Bingley Grammar School Direct Geography (363S)

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

Accredited body
Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT
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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This Geography course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You will train across the 11-16 age range.

As a provider we value trainee well-being, you will be supported throughout your training year. Trainees appreciate the high level of care and attention that they are given, both at the centre and when on placements (OFSTED 2022).

Our curriculum aims to ensure all trainees have the knowledge, skills, and experience to become highly employable inspirational teachers, who promote aspiration, build positive working relationships and a desire for future development.

Trainees spend four days per week on placement in our partnership schools. In addition, trainees will attend SCITT based Training one day a week.

Bespoke training is centred around subject, age phase and classroom-based practice and is designed and adapted to meet the needs of our trainees. Ofsted stated “Trainees are well prepare to teach their subject” (Ofsted 2022).

SCITT based training sessions consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, micro-teaching environments and observations of teaching in school. This is very much a practical course, where trainees learn by doing. High quality training is delivered by school-based experts in a range of schools across the city of Bradford and beyond.

Our curriculum is delivered sequentially and effectively, leading to outstanding experiences for our trainees in preparation for their early career. Training delivery is supported by current research from The Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER).

Trainees are supported by expert mentors in school who: model good practice, offer guidance and support with planning and delivery and give regular feedback. Ofsted stated “mentoring if of a high standard”.

Each phase of training focuses on a specific area of the curriculum; Creating a climate for learning How pupils learn Developing quality pedagogy Assessment Preparing for ECT year

Assessment is ongoing and is carried out across both placement schools. As Ofsted stated, “leaders have designed and implemented an impressive range of strategies to ensure that trainees are assessed accurately. Leaders and mentors are then able to assess what trainees have understood and, when needed, put in extra support or training”. At the end of the course trainees will be assessed against the Teacher Standards to gain their QTS.

School placements

We carefully consider school placements for all our trainees. We match strengths as well as support needs for students. All trainees will be placed in two contrasting secondary schools, ensuring students experience the cultural diversity the city offers.

Your training week initially involves 4 days a week in school and a day working on teaching pedagogy, helping you learn the skills to make you an effective teacher. As your training year progresses your timetable will increase at a pace that matches your needs.

During your training year you will visit a vast array of schools from our partnership in both Primary and Secondary schools. You will also visit specialist provision.

We operate an A B A model for our students, where trainees start in their host school, then complete an 6 week contrasting placement, then return to their host school to complete the training year.

As a provider we value trainee well-being, you will be supported throughout your training year. Trainees appreciate the high level of care and attention that they are given, both at the centre and when on placements. (OFSTED 2022)

You will work closely day to day with a trained subject-based mentor. Mentoring is of a high standard across the partnership (OFSTED 2022) To further support your academic growth and to offer pastoral support you will be assigned course a tutor to provide advice and support for the progressive development of your teaching expertise.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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.

If you are offered a place on our course, we will arrange any required tests on your behalf with our preferred provider. The equivalency test includes a support package to help prepare for passing the final assessment. There is a fee of approximately £150 per equivalency.

Personal qualities

We don’t have a fixed picture of what kind of a person we are looking for. Teaching is a creative, dynamic profession which has space for innovative thinking, for people who can break free from what’s expected. Our school is clear that we want trainees to have a rapport with children, a passion for their subject, and to have the ambition to become excellent teachers. You will have a relentlessly positive outlook, show initiative and be good team player, ready to work hard in a challenging but wonderfully rewarding profession.

Other requirements

If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Bingley Grammar School is steeped in history, a large, friendly comprehensive school with students from all backgrounds as a school of first choice. It is one of the lead schools in the Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT, with a proud tradition of educating young people and Teachers of the future. Schools Direct offers a different way of training to become a teacher. Learn by listening to and observing good and outstanding teachers. Training involves practising your teaching skills with groups of students. Supported effectively by a school mentor, you are treated as a member of the school staff, someone the school is often looking to potentially employ. This route ensures you are working in your class from day one of the course. We aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education for our young people. We are keen to recruit student teachers who share the same commitment. If you share our vision for education, we want to hear from you. We will provide highest quality training, delivered by outstanding practitioners through a bespoke training package, to make the most of your knowledge and skills. After a year’s successful training, you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status. As a School Direct Lead School, we are committed to helping you develop professionally, beyond your training and Early Career Framework programme by means of an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development opportunities.

About the accredited body

“Birth to 19 recruits a diverse range of trainees who are able to move on as teachers with confidence.” (Ofsted 2022) They aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers who are, highly employable, research-informed, early career-ready teachers who transform the life chances of young people in their local area.

Ofsted stated (May 2022)

  • Trainees are well prepared to teach their subject.
  • Trainees appreciate the high level of care and attention that they are given.
  • Trainees know how to create an inclusive environment for pupils.
  • Mentoring is of a high standard across the partnership.

Interview process

All our trainees who are shortlisted for interview will be invited into our school. If you are asked for interview, we will provide more details about tasks you will be asked to complete.

All our interviews have the same elements:

  1. A classroom based exercise, where you will be observed interacting with children or young people.

  2. Written tasks which are designed to assess your written communication skills; your ability to be numerate; your capacity to access higher level study; and for secondary applicants, subject knowledge.

  3. Face to face interview with a panel of School Leaders. DBS

If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance. For more information, see the guidance on line at;

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

We believe that teachers with disabilities, make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). All our partner Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.

Contact this training provider

Bingley Grammar School
Keighley Road
West Yorkshire
BD16 2RS

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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