St Bede’s Deanery Teaching Alliance
Primary (36G8)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our Primary PGCE is a one-year, full-time course which runs from September - July. The course is Sunderland based and although we are affiliated to Leeds Trinity University students ARE NOT expected to travel to Leeds. Whilst we are a Catholic partnership there is no requirement for students to be Catholic. The course is structured into three stages which will gradually build the confidence and knowledge you’ll need to become an outstanding teacher. Each stage consists of a university-based training block and school-based training block. Students will spend 4 days a week in school and 1 day per week training with St. Cuthbert’s

STAGE 1: Introduction to Teaching (September to November) Five weeks’ university-based training. Minimum of three weekly Serial Visit Days at your first placement school. Six weeks’ school-based training

STAGE 2: Developing your Knowledge (November to March) Two weeks’ university-based training. One week preparation time in your second placement school. Nine weeks’ school-based training.

STAGE 3: Preparing for your Teaching Career (March to June) One week of university-based training. Nine weeks’ school-based training. Two weeks’ enhanced placement.

Every school-based training block (also known as your placement) will be full-time, during which you’ll gradually build up the amount of time you spend teaching. By the end of stage three, you’ll be teaching for 70% of your placement.

You will be guaranteed school placements at each stage- organised for you, on your behalf. You’ll have a one-to-one meeting with a member of the team to make sure you’re prepared and ready.

Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a mentor based at each of your schools. This mentor is trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your school-based training, as well as to assess your progress against the Teachers’ standards.

You’ll also have a Development and Link Tutor at Leeds Trinity, who will visit you at school. Their role is to provide quality assurance for your training, as well as to offer any support and advice you may need.

Interview process

Once you have applied for our training course there will be a shortlisting process of which you will be notified if you are successful.

You will be invited for an individual interview in school with the leaders of our course. We will provide you with a detailed plan of the day so you are prepared for the tasks and interview which will take place on the day.

One of the tasks you will undertake is a lesson observation with a group of children using a book of your own choosing as the theme of the session.

You will also undertake a written task based on your tour of the school.

How school placements work

St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School is the lead school for St Bede’s Deanery Alliance.

The schools within our alliance are, St. Cuthbert’s, St John Bosco, St Joseph’s, St Leonard’s, St Patrick’s, English Martyrs’, St Benet’s, St Mary’s and St Anne’s which are all in the area of the city of Sunderland.

On our 5-11 age range course you will train in at least two good & outstanding schools within our alliance over the course of the academic year. We will arrange these placements on your behalf to ensure you gain the valuable experience you will need to succeed in the classroom. The placements are organised for you and you do not have to worry about sourcing these yourself. We will ensure that your placements are in different key stages and that you gain experience in contrasting school settings- ensuring that your skill set is as wide as possible to give you the competitive edge in the job market.

On gaining a place on our course we will carefully match you with your placement schools taking into account your experience and personal preferences.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



All entrants must be a post graduate who have also achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics, and that all who intend to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 additionally have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4 in the GCSE examination in a science subject.

About the training provider

St. Cuthbert’s is a designated Teaching School, leading the St. Bede’s Deanery Alliance which is made up of the Sunderland Catholic Primary Schools. St. Cuthbert’s works with Leeds Trinity University to offer Initial Teacher Training (ITT) following the non salaried post graduate Schools Direct route.

There are many different routes you can take to begin your Teacher Training, however our programme is a school led training programme which allows you to gain your qualification in school based environments- actually doing the job that you will qualify for.

You’ll train in at least two good schools over the course of an academic year, gaining the valuable experience you will need to succeed in the classroom. We arrange these placements on your behalf and you will be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.

About the accredited body

Leeds Trinity University has an established reputation, of being one of the UK’s leading providers of teacher training courses. Our outstanding courses are taught by a highly experienced team that understands the learning needs of children, from the early years of 0–5 years, right through to primary education of 5–11 years. According to the latest National College for Teaching and Leadership figures 99% of our recent Primary Education graduates are working in teaching positions.

You’ll learn and apply practical teaching skills by engaging with school-based training, giving you a deep understanding of the Teachers’ standards.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Training with disabilities and other needs We’re committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to benefit from higher education. If you have a disability or additional needs, Leeds Trinity University will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Asperger syndrome/autism
  • Visual/hearing impairments
  • Physical and mobility restrictions
  • Long-term medical conditions
  • A mental health condition.

If you register with our Disability Service, a member of the team will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. The support within this plan could include exam adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.

With your permission, they’ll share this plan with your University-based personal tutor so that they know how to best support you during your University-based training. They can also share this plan with the School Partnerships team, who are able to inform the host schools for your placements so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.

Contact details

0191 5285094
St Cuthbert's RC Primary School
Grindon Lane
Tyne and Wear


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