AA Teamworks West Yorkshire SCITT Geography (2T8H)

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

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Our secondary courses are designed and taught by a dedicated team of practising teachers. Each is based on developing each trainee with a bespoke plan and experience designed to make you the best teacher you can be. All programmes are an 11-16 programme with a post 16 enhancement.
Geography trainees will normally participate in fieldwork alongside classroom teaching. Some schools can also offer geology lessons as part of placement. You will be placed in two schools for your assessed placement from across our partnership schools. The normal pattern of the year is to be in your placement school for four days per week and to attend our training programme one day per week. We have very experienced mentors who are there to guide and support trainees throughout their training year and you will have the opportunity to visit a variety of schools on training days to broaden your experience and understanding. We provide all our trainees with their own laptop during the programme and have a dedicated website for trainee support and resources. All trainees are registered with the University of Huddersfield for a PGCE. We are looking for candidates with normally either a degree in their subject or related to it, or for candidates with a non-related degree an A level in the subject at C or above.

School placements

Our programme places you in two schools from within the partnership across the year and you will work across two key stages; key stage 3 (11-14) and 4 (14-16) with post-16 enhancement. Our Secondary partners are based in Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & Leeds. Partnering with local schools in the area, we feel fully encompasses the geographical, social and economic diversity of West Yorkshire, offering our alliance breadth and depth. A key strength of our partnership is the diversity of schools; your two placement schools will be contrasting and the range of children and teachers you will work with will come from across the entire alliance ensuring you are trained to teach in all schools from the very start of your career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in geography or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We accept qualifications from two organisations. Both offer assessment only or support sessions plus test. the first is Birmingham City University. Tests cost £30 and support plus tests costs £100 for maths and science and £120 for English. (https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/gcse-equivalency-test/gcse-equivalency-tests-non-bcu-applicants) The second is Equivalency Testing. Course costs and examination fees vary according to subject (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/)

Personal qualities

We are first and foremost looking for potential! This is a training programme so we do not expect you to be the finished article but we are looking for people who are committed to teaching as a career, who are highly motivated, reflective and creative.

Other requirements

  • It would be helpful to have spent time in school to ensure you have an understanding of the role of the teacher. In the current climate we are not able to provide a school experience placement. To support candidates who lack school experience we would recommend: reading some articles about teachers and schools in the weekly newspaper Schools’ Week, downloading the National Curriculum Orders and watching some online Oak Academy lessons.

  • You will also need to undertake an enhanced DBS check and an occupational health check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

ITT bursaries are provided by the government. We are responsible for making the bursary payments to eligible students. The bursaries are given to UK and EU students only (so you must meet the residency eligibility criteria set for statutory student finance) and depend on which ITT course subject you are studying and the degree you currently hold. To find out what bursaries are available and the eligibility criteria please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview. You do not need to apply for a bursary, this is processed automatically upon enrolment by us.

To find out how the scholarships and bursaries are paid please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview . We will provide eligible students with payment information with their entitlement letter. Students will need to sign eligibility declaration forms before starting the course and during the course in order to receive payment of the bursary.

About the training provider

Training with AA Teamworks is a great way to kick start your teaching career; we are very proud of the quality of our partnership, our curriculum and our pastoral support. From the start of the programme trainees are fully immersed into school life, building up their confidence and school contact time as they go on. We offer both primary and secondary training in a wide range of subjects and work with a collection of schools in West Yorkshire and East Lancashire. We offer diverse teaching placements (including time in special schools), ensuring trainees have experience in different types of school environments, preparing you for when you complete the programme and begin your ECT year. AA Teamworks is one of only 33 schools to be awarded research school status by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) & The Department for Education (DfE) giving our trainees access to the latest evidence-based practices . Out teaching team are dedicated and experienced educators who work to create a personalised learning experience. Once training is complete we recommend you for QTS status and a PGCE is awarded from The University of Huddersfield. Working with The University of Huddersfield also provides our trainees with full access to all their facilities. Applicants who do not qualify for a DfE bursary are awarded a bursary of £500 and all trainees are provided with a laptop through the programme. AA Teamworks cannot sponsor study visas and all applicants need to have the right to study in the UK on application

Interview process

Selections take place throughout the year. They include an interview with a selected panel of staff and a short activity designed for a group of pupils. These will take place in person where possible and online where not.

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

At AA Teamworks we are fully committed to supporting every student; identifying and addressing barriers are central to provision. Our training facilities also comply with the current accessibility legislation.
We provide a laptop and can add assistive technology to support students with writing and the production of assessments. For academic assignments learning support services are available vis our HEI partner. All training materials are hosted online to access during and after sessions. We provide all trainees with additional support for wellbeing from the Education Support Charity, which gives them all access to free counselling for personal and financial issues. All trainees have a personal tutor who is there to support pastoral care and well being.

Contact this training provider

West Vale Primary School
Stainland Road, Greetland,
West Yorkshire

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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