Exceed Leeds East and West Primary (2P6K)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Exceed 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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course is targeted at teaching pupils aged between 3 and 7 (Foundation Stage and KS1).

You’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Exceed SCITT and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by a University.

Our unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school. Our programme design is innovative, with 3 clear strands: Subject Knowledge, so that you develop strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress. Conceptual Knowledge, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children in your class. Embedding Practice, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge with the support of your Class-Based Mentor. Your personal well-being is also important to us so the programme includes Mental health First Aid and managing workload.

Each candidate will be allocated a class-based mentor. You will work with the mentor, receiving weekly tutorials to celebrate successes and work on areas of weakness. Your mentor will work with you to jointly agree your next steps on your journey.

If you’re wanting to train to be a teacher and make a difference to children’s life chances, there is no better place to train than in our partnership schools. We can offer you opportunities and experiences that very few providers can. Our partnership of schools is an amazing place to train.

The Pathways Partnership consists of schools working together to support each other, including training new teachers to potentially employ in our partner nursery, primary and special schools.

School placements

You are in school all the time. In fact, even when you are working on the academic parts of the programme this is supported by a Tutor from the providing University who comes to one of our schools to work with you.
All of our partnership schools are 100% committed to your training, so it really doesn’t make a difference which schools will be your Home school (where you do the majority of your training) or your Host School (where you have an opportunity to broaden you experience).

Geographically our schools are all located in Leeds and our partnership is diverse, from large to smaller schools, and schools that are culturally and socio economically diverse.

This course enables you to specialize in the 3-7 age range so your training will take place in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 settings. You will be trained in 2 different schools, however, the structure of the programme will enable you to get to know the whole partnership. This is because your training days are delivered by expert tutors who are also senior leaders within their schools and most of the training on Wednesdays and Thursdays takes place in their school. Having an opportunity to see practice and meet children in a wide range of schools helps you to reflect on what is going to have the most impact upon your progress towards QTS and employment.

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.

We ask candidates to use a third party for the equivalency tests and we would recommend they use Equivalency Testing. (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/)

Personal qualities

Remember that we really try to get to know you as an individual at the interview so that you feel at ease and can evidence the personal qualities that you bring to the programme. It is your personal qualities that will help to make a significant difference to the educational life chances of the pupils in our partnership of schools.

Other requirements

Before starting the programme all applicants must be deemed suitable to train to teach so safeguarding checks will be undertaken. They must also demonstrate they are fit to teach so will need to complete a pre-ITT health questionnaire.

We are also looking for the following qualities in our applicants:

  • Excellent communication skills and rapport with children
  • Transferrable skills into teaching
  • Awareness of teaching and learning
  • Able to answer questions in depth and can articulate ideas clearly
  • Demonstrate strong aptitude for teaching

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Trainees need to consider how they transport themselves from their training school to the training venues across partnership. Some of our SCITT Trainee Teachers often car share, reducing travel costs. Having said this please remember that our partnership of schools are all geographically situated within Leeds.

Financial support from the training provider

At Exceed SCITT we want to ensure that all trainees with potential to become a teacher can access teacher training programmes.

Planning to train to be a teacher and choosing the right route into teaching for you is an exciting moment in your life. Getting the right financial advice and support is a crucial step in the decision-making process.

Staff within the partnership can offer help, support and guidance on funding the tuition fees, applying for a student loan and managing your money throughout the duration of the programme.

About the training provider

The Exceed Leeds East and West Partnership comprises a group of Leeds schools working in a diverse range of social contexts. We are committed to providing first-class learning opportunities for children and adults to develop the next generation of inspirational teachers. Exceed Leeds East and West provides a high quality route into effective teaching, supporting you in your career as a trainee teacher, an ECT and beyond. Previous trainee teachers within the partnership have been successfully employed in our schools, with an ECT programme to ensure that they continue to flourish as professionals in this exciting world of primary education. All the schools in our partnership believe that the most effective way to train teachers is through School Centred Initial Teacher Training. Our programme provides trainees with experience in both a ‘host’ and ‘home’ school. Academic rigour is provided by a post graduate course with study at masters level. The partnership provides a range of professional development days and training across all the schools, including supporting trainees with job applications. As many of our trainees will secure their first teaching posts at one of our partnership schools, we are keen to invest heavily in the training programme, thereby ‘growing our own’ teachers of the future.

Interview process

Make sure that your application is clear and grammatically accurate. We are looking for your potential as a trainee teacher, not for someone who is already an experienced teacher. In your personal statement you might want to cover the following aspects, which we offer as a guide only. Your reason for wanting to teach, why primary? Which phase of learning are you most interested in, e.g. EYFS, KS1 or KS2.

Your vision for education and your commitment to young people in Leeds. What was your ‘wow moment’ when you knew teaching was the career for you? Any other relevant and transferable skills/experiences that can be related to teaching.

You will be invited to interview at one of our partnership schools where you will be made very welcome. You will be given a tour of the school and an opportunity to talk to some of our ECTs or current SCITT Teachers training with us. This way you really can find out about our programme! You will have an opportunity to lead a short teaching episode based upon a children’s book and a 30 minute individual interview. This way we really get to know you and you get the opportunity to find out how our partnership supports you to be the best teacher that you can be.

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

As a partnership of schools committed to inclusive education and challenging discrimination, we welcome applications from trainees with disabilities. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic individuals who are passionate about teaching and learning. Candidates need to be reflective, evaluative and clearly focused on their own professional development. Successful candidates will have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with all colleagues in school. The range and variety of school within our partnership, enables us to place you with the most appropriate setting. Individual needs of students are taken into consideration when placing you in a school, building upon your strengths while ensuring that any needs are catered for.

Contact this training provider

01274 611327
Exceed SCITT
Holybrook Primary School
Rillington Mead
BD10 0EF

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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