Shanidar - West Yorkshire Primary (Special Educational Needs) (39KY)

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


About the course

This unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course. Our programme design is innovative, with 4 potential pathways for you to choose from:

  • Autism (communication and interaction)
  • Generic SEND (cognition and learning)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and
  • Sensory (VisuaI impairment / Hearing Impairment).

We aim to match you with a home school in our partnership that matches your particular interest in SEND and/or suits your geographical location where this is possible. We have 14 schools across Bradford, Keighley, Leeds and Skipton. If you choose the Generic SEND route, we can place you in one of our 6 special schools as your home school.

You will start the course with an introduction at your home school. This is followed by an assessed block in Key Stage 1 and an assessed block in Key Stage 2, both in mainstream primary schools.

You will have regular training courses in all aspects of teaching the national primary curriculum on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will also enhance this training with additional content on areas of special education needs. This will cover a wide range of topics including positive behaviour management, inclusion, communication and interaction, attachment disorder, cognition and learning, and whole school communication strategies.

We will provide continued opportunity to explore your interest in special provision and provide you with time in your home school where you can put what you are learning into practice. The route will equip you to move into employment in both main stream and special provision.

School placements

We will match you with schools that reflect your particular interest in special needs education and also best suit your geographical location. All of our mainstream primary schools have an additional Designated Specialist Provision in either autism, social emotional and mental health (SEMH), visual impairment (VI) or hearing impairment (HI). This enables you to train in a mainstream primary but also understand how to teach in highly inclusive and diverse environment.

For candidates selecting our SEMH route, we can offer either the Bradford Central PRU as a home school, or a mainstream primary school with a DSP for SEMH. These are Cottingley Village Primary or Long Lee Primary.

If you select our Generic SEND route, you will attend a special school in either Leeds, Bradford, Bingley or Skipton as your home school. We will combine this with assessed placements in our mainstream primary schools so that you get the valuable experience of teaching all key stages in a mainstream setting.

For applicants with an interest in sensory impairment education, we can offer Swain House Primary, Girlington Primary and Grove House Primary. Whichever route you decide, our unique and innovate course design ensures that you will be qualified to teach in either a mainstream primary or a special school. You are treated like you are a member of the school staff, someone who the school is often looking to employ at the end of the year.

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 people with a passion for inclusive education.

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 Shanidar – West Yorkshire, in Bradford, Keighley, Leeds and Skipton as your provider of School Direct, ITT.

We aim to recruit a cohort of 15-20 trainees on a Primary (5-11) programme with an additional specialism in SEN.

This course is suitable for those wanting to work in either a mainstream primary or a special school. Our ethos is to champion inclusive education for all pupils and challenge discrimination.
If you have a passion for inclusive education and you’re wanting to train to be a teacher to make a difference to children’s life chances, there is no better place to train than in our diverse partner schools.

You’ll be awarded QTS by Exceed SCITT and a PGCE by Leeds Trinity University.

Our programme has 4 pathways for you to choose from;

  • Autism (communication and interaction)
  • Generic SEND (cognition and learning)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
  • Sensory (Visual Impairment / Hearing Impairment).

We aim to match you with a home school that reflects your interest in SEND and/or geographical location.

Our partnership of 14 schools have a passion and commitment to providing excellent inclusive education.

  • Brooklands Special School
  • Bradford Central PRU
  • Cottingley Village Primary
  • Crossley Hall Primary
  • Delius Special School
  • Farnley Park Special School
  • Girlington Primary
  • Grove House Primary
  • Haworth Primary
  • Hazelbeck Special School
  • Ingrow Primary
  • Long Lee Primary
  • Southfield Special School
  • Swain House Primary School

Interview process

You will be interviewed at one of our partnership mainstream primary schools in either Bradford or Keighley. There will be two people on the interview panel, including a member of the senior leadership team from the school. There will be three parts to the assessment:

  • a short 30 minute interview
  • a 15 minute teaching observation
  • some written tasks We will let you know the same day if you have been successful.

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 Leeds Trinity University. As a student of the University you are able to access the support services offered by the institution.

Contact this training provider

01274 062580 ext 251
Co-Op Academy Southfield
Haycliffe Lane
West Yorkshire

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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