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Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance Primary (5-11) (2PL8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Sheffield SCITT
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

General Primary 5-11 accredited Sheffield SCITT, QTS, PGC.

You need GCSE Maths, English and Science to at least grade C and a Degree.

This course is 100% school based. You are taught by outstanding teachers on the job and have an afternoon a week in the HUB where experts will help you develop you skills and understanding in a range of topic such as maths, Literacy, assessment, planning, Special Educational needs and a range of subject specific sessions.

There are no essays to write , but you will be asked to compile evidence bundles to show your achievement against the teaching standards. The 30 Masters credits will be overseen by Hull University.

Your mentor will work with you to build your skills to show how you have achieved against the teaching standards. You will have 3 points in the year when your progress is reported. We aim for all students to be at least good, and will work hard with you to achieve that. Last year 86% of the trainees got an outstanding assessment and the rest were good. We are very proud to have very high rates of employment for trainees who graduate from our course, many in our partner schools. We feel strongly that this course prepares people well for the riggors and joys of this wonderful profession.

School placements

Learning Unlimited has 15 partner schools across Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Doncaster. The course is based on a full year in the classrooms of partner schools with weekly training sessions at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School. Trainees will work across two Key Stages and two contrasting school settings to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).

In additional to QTS we offer a flexible Master’s degree programme with 60 Master’s level credits with the University of Hull. 30 credits in your training year and 30 in your NQT year. The Master’s Modules can be certificated as a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) or kept open to work up to a full Master’s degree later in the career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All primary courses require at least a C or equivalent in GCSE Maths, English and Science.

A degree is also required.

During the course you will have to demonstrate proficiency in fundamental maths and english skills

If your qualifications have been taken in another country you will have to have them verified by NARIC.

Certificates for these qualifications must be presented at enrolment.

Personal qualities

We do want to see good awareness of education ,don’t come across as naive about what schools are really like.

More important to us is the signs of a good teacher, a team player, communicator, can lead a discussion, can listen, can contribute to a group, can explain clearly, come across professionally and be supportive to others.

We are looking for people who are resilient, hard working, eager to learn and reflective.

We are not looking for the finished article, but someone we can work with, who has passion, desire and drive to be the best teacher they can be.

Other requirements

Work experience in a setting with children is desirable, but not essential.

Fees and financial support

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

There are Student Loans available to pay the fees. If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is

  • Term 1 : £2,625
  • Term 2 : £2,625
  • Term 3 : £4,000 With each amount being due on the first day of each term. You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.

Financial support from the training provider

We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees. However,

  • We will support you with the Student Finance Application process.
  • We will keep you informed as to whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.
  • We will also make you aware of any national scholarships that may be available for the subject you are training to teach.
  • We offer free membership to the Westfield Foresight Health plan to assist you with the cost of dental, ophthalmic and other treatments.

About the training provider

LUTSA is based at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School in Sheffield. This is an outstanding school with drive and passion to transform children’s lives through world class teaching. Our focus is Primary, Primary with Maths and Early Years teacher training. Our mission is to grow the highest calibre of teachers to meet the needs of the schools in our region. Feedback from our latest cohort of trainees was overwhelmingly positive with 100% rating the training at five out of five. For the past 2 years more that 75% of the cohort have been graded Outstanding by the end of the course, with the rest graded good. LUTSA are currently working with 15 partner schools across Sheffield, Chesterfield and Doncaster. Over 85% of the cohort for the past 2 years have gained employment before the completion of the course and many in our partner schools. This is a high quality and individualised training route into teaching where you will learn alongside outstanding classroom practitioners and gain exceptional training experiences with input from our expert facilitators overseen by our Ofsted Outstanding Lead school. As a teaching School our trainees have access to many development opportunities that we run in addition to their training, including a Maths knowledge enhancement programme of 12 sessions to grow their confidence in teaching Primary Maths using Mastery techniques. We also collaborate with other providers to make sure our trainees get experiences from a range of contexts and experts in the region.

About the accredited body

General Primary and Primary with Maths are run by LUTSA with the Sheffield SCITT as the accredited provider. This course leads to QTS and PGCert with 30 Masters credits from Hull University in your training year and the option to do a further 30 Masters credits in your NQT year fully paid for.

You train in 2 contrasting schools, attending “Hub” sessions every Tuesday afternoon. You will attend 3 of days for Masters sessions.

A QTS only route is available this year.

The SCITT was subject to an Ofsted inspection in 2017/8 and was graded as Good with Outstanding features.

Interview process

Apply online- search for Learning Unlimited TSA on the get into teaching site.

Use your personal statement to show why you are likely to make a great teacher- draw on work experience but if you don’t have much in schools what about working with youth groups? Training or mentoring new people in other jobs? Can you fill any gaps in your experience before interviews?

If your application is accepted you will get a letter inviting you to interview. You will be asked to take a 15 minutes lesson based on a maths problem. Your letter will tell you what you what year group and detail anything you need to bring. Following the lesson you will be asked to write a reflection of your teaching input.

There will then be an interview. We ask local Heads and Deputies of our partner schools to help conduct these interviews along with the director of the teaching school. You will be asked a range of questions. We do want to see good awareness of education but it’s not a knowledge test- just don’t come across as naive about what schools are really like. More important to us is seeing the signs of a good teacher- team player, communicator, can lead a discussion, can listen, can contribute to a group, can explain clearly and come across professionally and be supportive to others. If you are successful you will be made an offer via UCAS. All offers are subject to you meeting the entry requirements.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At LUTSA we provide a very personalised approach to School Direct Teacher Training. We take pride in getting to know all our trainees, their personal circumstances and their strengths and areas for development so that we can support and develop them most effectively.

We have developed specific support for trainees with Dyslexia in the past including providing software and a laptop for academic purposes.

We have developed training that specifically looks at resilience and strategies to help recognise and cope with stress for example.

At LUTSA we are able to carefully match students to schools and mentors who will help support their needs due to the fact that we deal with relatively small numbers each year (up to 20 trainees)

We continue to offer Maths subject enhancement sessions this year to support trainees in growing their knowledge, skills and confidence in this area and have introduced Literacy sessions also.

Our students have access to the comprehensive student support services provided by both the Hull University and Sheffield Hallam depending on which course they undertake with us at LUTSA.

Contact this training provider

01142 745745
Learning Unlimited TSA
St Thomas of Canterbury School
Chancet Wood Drive
S8 7TR

Support and advice

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