Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

North Star Primary (5-11) Part time (Q327)

PGCE with QTS part 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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

As a primary teacher, you will prepare children for life – academically and emotionally. You’ll encourage them to be curious about the world around them, inspiring a love of learning and empowering them to reach their full potential.

Our new Part-Time Primary course is a flexible, two-year training programme designed especially for people who are passionate about teacging in this age range but who may have family commitments or need to work while training.

Altogether, over the two years, you will have more than 120 days in school for each option, ensuring that by the time you reach the end of the course, you’ll be a comfortable and confident classroom practitioner.

In addition to the days in school, you will have eight days of input over the two years with the University of Leeds as part of Red Kite’s exclusive partnership with them. This will be completed through blended online tutorials, remote learning and face-to-face lectures.

There are four PGCE academic modules across the two years and you will gain 60 masters credits – two assignments in Year 1 (30 credits) and two assignments in Year 2 (30 credits).

Professional learning days are included in the training days, although there may be an occasional requirement to attend an event such as an employment conference with peers across all programmes. There are a number of training venues spread right across the region to make this as convenient as possible.

Our hybrid approach to learning combines traditional classroom experiences and digital course delivery, ensuring that you:

  • Can manage your time to meet course deadlines.
  • Get the flexibility of online learning with the stability of in-class instruction.
  • Save time travelling to training venues.
  • Benefit from a personalised training programme designed to fit around the demands of their everyday life.

You will follow a carefully designed plan to support your learning. The course is structured to make sure that you take on classroom responsibility in a systematic manner, building your confidence, pedagogy and subject knowledge.

A detailed calendar and handbook provide you with all the information that you will need to plan ahead. Over the two years, you will have taught in at least two schools and in two key stages. We recommend that you stay in one school for each year of the programme.

School placements

We have a big partnership of schools, meaning our trainees have flexibility when it comes to placements. 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 across the course duration. The placements will be in contrasting school environments.

Trainees will also take part in mini placements, 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
Cawood C of E Primary School
Broad Lane , Selby, YO8 3SQ
Fairburn Community Primary School
Fairburn, West Yorkshire, WF11 9JY
Great Ouseburn CP School
Main Street , York, YO26 9RG
Keeble Gateway Academy
Topcliffe Road, Thirsk, YO7 1TS
Kirk Hammerton C of E Primary School
St John’s Grove, Kirk Hammerton, North Yorkshire, YO26 8DE
Kirkbymoorside CP School
Westfields, North Yorkshire, YO63 6AG
Knaresborough St John’s C of E Primary School
Stockwell Road, Knaresborough, HG5 0JN
Knayton C of E Academy
Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN
Marton-cum-Grafton C of E Primary School
Marton-cum-Grafton, Boroughbridge, YO51 9QB
Meadowside Academy, Knaresborough
Meadowside Academy, Halfpenny Lane, Knaresborough, HG5 0SL
Rothwell Primary School
Carlton Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0DJ
Roundhay St John CofE Primary School
North Lane, Leeds, LS8 2QJ
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

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

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in science.

We accept equivalency tests for science. Please contact us directly to discuss this.

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 2022 to 2023 are £11,000.

Trainees are responsible for their own travel costs.

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 Alliance supports schools across North Yorkshire and beyond in school improvement projects and professional development programmes.

Our motivation for running the programme is to supply all of the schools in our alliance with ‘home grown’ skilled teachers - we are invested in making you the best teacher you can be.

We have a track record of supporting trainees through all the challenges of undertaking the programme. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness to any obstacles you might meet along the way.

Because our programme is school-based, it attracts trainees of all ages and from all different backgrounds.

North Star Alliance supports entrants to the profession though every stage in their career - from NQT to Headship.

We are committed to delivering a programme of the highest quality, with training from outstanding SLEs, LLEs and school leaders tailored to the needs of our trainees.

Interview process

Interviews will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. Interviews are conducted by representatives from Red Kite Teacher Training and partnership schools.

Preparation for the interview will include to plan for a pupil activity.

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

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 believe the teachers we train are important role models – both in their schools and in the wider community – and that they should reflect the diversity around them and help create a culture that promotes and celebrates inclusion in all its forms.

In response to this, we have built up a network of ‘Diversity Champions’, whose role it is to promote conscious inclusion and ensure that every one of our trainees, whatever their personal circumstances, feel welcomed, supported and valued.

Over years we have worked with a number of individual trainees to tackle specific barriers they have faced, including:

  • Working with a trainee with mobility issues to ensure their placement schools were able to arrange accessible parking, ground floor classrooms, bespoke pupil seating plans and a timetable that allowed them sufficient time to reach other areas of the school if required.
  • Supporting trainees with autism to clarify expectations with their schools and oversee any necessary modifications to classroom layouts, lighting and sounds.
  • Making course adjustments for trainees with dyslexia, such as sending PowerPoint presentations in advance of the training and working with them to develop strategies to help turn any particular perceived weaknesses such as spelling and short-term memory into a strength.
  • Ensuring that all trainees learn about adult mental health awareness as part of their course.

Our commitment to diversity in all its forms is evidenced by the fact that 15% of our trainees report having some form of disability.

Contact this training provider

01423 226389
Inspiration Way
Topcliffe Road
North Yorkshire

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022