Leeds Trinity University Primary (5-11) (X104)

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

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

There are three University and School-based stages to your PGCE Primary.

Stage one – Introduction and Preparation

You’ll take part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training which focuses on:

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

Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy You’ll develop your Early Years and Key Stage 1 curriculum knowledge, understanding in English, Mathematics and Science. You’ll explore the broader curriculum and observe and reflect on best practice across the whole curriculum.

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

As stage 1 progresses, you’ll complete a longer period of time in school. Working alongside an experienced class teacher and mentor, you will have the opportunity to co-teach and co-plan lessons across the curriculum. You will begin teaching phonics and maths and will gain an understanding of how pupils learn through areas of provision.

Stage two – Developing and Securing

You’ll reflect on your experiences in the first stage and set developmental targets with your University and School-based mentors. You’ll receive further training on the curriculum and planning and delivering sequences of learning.

Teaching skills will be developed further, usually in a different school, teaching a contrasting age phase to your first placement. You’ll continue to focus on English and Mathematics, alongside the wider curriculum, while developing your understanding of how schools use assessment to map pupils’ learning progress journey.

Stage three – Refining and Embedding

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

You’ll usually stay in the same school as your stage 2 placement until the end of the programme, teaching another age phase, teaching all subjects and areas of provision. Taking on the role of the class teacher and wider responsibilities across the school, you’ll continue to have coaching and mentoring from school staff.

Transition placement At the end of stage three, you’ll complete a two-week transition placement. This will help you prepare for graduate employment as a teacher, giving you the chance to explore any aspects of primary teaching that have particularly interested you.

School placements

Our School Partnerships Office will source your placements, taking into account your training needs and personal circumstances.

After you’ve completed your initial weeks of University-based training, you’ll start your first school-based training placement which runs from September to December. 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 mentor and returning to university for regular lectures as the curriculum builds aligning taught sessions with classroom experience.

From January to June, 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 longer placement provides you with the chance to develop your practice in one school and with pupils you will get to know really well enabling you to make a positive impact on pupil progress.

During your second placement, your school and the university support you as teaching responsibilities gradually increase to 80% of a typical early career teacher’s timetable, helping you to become a more independent practitioner in preparation for employment.

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 towards meeting the Teachers’ standards by the end of the PGCE programme. You’ll also have a university tutor, based at Leeds Trinity and a link tutor 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 undergraduate degree, 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.

If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken with www.equivalencytesting.com, www.astarequivalency.co.uk or Birmingham City University (BCU) www.bcu.ac.uk.

You only need to do the test if you are offered a place with us that you firmly accept. We can only accept tests from these providers and you will need to contact them directly for details on how to book and their costs.

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.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, you must apply by end of May 2022. If you apply in May, we cannot guarantee we can process your application. All offer conditions must be met by June 2022.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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 offer excellent support for teachers in the early stages of their career, and have a very strong Early Career Teacher (ECT) programme, with CPD, an active online community, and an annual conference.

Interview process

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.

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’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

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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