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Ebor Academy Trust Primary (W673)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
York St John University
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

Ebor Academy Trust and York St John University works in partnership to deliver high quality teacher education and training which leads to a PGCE qualification with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Our school-centred PGCE primary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme. The partnership works together to develop:

  • outstanding student teachers who are transformative and creative
  • highly motivated and committed
  • autonomous and independent
  • enquiry-based and self-reflective practitioners.

Historically, a significant number of trainees secure teaching posts within Ebor Academy Trust and have gone on to senior roles within school, including active engagement in the delivery and supporting trainees on the programme.

The programme delivers contemporary and highly relevant education and training which provides excellent opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of primary education and wider educational issues. You will be equipped to become an outstanding teacher and leader with strong subject knowledge and a clear professional identity. You will be supported by experts in both university and schools to ensure that you have opportunities to learn about current classroom practice and develop deep subject pedagogy. It combines school experience with taught sessions on subject knowledge and pedagogy underpinned by the Initial Teaching Training Core Content Framework in the key themes of: behaviour management, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviour.

As part of the programme, you will complete two academic assessments which will need to be passed so you meet the programme aims and gain the PGCE award. These modules will underpin your own rigorous understanding of pedagogy and will provide you with 60 Masters level credits, which you may wish to use towards a full Masters qualification in the future.

The programme is a full and studied within one academic year (September to July), covering either the 3- 7 or 7-11 age phase.

The programme ensures that you fulfil the requirements of the current Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. It encourages you to engage critically with educational issues to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, with the ability to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the diverse needs of pupils in primary schools. This is achieved through a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies, including active learning and enquiry-based learning, which is considered essential in both modelling effective learning and teaching practice.

School placements

Placement in schools is an integral part of the programme; trainees report it helps them to fully immerse in the school community and become a valued member of staff from the start. During the year you will be based within one school for the majority of your training where you will complete two placements in your preferred age range of either lower (3-7 years ) or upper (7-11 years) primary. There is also a 6-week contrasting placement in a different partnership school. Trainees are placed in a diverse range of schools within York and the surrounding areas.

During each placement you will observe teaching, work collaboratively with experienced staff and gradually increase the percentage of planning teaching and assessment. Trained mentors closely monitor students through weekly appraisals where strengths are identified and developmental points identified. Discussions are constructive and nurture students self reflection on lessons.Targets will be set to help you on your journey into becoming an effective teacher.

You will also attend school meetings such as staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. From being in school you are exposed to a broad and diverse school life and the wider school context. This helps you to understand your own professional identity and be a fully committed member of a school community.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Ebor Academy Trust welcomes applicants who:

  • show a passion towards working with children and a desire to make a difference
  • excellent communication
  • a team player but also the ability to work independently
  • curiosity and eagerness to learn
  • ability to adapt and be flexible- every day is different!
  • self awareness and ability to reflect constructively
  • resilient
  • creativity and an ability to be innovative
  • patience and understanding
  • fun and a good sense of humour

If this is who you are, Ebor Academy wants you to join!

Other requirements

You will be required to complete a medical check and DBS prior to starting the programme.

We recommend all applicants to engage in some school experience across the primary range range so that they can draw upon this experience at interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

The course tuition fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Ebor Academy Trust offers the unsalaried route.

You will be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from your funding body to cover the cost of your fees. You will be required to begin repayment of the loan once you are earning over the repayment threshold.

More details can be found at


Financial support from the training provider

Ebor Academy Trust do not currently offer any financial support, however there is a range of support you can access.

You can get government support. This includes a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your fees and a Maintenance Loan that will help towards your living costs, which you only start to pay back once you have left university and are earning over repayment threshold.

Financial guidance can also be found on the YSJ website


About the training provider

Ebor Academy Trust is proud to offer an established and successful school centred route into primary teaching. Our School Direct primary programme has a strong and established partnership of schools, led by the ‘Lead School’ Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy. Together we provide a programme led by outstanding practitioners in teaching and learning and immersion in wider school life within a diverse range of schools in York and surrounding areas, Selby and East Coast.

We work in close partnership with York St John University ( to deliver high quality teacher training and education which leads to a PGCE with QTS.

At the last Ofsted inspection inspectors rated the partnership as ‘highly respected in our region, with outstanding leaders who have clear vision, relentless drive and well targeted actions. The university, Academy Trust and schools demonstrate a common vision and shared commitment to teacher training. The university provides strong institutional support for initial teacher education’.

Interview process

The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough. It is designed to enable Ebor Academy Trust and York St John University to assess the suitability of candidates for training and to appoint the best candidates for the places available.

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process.

Interview days usually take place in one of our partnership schools so that we can observe applicants interactions with children. Typical activities include:

  • a guided reading session
  • a short prepared teaching activity
  • written reflection based on your prepared task

Successful candidates may then be invited to an interview which usually takes place on the afternoon of the tasks. The interview panel is made up of Ebor Academy Trust and York St John University staff.

Places on the programme are limited and recruitment takes place regularly during the year.

If you are successful at interview you will be offered a conditional place. Once the number of offered places meets the agreed programme numbers, the programme will be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the programme of your choice.

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

York St John University is an inclusive university and has a range of support services for students with disabilities and other needs. We have a dedicated Disability Advice Team and PGCE programmes have a strong track record of supporting all students to enable them to complete their studies successfully.

Throughout the programme there is strong support for you by both university and school-based staff and you also will benefit from the full range of university services (e.g. writing and academic support, wellbeing services, library and IT, careers etc.)

Contact this training provider

01904 553404
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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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