Yorkshire Anglican Teaching School Alliance
Primary (39F8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a primary school teacher, then studying our one-year Primary Education PGCE with QTS or our PGCE Primary Education with QTS (Early Years and Key Stage 1) could be for you. Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils either in the 3-7 age range or in the 5-11 age range.

You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum. You’ll develop a deep understanding of issues related to inclusion as well as a critical understanding of educational policy. Other themes include how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You’ll research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary education and will begin to develop your own educational philosophy.

A significant amount of your learning will take place in our partnership schools. You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and supportive mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Interview process

You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. All interviews include a university and school based element. The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability to train to teach:

• You will have an interview with a member of the course team which includes a prepared presentation of a poem.

• You will be asked to prepare and lead an activity with a small group of children in one of our partnership schools

• You will complete a short Maths and English test to enable us to evaluate your skills.

How school placements work

For all trainees, their school based training is the central element of their initial teacher education. You will undertake at least two compulsory placements as part of your course and will spend at least 120 days in at least two schools.

You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in primary education. You’ll have the support of mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.

Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of practice.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

The tuition fee for PGCE students in 2019/20 is £9,250. Find out more information about financial support available to PGCE students on the UCAS website.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.

You apply for the tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.

When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.



• Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject - this could be a National Curriculum subject or an area relevant to childhood education. If you have an overseas degree, we’ll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.

• GCSE English Maths and a Science at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE scheme.

• You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy by 31 August 2019, we ask that you register for the tests before interview.

Personal qualities

• Enthusiasm & desire to inspire people

• Commitment to helping every child make the most of their talents

• Excellent communication & inter-personal skills

• Resilience, willingness to receive & act on advice

• Professionalism & a realistic understanding of the role of a primary school teacher

• Ability to manage time effectively

• Evidence of self-motivation in personal learning

Please spend some time gaining experience in a primary school to give you a greater insight into your career choice & help you decide whether teaching is right for you. Other areas of experience may also support your application.

Other requirements

• You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards.

• You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate, or have graduated in the past three years, one should be a university/college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.

• Offers are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. You will need to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health & physical capacity to teach.

About the training provider

Yorkshire Anglican TSA are proud to be working in partnership with The Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University

We work with Partnership schools across local authorities which means we can offer a diverse selection of schools and a contrasting experience which supports your learning & development.

What our trainees say:-

We have a strong track record of success. Trainees make very good progress, are well supported to achieve success & demonstrate good/outstanding outcomes at the end of their placements with us. 100% of trainees of trainees who qualified in 2018 were employed.

"When applying for my School Direct placement, I was initially attracted to Scissett CE Academy because of the school's location and its ethos. During my interview I felt that the staff effectively assessed my abilities and provided me with a great deal of information for me to start my teacher training journey." Alec Ross Bower former trainee.

"My training experience at Scissett CE Academy has given me the tools to become an enthusiastic, creative & driven primary school teacher. The support and guidance I received throughout my training was excellent and all staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. Within my placements I was given broad opportunities to develop my classroom, behaviour management, teaching style & subject knowledge, always with the consistent support of my mentor. From my experience I would highly recommend Scissett CE Academy to any potential applicant." Chloe James former trainee

About the accredited body

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled primary teachers In fact, they train over 1,500 teachers together with local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers. Together our academics, researchers and schools work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Well-being and Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions, mobility/physical disabilities, hearing & visual impairments, and social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues. Our aim is to work with you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you're capable of. For more information please email disability@hud.ac.uk

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as a provider of school-based teacher training and have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.

Although each of our partner schools has differing access arrangements, all schools are Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.

We encourage you to talk to us; we always try to place you in a school that meets your needs and provide you with all the support you need to become a successful teacher.

Contact details

Wakefield Road
West Yorkshire


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