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Leeds Trinity University Primary (3-7) (2VLT)

PGCE with QTS full time

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 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

There are three stages to your PGCE Primary.

Stage one – Introduction to teaching

University-based training You will spend time at university preparing you for your school-based training, focusing on:

Professional Education Studies You’ll learn strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the primary curriculum and educational policy.

Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy You’ll develop your Key Stage 1 curriculum knowledge and understanding in English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and PE. You’ll explore the broader curriculum, alongside the Early Years Foundation stage areas of learning.

CPD You’ll focus on CPD activities that will enhance your teaching applications making you more employable.

School-based training Working alongside an experienced class teacher and mentor you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learnt so far, focusing on teaching English and Mathematics and one other curriculum area.

Stage two – Developing your knowledge

University-based training You’ll focus on building on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next assessed school-based training block. You’ll reflect on your experiences in the first stage and set developmental targets.

School-based training You’ll develop your teaching skills further, usually in a new school, teaching a contrasting age phase to your first placement. You’ll continue to focus on English and Mathematics, alongside PE and broader areas of the curriculum.

Stage three – Preparing for your teaching career

University-based training Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend some time at University completing CPD activities that will prepare for your teaching career. These activities will include responses to current priorities in primary education, support for your first employment and optional enhancements to develop your professional profile.

School-based training You’ll stay in the same school until the end of the programme, teaching another age phase. You’ll teach all subjects and areas of provision in stage three. You will take on the role of the class teacher and will take on wider responsibilities across the school. You’ll continue to have coaching and mentoring from school staff.

Enhanced placement You’ll finally complete an Enhanced Placement which you’ll source yourself, with support from the School Partnerships team. This placement will help you prepare for graduate employment as a teacher, as well as giving you the chance to explore any aspects of primary teaching that have particularly interested you.

School placements

If school placements are impacted as a result of COVID-19, we will inform you before the course starts.

Our School Partnerships Office will source your placements, taking into account your passions, preferences and personal circumstances. You’ll be allocated a subject tutor, who will work with you to ensure you’re ready to go into school.

After you’ve completed your first five weeks of University-based training, you’ll start your first ten-week placement. This will give you the chance to put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment, working closely with your school-based subject mentor.

In January, you’ll complete a second placement in a different school. This will help you deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement - split across stages two and three, from January until June - gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school and with pupils you will get to know really well. This offers an opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.

During your second placement, you will be teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. At this point, you’ll become more of an independent practitioner.

Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a school-based mentor. These mentors are trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your training and assess your progress against the Teachers’ standards. You’ll also have a subject and link tutor at Leeds Trinity, who will visit you at school. They will provide quality assurance for your training and offer any support and advice you may need.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • An honours degree.

  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) English, Mathematics and Science.

At Leeds Trinity, we treat every applicant on their own merits and value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Personal qualities

We’re committed to training outstanding teachers that will make a huge difference to the lives of those they teach. As such, we also for candidates that have:

  • The personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in schools.

  • The commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a primary teacher.

  • The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.

  • Strong applicants also have experience in primary schools.

Other requirements

Successful applicants also tend to have:

  • Experience of observing the teaching in a primary school in this country.

An offer of a place is subject to:

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

  • A satisfactory medical.

If you are offered a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

For the most up-to-date tuition fees, visit Leeds Trinity

Financial support from the training provider

For the most up-to-date information on what financial support you may be eligible for, including bursaries and scholarships, visit Leeds Trinity

For information on what finance support may be eligible for international applicants, visit Leeds Trinity

About the training provider

Leeds Trinity University has been synonymous with high quality teacher training since 1966, when we were founded as a Catholic teacher training college.

Over the years, we’ve diversified and expanded to become renowned for teaching excellence and producing highly employable graduates across many subject areas, but an unwavering commitment to outstanding teacher training has remained at the heart of what we do.

Recognising that people begin PGCE courses with different levels of experience and skills, we train you in three stages to build your confidence and capability with a mix of research-informed practice, school-based training and plenty of one-to-one support.

We work with over 600 schools – from small rural schools to large, inner-city high schools. We work with ‘Outstanding’ schools leading innovations in education, as well as schools that may have difficulties in reaching outcome targets at the end of key stages.

When you train with Leeds Trinity, you’ll experience best practice in school improvement, whichever school you train in.

You’ll work with expert school mentors while on placement and receive help, advice and support from University-based link tutors. This combination means you’ll get specialist training on teaching the most difficult aspects of subject content, and understanding children and young people at various ages and stages of development.

After you graduate, we’ll support you throughout the early stages of your career with an NQT programme that includes CPD, an active online community and an annual conference.

Interview process

If you’ve applied for a University-led PGCE, you will be notified through UCAS Track if you’ve been invited to an Interview Day.

If you’re invited to an interview through our University-led route, you’ll also receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and method of interview, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully.

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 this training provider

0113 283 7123
Leeds Trinity University
Brownberrie Lane
LS18 5HD

Support and advice

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