The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust English (2ZF7)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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 English department You will experience healthy debates about literature and learn how we teach our students to navigate the world and make their voices heard through spoken and written word. 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 English 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 English team, you will be included in whole school CPD and encouraged to get involved in English 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 at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English 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 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.”

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 2023 to 2024 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.

For more information:

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 English 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 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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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

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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