The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust Geography (2ZF2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

During your course you will gain the benefits of assimilating early on into schools within our MAT, as well as gaining tuition and expertise from Leeds Trinity University which has an excellent track record in Initial Teacher Education. Stage A - September - December.

  • 4 days per week in “school based” learning

  • 1 day per week “university based” learning – Subject knowledge and Applied Pedagogy.

Your time in school will initially include some orientation tasks, observing lessons and getting to know the Geography department. You will experience students being taught the relevance of Geography to everyday life through a wide variety of topics that challenge their perspectives of what the world is like and why. Your classroom practice will begin with team teaching alongside your mentor or other host teachers, as your confidence grows this will lead to teaching some lessons independently. You will receive weekly Professional Education Studies (PES) tuition led by senior members of our staff. PES sessions are designed to give insights and strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements, when applying for your first job and in the first years of the profession.

Stage B - January- June

Term 1

  • 4 days per week in “school based” learning

  • 1 day per week “university based” learning

Term 2

  • 5 days per week in “school based” learning

  • occasional “university based” learning days.

In Stage B you will start a second placement in a different school. You will appreciate the benefit of our course as the behaviour policy will be the same as your previous school allowing you to focus on developing your classroom practice and understanding of how students learn. You will be supported by your mentor and other members of the Geography department to take on more responsibility for planning, teaching and evaluating your impact of a wider range of classes, building up to 50% of an ECTs timetable (approx. 12 lessons) by Easter. Once again you will be treated as a member of the Geography team, you will be included in whole school CPD and encouraged to get involved in Geography department meetings, Parents meetings and school visits. PES sessions will also continue during Stage B.

You will qualify with a PGCE and be ready for a successful career in teaching.

School placements

We aim to offer you a range of experiences and you will complete placements in at least 2 of our academies. You will mostly be teaching in the 11-16 age range, but there are also opportunities for gaining sixth form experience.

For the first two terms you will usually spend 4 days per week in school and one at University. In the third term as your confidence in the class room develops you will spend 5 days in school.

You will be well supported throughout the course by well-trained subject mentors in school and university. Each of our academies also has an ITT coordinator who will support you, your mentor and liaise with your university mentor and tutors,

All our schools are easily accessible by public transport and from the M62 corridor. We place trainees based on the availability of quality mentors within a school, but will also take into consideration any special requests.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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 do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken with, or Birmingham City University (BCU) You only need to do the test if you are offered a place with us that you firmly accept. We can only accept tests from these providers and you will need to contact them directly for details on how to book and their costs. For more advice please contact Leeds Trinity University.

Personal qualities

We are looking for dedicated future professionals who are resilient, flexible, hardworking and with a real love of subject. Teaching is an exciting and fulfilling career, and we would like to train future colleagues who want to work with us and our pupils.

Other requirements

All offers are subject to enhanced DBS checks

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Welcome to the Rodillian Multi Academy Trust. We have successfully transformed a number of academies across Yorkshire, improving whole school performance for our students thanks to our unique, pioneering approach. We believe in growing our own talented teaching leaders of the future, and investing in our staff through quality accredited programmes and coaching. The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust offer the opportunity to train through the School Direct initiative across a variety of secondary schools in Leeds, Wakefield and Selby. Why train with Rodillian? We believe that the best way to start a teaching career is to develop your experience of schools from the outset, and the joint courses between Rodillian and Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University provides this in a supportive balanced manner.

Benefits of the Rodillian training programme:

  • You will be accepted and inducted as a colleague from day one.
  • You will receive mentoring from well-trained, outstanding practitioners and train with the teachers who made us one of the top performing MATs.
  • We have a nationally recognised behaviour system, which allows teachers to concentrate on ensuring the best possible outcomes for students. When you train with us, the behaviour system in all your placement schools is the same, so you can concentrate on developing your practice.
  • You will be given the opportunity to explore our innovative resilience curriculum which strives to develop a Growth Mindset in all students
  • You will train in a trust that offers excellent employment opportunities.

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Interview process

You will be invited to interview at one of our academies.
The interview process will allow us the opportunity to make a decision as to your suitability for a place on the course – please remember we are looking for enthusiasm for teaching Geography and training potential rather than the finished product.

The interview panel will comprise of the Rodillian MAT Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Lead and a subject expert. A tutor from Leeds Trinity University may also be in attendance.

The day will comprise of:

  • A welcome talk.
  • A tour of the Academy given by students - this gives you the opportunity to see the school in action and talk to our students.
  • You will be asked to prepare in advance a short teaching task which you will discuss with the interview panel.
  • A formal interview.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our training locations are fully accessible and we would support individual needs.

Contact this training provider

01757 707731
Rodillian Academy
Longthorpe Lane
Lofthouse, Wakefield
England - Yorkshire and the Humber

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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