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North Star Primary (5-11) (2PD2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Red Kite Teacher Training
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
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Primary 5-11 course provides a broad range of teaching experience across Key Stages 1 and 2. As with the 3-7 and 7-11 courses, you’ll develop the skills to teach any Primary age group once you’re qualified, but this course will give you the opportunity to experience teaching within the different Key Stages during your placements.

In the Primary year groups, creativity is at the heart of our teaching, both in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, and across the full breadth of National Curriculum Primary subjects.

You’ll enjoy working with many inspirational teachers from across the partnership, showing you how they continuously strive to improve practice in the classroom, and enable progression across the full range of Primary year groups. You’ll also develop inspirational and innovative techniques to enthuse and engage young people.

Thanks to our partnership with Red Kite Teacher Training, our trainees can also enjoy the benefits of the placements our partner schools can offer across the region.

School placements

We have a big partnership of schools, meaning our trainees have flexibility when it comes to placements. Thanks to our partnership with Red Kite Teacher Training, and our new ‘Train Where You Live’ concept, our trainees can also benefit from the placements our partners can offer, which can vary from rural settings to the buzz of the city.

When allocating main placements, we consider trainee preferences, transport and location. Our dedicated team work hard to organise placements early, giving you as much time as possible to make arrangements.

All trainees undertake two main placements. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until December. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from January until late June.

Trainees will also take part in mini placements across the year, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Aspin Park Academy
Wetherby Road, Knaresborough, YO17 6TG
Carlton Miniott Primary Academy
Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4NJ
Keeble Gateway Academy
Topcliffe Road, Thirsk, YO7 1TS
Kirkbymoorside CP School
Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, YO63 6AG
Knayton C of E Academy
Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN
Meadowside Academy, Knaresborough
Meadowside Academy, Halfpenny Lane, Knaresborough, HG5 0SL
Rothwell Primary School
Carlton Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0DJ
Sowerby Primary Academy
Topcliffe Road, Thirsk, YO7 1RX
St Peter’s Brafferton C of E Primary School
Brafferton, Helperby, YO61 2PA
Staveley Community Primary School
Staveley, Knaresborough, HG5 9LQ
Thorner Church of England Academy
Thorner, Leeds, LS14 3JD
Topcliffe C of E Academy
Topcliffe, Thirsk, YO7 3RG

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).

All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O’level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths, English and Science.

  • or international equivalent

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
  • Independent, resilient and adaptable
  • Friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
  • Enthusiastic about their subject and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
  • Reflective and strive to improve their own practice
  • High standards of spoken and written English
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude
  • Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is not essential, however, it will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange experience within a school.

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination conducted by our preferred supplier.

Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.

Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will have these checks conducted at our expense.

Fees and financial support

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

We are unable to sponsor Tier 2 visas.

Financial support from the training provider

Many Trainees apply for student finance in order to pay their fees with a Tuition Fee Loan and have access to Maintenance Loan. Additional financial support may be available if you’re a parent or have a disability.

We offer a monthly payment schedule for those planning to self-finance.

About the training provider

North Star’s partnership with Red Kite Teacher Training means that wherever you train across the region, you’ll be part of the same high-class teacher training programme. Together, we’re offering a ‘Train Where You Live’ concept, aimed at bringing teacher training to you. You’ll also benefit from a unique PGCE, delivered by the University of Leeds.

Some of the key advantages of training to teach with North Star include:

  • Our fantastic local reputation. Many trainees come to us through recommendations from teachers who trained with us and now work in our schools.
  • We have a brilliant team of school-based mentors who love working with trainees. Many of our mentors are former North Star trainees themselves so they really know how to guide you!
  • Our school-led programme – you’ll be learning from passionate, highly skilled teachers in a real classroom.
  • Our local model. You can choose a training venue near where you live and we will carefully place you in schools to match your needs and interests, including travelling time.
  • We work directly with over 30 primary schools across North Yorkshire, offering an impressive breadth of experience, from large town schools to tiny village primaries, faith, community and forces schools.
  • We support entrants to the profession through every stage in their career – from NQT to Headship. Your teacher-training year is just the first step in your career.
  • We foster collaboration and support; we want every trainee to get everything they need to succeed.

Interview process

For the foreseeable future, interviews will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. Interviews are conducted by representatives from our partnership schools.

Preparation for the interview will include planning for a pupil activity.

You will be given the opportunity to meet current trainees and course leaders.

When it is possible to access schools freely, we shall ask that you conduct a pupil activity and complete a written English test.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in our admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in our provision of trainee services.

If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.

Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.

Contact this training provider

01423 226389
Meadowside Academy
Halfpenny lane
North Yorkshire

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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