Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Morley Exceed Partnership Primary (5-11) (328X)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

This course is targeted at teaching pupils aged between 5 and 11 (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2).

Our unique school direct programme maximises your time in school and in classrooms. You’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Exceed SCITT and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by a University. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course.

A strength of this course is the way in which theory and practice are related as a result of extensive time spent working with children in at least two schools. Throughout the programme, you will develop an understanding of the theories that underpin good practice, observe good and outstanding teaching and reflect and evaluate your impact on pupil progress.

The programme is organised into three stages which gradually take you from the beginnings of planning and teaching to being a competent and confident, professional, reflective practitioner. Our unique programme focuses on the National Curriculum so that each trainee develops strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil progress. Another key strand of the programme is Professional Practice, such as effective behaviour management and understanding inclusion. We also recognise that each trainee is an individual and we will ensure that the programme is bespoke to meet individual needs as personal well-being is also very important to us.

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 for development. Your mentor will work with you to jointly agree your targets and next steps for development as a teacher.

Every aspect of the programme is led by practitioners/tutors working in our partnership schools. All our practitioners/tutors have proven expertise in their subject and professional knowledge. We encourage a reflective approach to your learning so there is time to discuss, model and work with other trainees to share best practice you have observed.

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. Leeds is a fantastic place to train to teach and our schools will provide you with a wealth of experience for starting your teaching career.

School placements

This school direct programme specialises in working with children from 5-11 years old so your training will take place in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

We select your schools based upon previous experience and individual circumstances. We are able to match your needs within the partnership schools due to the number of trainees we intend to train. The structure of the programme enables you to get to know the whole partnership because your dedicated training days are delivered by expert tutors from within the partnership. 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.

You will have a minimum of two schools throughout the year and your assessed blocks will provide you with a variety of experience and teaching practice, build your confidence and classroom excellence and equip you well for the reality of your ECT year.

All of our partnership schools are 100% committed to your training and you will have a Host school and a Home school (where you do the majority of your training). Geographically our schools are located close to each other in the Morley and Tingley area of Leeds and our partnership is diverse.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We ask candidates to use a third party for the equivalency tests and we would recommend they use Equivalency Testing. (

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with the potential to train to teach. Individuals who are passionate and enthusiastic about children and education. A great rapport with children and a positive and reflective perspective are essential. We are looking for people that care about our schools and the communities they serve.

Remember that we really try to get to know you as an individual at the interview so that you can evidence your personal qualities which will make a difference to the life chances of the pupils in our 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.

We are also looking for the following qualities in our applicants:

  • Excellent communication skills and rapport with children
  • Transferrable skills into teaching
  • Awareness of teaching and learning
  • Able to answer questions in depth and can articulate ideas clearly
  • Demonstrate strong aptitude for teaching

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

We are offering School Direct as a fee-funded/non-salaried route into teaching and fees for the programme are applicable. Graduates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) usually take out a student loan to pay their £9250 tuition fees to Exceed SCITT. Some trainees may be eligible for a government bursary as an incentive to train to be a teacher, but the government seem to reduce these each year or increase their expectations about the class of honours degree you need to have secured before you start teacher training. Although there’s a cost, applicants need to consider the starting salary of a teacher is £25,000 and there are many options to secure promotion within a few years of qualifying. The pain of paying a loan is compensated by a good starting salary and a rewarding career.

For more information about fees and funding please visit Student Finance. (

Financial support from the training provider

At Exceed SCITT we want to ensure that all trainees with potential to become a teacher can access teacher training programmes.

​Planning to train to be a teacher and choosing the right route into teaching for you is an exciting moment in your life. Getting the right financial advice and support is a crucial step in the decision-making process.

Staff within the partnership can offer help, support and guidance on funding the tuition fees, applying for a student loan and managing your money throughout the duration of the programme.

About the training provider

Thank you for considering Westerton Partnership to train to teach in Leeds. Westerton Partnership, a partnership of 13 primary schools mainly in the Morley area of Leeds, provides great places to train to teach and is a fully school-led route into teaching. The schools within the partnership offer diversity and the trainees will engage in more than one school within the partnership.

The schools within the partnership are committed to joint collaborative working and have a long history of delivering successful school-based teacher training. We have a proven track record of trainees that successfully complete the course and recruited to the profession, many within partnership schools.

Our programme is innovative and forward thinking, with 3 clear strands: The National Curriculum for strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies; Professional Practice, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning; Your personal well-being including mindfulness, positive psychology and managing workload.

Our partnership is an amazing place to train and all the schools are committed to their trainees’ progress. The schools will invest in you as an integral and important member of their staff team. As a partnership, we have a clear commitment to growing our own teachers of the future. Our teachers are excellent practitioners and they are keen to share professional skills, knowledge and practice with teachers of the future.

All trainees who successfully complete the course with us will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and have the opportunity to gain a PGCE. This is an excellent springboard into the profession.

Interview process

Westerton Primary Academy is the lead school in the School Direct Partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process in partnership with Exceed SCITT.

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?
  • Your vision for education and your commitment to young people in Leeds. How do you know that teaching is the career for you?
  • Your subject knowledge - think about the primary curriculum.
  • Your experience of working with children and young people - what have you done and what did you learn?
  • Your other relevant and transferrable skills/experiences that can be related to teaching.

All our School Direct trainees who are shortlisted for interview will be invited into 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 find out more about the 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 very best teacher that you can be.

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

As a partnership of schools committed to inclusive education and challenging discrimination, we welcome applications from trainees with disabilities.

Exceed SCITT places trainee welfare at the heart of its vision and values.

“Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and Exceed Teachers at the core of our care.”

You will have regular progress meetings that include trainee wellbeing and support to ensure you can access all aspects of the training programme. For example, additional time for tasks, contact with expert tutors on the programme who can provide guidance and strategies for any individual needs.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education is an academic award with 60 Masters Level credits and is awarded by a University. As a student of a University you are able to access the support services offered by the institution.

Contact this training provider

Westerton Primary Academy
Hesketh Lane

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022