BDAT ITT in partnership with Gorse SCITT Social sciences (A905)

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

Accredited body
GORSE SCITT (Leeds, Bradford, Hull and East Yorkshire)
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

As a Social Science trainee teacher, you will learn all the skills needed to become an expert and assured teaching professional. We will ensure that you are confident in delivering all aspects of the curriculum and whatever your discipline or subject specialism, you will be, by the end of the programme, fully equipped to successfully teach all topics and subjects to a range of abilities and key stages. You will be taught how to plan and successfully deliver engaging and creative lessons, effectively assess pupil progress, reflect on your practice and become a well-rounded teacher who engages fully in whole-school life. You will work alongside, and be mentored by, a range of expert and experienced colleagues – Subject Leads, Professional Mentors, Placement Mentors and the ITT team – who will all ensure that by the end of your training you are able to teach in any setting, in any context and in any location. Assessment for Qualified Teacher Status will be against our curriculum, the Core Content Framework, and ultimately, the Teachers’ Standards. You will submit weekly evidence that demonstrates your progress in the classroom, as well as reflections on your training. You will also receive regular and supportive feedback on your teaching from experienced colleagues. For the PGCE element, which runs seamlessly alongside your school-based practice, you will complete two research-based university assignments; guidance and support for both QTS and PGCE will be offered throughout the year.

School placements

All of our Trust schools are detailed on our website. We have worked hard to ensure that you will complete a minimum of two contrasting placements, each designed and personalised so that you will make real progress during the year.

You will not be offered a place on our programme if we do not have a quality placement experience to offer you. We will organise and make all your placement arrangements for you. In addition to your placements, your central and subject training will focus on what excellent classroom practice looks like, whilst always ensuring that you are aware of what effective and relevant evidenced-based practice looks like.

You will be taught how to take a reflective and analytical view of your teaching and know how to make effective progress. You will work alongside, and be mentored by, a range of expert and experienced colleagues – Subject Leads, Professional Mentors, Placement Mentors and the ITT team – who will all ensure that by the end of your training you are able to teach in any setting, in any context and in any location.

You will experience and teach across two key stages. For Primary that will be Key Stages One and Two (ages 4 to 11), for Secondary that will be Key Stages Three and Four (ages 11-16) and for Secondary/Post 16 that will be Key Stages Four and Five (14-19).

You will have a minimum of two placements, one from September to Christmas and one from January to June. A third placement maybe offered as applicable and if in your best interests.

You will usually be in school three days and two mornings every week and expected to follow the timings, practices and culture of the school.

We believe that all trainees, morally, should understand where pupils have been on their educational journey so far, and where their journey may take them. As such, all trainees will experience teaching enhancements from Early Years to Year 13 and beyond.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Belle Vue Girls’ Academy
Thorn Lane, Bingley Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD9 6NA
Bradford Forster Academy
Fenby Avenue, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD4 8RG
Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College
Reevy Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD6 3PX
Carlton Bolling
Undercliffe Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD3 0DU
Carlton Keighley
Green Head Road, Utley, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 6EB
Immanuel College
Leeds Road, Idle, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD10 9AQ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.

A degree in a relevant or related subject. A preference will be given to applicants with 2:2 honours degrees or above. Successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August. If you don’t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will still be considered.

Having a good A level result in your chosen subject, whilst not a requirement of the course, will strengthen your application.

Your degree subject should be in social sciences 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.

We accept equivalencies passed prior to the programme commencing through

Personal qualities

Has high moral purpose in their desire to become a teacher. Is able to respond positively to guidance towards self-improvement. Has an intrinsic passion for learning. Is fully prepared and demonstrates a clear understanding of teaching in a socially and culturally diverse society.

Assumes a high level of responsibility for the well-being, attainment, progress and outcomes of pupils.

Plans lessons that use appropriate, imaginative and creative strategies that match the individual learning styles and needs of pupils.

Demonstrates excellent subject knowledge and is able to apply this and the appropriate learning and teaching pedagogy to support the pupils they teach.

Other requirements

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. We encourage you to enrol to the DBS update service. An overseas DBS may be required for those who have spent time outside of the UK.

All applicants will be required to complete proficiency tests in English and Mathematics which will be delivered by BDAT ITT in partnership with Gorse SCITT.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

The BDAT ITT mission is to drive school improvement by recruiting and developing thoughtful, reflective trainees.

Our partner, GORSE SCITT, is an Ofsted Outstanding teacher training provider rated Outstanding in all aspects of their work.

BDAT believe that there are no great schools without great staff, and our values reflect this:

Aspiration - We set high expectation for ourselves, our trainees and our staff so that each of us is supported to achieve our own potential. Inclusion. We understand everyone is equal, without exception. We value and encourage diversity and difference. We proactively seek to learn from others.

Excellence - We provide rigorous support and challenge to our trainees. We strive for excellence in all they do.

Compassion - We care for each other. We respect each other and treat our trainees how they would expect to be treated. We make sure they are safe, feel loved and are actively supported at all times.

Resilience - We are ambitious and reflective. We will support our trainees to be determined and brave in making decisions and resilient when facing challenges. We expect our schools to provide them with the skills and knowledge to guide them through their future as lifelong learners.

We have partnered with a carefully selected, highly successful and committed provider in GORSE SCITT who share our ethos, and together, we will provide you with a great teacher training experience.

About the accredited body

Over the last nine years, GORSE SCITT has trained over 1600 trainee teachers across all subjects and in both Primary and Secondary phases. As an Ofsted Outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training, we have worked hard to ensure that our training programme and curriculum is one that we can be proud of, and one that ensures that our trainees are well-prepared for employment in any school, in any context, in any location.

Interview process

You will usually be interviewed by a senior tutor from GORSE SCITT, a Senior Leader from a BDAT school, and / or a senior member of the central BDAT ITT team.

  • You will make a short 3-5 minute presentation about why you want to teach and what you will bring to teaching; you should engage with the panel making clear why you want to be a teacher.

  • You will have a formal interview which will give you the opportunity to discuss why you want to be a teacher, what you would bring to the profession, and also show us your resilience and initiative.

  • You will be asked to complete a range of written work.

  • After your interview, we aim to let you know if you have been successful within 48 hours.

If we regard you as a strong candidate who needs further development to be ready to join our programme we will facilitate this through our Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes.

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

We pride ourselves on the layers of support we provide for our trainees. Each week you will be mentored by a placement mentor who will support you with the planning, delivery and reflection of your lessons, as well as ensuring that you experience your placement as a colleague rather than as a trainee; we also expect our trainees to act like colleagues. You will be mentored and coached each week by a Professional Mentor who will support the development of your classroom pedagogy, and a Subject Lead who will support your subject knowledge development as well as ensuring that you are able to fully deliver your subject curriculum.

We are committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees right from the beginning of the admissions process, and throughout the course. If you have a disability or other need please disclose this on the medical questionnaire form you are required to complete during the admissions process. We will discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make adjustments where necessary.

Contact this training provider

01274 909120
Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust
2nd Floor Jade Building, Albion Mills, Albion Road
BD10 9TQ

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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