primary, South Parade, Cleckheaton, BD19 3AE
Yes F
GLA Schools Kirklees
Huddersfield Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8NL
Yes 4

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