York St John University Upper Primary (X171)

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


Course summary

‘‘There is something special about York St John trainees. They are diligent, kind, caring and self-reflective.’’ Ofsted, 2022

We work closely with partnership school colleagues to support you in developing your professional practice, providing you with excellent opportunities to engage in wider professional issues relating to pedagogy and the curriculum. The combination of experienced university, school based and other external colleagues working in partnership, makes a powerful and inspiring teaching team for you.

You will be expected to critically engage with educational issues and develop as reflective practitioners, able to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the needs of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. The University provides a strong centre-based opportunity to develop and share good practice.

‘The curriculum for trainees…is delivered effectively and with passion by experts’ Ofsted, 2022

The key aim of the PGCE programme is to deliver a high quality current and relevant programme of training and education that equips you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes that you need to become highly effective teachers (and leaders) with both a strong subject and wider professional identity. The programme combines school experience with taught academic sessions in order to achieve this. Academic assignments are designed to support your developing practice.

‘The curriculum to ensure that trainees know how to meet the different needs of pupils, and to adapt their teaching, is exceptional.’ Ofsted, 2022

You will follow an ambitious curriculum that is underpinned by the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework and York St John Partnership five key themes, that has been designed to integrate theory and practice. You are supported throughout the programme to develop subject knowledge and your understanding of current educational policy and initiatives.

‘Trainees’ workload is carefully considered.’ Ofsted, 2022

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.)

Your professional development will be underpinned throughout the course by essential theoretical knowledge. You will assess current research and developments at local, national and international levels, critically engaging with the educational issues which will shape your teaching practice.

School placements

School placements provide structured opportunities to observe experienced teachers and other professionals, and support you in progressively building your confidence towards independent teaching. You will be given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context. For example, you will attend school meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development activities, that will support you in developing your knowledge and understanding of the whole school environment. We build a range of experiential and enrichment opportunities into the programme to further support your journey into the teaching profession.

‘Mentors provide trainees with effective guidance because of the strong training and support given by the partnership.’ Ofsted, 2022

You are supported on your school placements by a mentor and other school staff who are committed to your education and training. Partnership is at the heart of this programme with school and York St John University colleagues working together to secure your progress and development

Once qualified and as you become an Early Career Teacher you will have access to university support resources in order to further support you transition from ITE into your first teaching role.

‘Transition into employment as an early career teacher (ECT) is particularly strong.’ Ofsted, 2022

For full course details, please see the York St John University website: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/education/primary-education-university-centred-pgce/

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 only accept equivalency tests from www.equivalencytesting.com

Offers will be subject to passing the equivalency test with a level 4 or above

Other requirements

You must obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and if appropriate, an overseas check.

You will need to pass our additional safeguarding checks including a prohibition check and other checks in line with the Government Keeping Children Safe in Education policy. This will include a right to work in the UK check.

A satisfactory medical report is also required.

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 £13,000

Interview process

Interviews take place face to face, on site at the university campus.

Please note that we do not currently offer an online alternative to the face to face interview. All applicants must attend in person.

Please see our website for further details regarding the interview process. https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/applicants/interviews/primary-education-and-pgce/#pgce-primary-uc

In your invitation to interview, you will be sent a safeguarding declaration from. This must be returned prior to your interview taking place.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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)

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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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