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STAR Alliance Primary (38R8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Hull
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

This one year PGCE course focuses on the 3-7 year age phase, covering the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum.

Most of your time is spent on block school placements supported by academic input from the University. We aim to advise you of your 2 school placements in July 2021, all our placement schools will be in or around Sherburn-in-Elmet, Tadcaster & Selby.

Our programme prepares you to confidently and effectively teach using a variety of strategies which can be applied in different types of schools, taking account of the stages of children’s development. The programme derives from close study of the child as a developing individual and interactive member of a group. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the classroom as a stimulating environment designed to accelerate learning and development.

You’ll learn through a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including lectures, tutorials, inquiry-based learning, practical workshops, group teaching.

Your studies will cover the following key areas, (with particular emphasis on the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science):

  • Curriculum pedagogy and learning in early years
  • English – looking at the various strategies which can be applied in different types of schools.
  • Mathematics – build personal confidence of own mathematical ability, alongside gaining knowledge and skills to teach mathematics effectively
  • Science – develop own knowledge and understanding of science, as well as the pedagogical skills best suited to facilitating children’s effective learning of science in the classroom
  • Foundation subjects – art, design and technology, geography, history, information and communication technology, music, physical education and religious education
  • Professional studies – an understanding of a wide range of general issues related to teaching; including safeguarding, child development, curriculum planning , teachers’ legal responsibilities, record planning; including an exploration of key professional aspects of early years practice such as behaviour management and observation and assessment techniques - learning how these can meet the diverse range of children’s needs.

Theory Assessment is based on a series of coursework assignments at Masters level. There are two subject-focused assignments, one for English and one for mathematics, and the third piece of work is related to themes presented in the professional studies course.

Additionally, assessment takes place in placement schools to support award of QTS. Your teaching ability will be assessed against achievement of the Teachers’ Standards and will be based on performance as a teacher in the classroom.

School placements

Trainees work in two different schools during the year; a main placement (MP) in Autumn & Summer term, and a contrasting placement (CP) in Spring. We aim to introduce you to both your placement schools in July 2022 - giving you plenty of time to plan ahead.

By working in partnership with about 20 primary schools in the STAR Alliance as well as other local schools, we offer experience in schools of different sizes and types. We try to take account of personal circumstances when organising placements, but the prime objective is providing a range of experiences, equipping you to teach competently in any type of school.

For each placement, you have a University School Direct tutor offering support and guidance, as well as a school mentor, to monitor and assist your development on a day-to-day basis. School Direct tutors and mentors work together closely to ensure the best possible outcomes for all trainees.

Autumn Term: Starts with a short induction period at your MP, followed by a block of taught provision at university. Thereafter, you are in your MP complementing your initial university-based sessions by providing opportunities to work with children and enabling you to meet with experienced teachers to explore a wide range of key issues. Gradually increasing responsibility for teaching groups or whole classes until the final few weeks of term which are 100% school based when you will teach the full class for at least 1 lesson a day,

Spring Term You will undertake a CP in with another age group of pupils. Your whole-class teaching load grows to 50% encompassing all primary curriculum subjects, with an emphasis on English and mathematics. In the latter weeks, you return to university for a block period of further workshops, lectures and tutorials.

Summer Term Back in your original MP, continuing to teach whole classes across a range of subjects, but with an increased teaching workload of 70-75%.

One final day at university to discuss your ECT Profile with personal supervisors, providing targets to take into first year of teaching as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Appleton Roebuck Primary School
Appleton Roebuck Primary School, York , North Yorkshire, YO23 7DQ
Athelstan Community Primary School
Milford Rd, , Leeds , Sherburn in Elmet, LEEDS, North Yorkshire, LS25 6QN
Carlton in Snaith Community Primary School
Town End Ave, Carlton, Goole, North Yorkshire, DN14 9NR
Kellington Primary School
11 Roall Ln, , Kellington, , Goole, North Yourkshire, DN14 0NY
Monk Fryston Church of England Primary
Chestnut Green, Monk Fryston, Leeds, North Yorkshire, , LS25 5PN
Sherburn Hungate Primary School
North Crescent, Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds, North Yorkshire, LS25 6DD
South Milford Primary
10 Sand Lane, South Milford, LEEDS, North Yorkshire, LS25 5AU
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Baffam Ln, , Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9AX
University of Hull
Cottingham Rd, , Hull, East Yorkshire, HU6 7RX

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Candidiates will need to complete equivalency tests approved by the University of Hull

Personal qualities

As an Alliance we look for the very best of candidates.

We look for a good reference and a strong commitment to EYFS/primary education:

  • An ability to motivate and inspire children of all abilities

  • Energy and enthusiasm

  • Effective interaction with children

  • An ability to work under pressure

  • Perseverance and flexibility

  • Oral and written communication skills

  • The ability to work co-operatively

  • An awareness of current educational issues

  • A broad subject-knowledge base

  • Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn

  • Awareness of what being a primary teacher entail.

Other requirements

It is preferential for candidates to have some experience of working or volunteering in primary schools, ranging from the equivalent of a couple of weeks spent getting to know about primary school life, to employment as a child support or teaching assistant. Ideally, you will provide evidence of experience in contrasting educational environments.

You will be subject to the relevant Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

You will need to demonstrate ‘physical and mental fitness’ to teach and provide evidence in both respects. At present, this means you need to complete a self-disclosure form if offered a place on the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,800

Please contact the Professional Education Team on 01482 465974/466933 for information on Fees for 2018/19

If you are an International student from a non-EU country you will be charged the standard overseas student fee.

Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit the following website for information.

About the training provider

STAR Teaching School Alliance’s aim is to raise outcomes for children whilst providing sustainability in our schools, all within a small geographic area based around Sherburn-in-Elmet and Tadcaster in North Yorkshire. We have a mix of partner schools that offer placements - large/small; faith/non-faith; Local Authority/Academy, so we aim to offer our trainees a breadth of experience to support them in future job applications.

Professional learning, including initial teacher training, is at the centre of all we do. Teacher training is recognised as a mutual learning experience and helps our schools to maintain energy, enthusiasm and innovation. We have a track record of effectively supporting trainee teachers, a number of whom continue to develop their careers in our schools.

As a STAR trainee, you will experience the full school year from start to end, gaining valuable first hand experience to prepare you for life as a teacher. The majority of your time will be in the classroom, working with a successful, highly skilled, but also caring and supportive team.

We are committed to delivering outstanding education and training that is both current and relevant, and providing excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding. We aspire to ensure trainees are equipped to be outstanding teachers and future leaders.

Interview process


Successful applicants should be prepared to spend the equivalent of a full day at one of the Alliance schools. The purpose of this is twofold:

  1.  Applicants are made aware on the nature and demands of the course. Each receives an outline of the current course, as well as a talk about the nature and demands of the course. Candidates also have the opportunity to ask questions of the tutors and school representatives of the partnership who are attending.
  2.  Applicants are given the opportunity to present themselves as having the potential to become good teachers.

The assessment will begin with a general introduction to the School Direct course, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

As well as having the opportunity to visit classrooms, the rest of the day comprises three formal activities:

  • A group task where candidates will be asked to lead a session with a small group of children. Specific details of the task will be given in the invite to interview.

  • An interview with School Council represenatatives

  • An interview panel with Headteachers/Senior Leaders of Alliance schools and Hull University.

We are a small Alliance which prides itself on providing high quality training experience so we will only offer a small number of places each year and therefore look for high quality candidates.

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 are an inclusive teaching School Alliance and believe that there should be no barriers to qualified people pursuing a teaching career in teaching.

To this end, please contact the Alliance (using contact details below) to talk to us about any specific needs are and we will seek to accommodate them within our placement schools.

Additionally, you can contact the university Disability Services (tel: 01482 462020 or e-mail to find out about what Hull University are able to provide to support your academic studies and your time on campus with them.

Contact this training provider

01977 682388
STAR Teaching School Alliance
Monk Fryston CE Primary School
Chestnut Green
North Yorkshire
LS25 5PN

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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