Pathways Partnership
Primary (2P6L)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Exceed SCITT and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by a University. This course is targeted at teaching pupils aged between 5 and 11 (KS1 & KS2). Our unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course. Our programme design is innovative, with 3 clear strands: The National Curriculum, so that you develop strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress. Professional Practice, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children in your class. Your personal well-being is also important to us so the programme includes mindfulness, positive psychology and developing resilience.

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.

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 NQTs 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.

How school placements work

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 5-11 age range so your training will take place in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 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.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £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

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.



We are happy to accept applications from candidates yet to complete their studies and will obtain a formal qualification later in the year. Normally you need:

  1. a 2:2 degree or above. (NB: A Masters qualification can uplift a 3rd Class Honours degree to a 2:2 to meet our entry requirements)
  2. Level 4/GCSE grade C in English Language, maths and a science
  3. In the case of GCSE-level qualifications, we accept equivalency testing. See:
  4. Non UK qualifications, check by NARIC (

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.

About the training provider

The Pathways 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. Pathways Partnership provides a high quality route into effective teaching, supporting you in your career as a trainee teacher, an NQT and beyond. Previous trainee teachers within the partnership have been successfully employed in our schools, with an NQT 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 the School Direct route. 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.

About the accredited body

Exceed SCITT is part of Exceed Academies Trust in Bradford and is an accredited provider of Qualified Teacher Status, we hold an Ofsted rating of Outstanding, a recognition of the quality training we provide. We work closely with our School Direct partners in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds. Our unique programme maximises the time spent in school and access to tutors with up to date professional practice and expertise drawn from their work in schools. We have an excellent track record of supporting trainees in completing the programme for QTS and gaining employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

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 details

0113 279 8079
Pathways Partnership
Cobden Primary School
Cobden Road
LS12 5LA


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