Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance
Primary (3-7) (38CJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University
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

General Primary (Early Years) 3-7 accredited Sheffield Hallam University, QTS, PGCE.

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

This course is mostly school based. You are taught by outstanding teachers on the job and have a day a week in the HUB and one day a week at the University for the first few weeks. This is where experts will help you develop you skills and understanding in a range of topic such as Early maths, Early Literacy, assessment, planning, Special Educational needs and a range of subject specific sessions in early years settings.

There are assignments to write and you will be asked to compile evidence to show your impact on some students you are teaching. The 60 Masters credits will require attendance at Sheffield Hallam University on Fridays for the first few weeks of your course. You will work in tutor groups and be fully supported by your tutors as well as having access to the facilities of SHU. In the hub you will work in a small teaching groups and get personalised support and development suited to your needs.

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. We feel strongly that this course prepares people well for the riggors and joys of this wonderful profession.It Has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted .

Interview process

Apply online- search for Learning Unlimited TSA www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training 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 reading a story. 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 reflect on 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 passing the skills tests.

How school placements work

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 15 training sessions ( full days ) at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School and 15 at Sheffield Hallam throughout the course. When you are your school based training you will spend 100% in the classroom. Trainees will work across two Key Stages and two contrasting school settings to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).

In additional to QTS this course offers a PGCE which gives a trainee 60 credits towards a Master’s degree programme with Sheffield Hallam University.


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.



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 be required to show you have 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.

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

The Primary 3-5 EYFS course is run by LUTSA with Sheffield Hallam University as the accredited provider . This course leads to QTS and a PGCE with 60 Masters credits in the training year.

You train in two contrasting placement schools during the year; one day a week at SHU and one at LUTSA for academic work when not on block teaching practice.

The SHU EYFS course was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017/8, one of the few ITT course to gain that grade in the country.

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 details

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


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