Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP)
Primary (5-11) (25YM)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University
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

This SSELP School Direct course (25YM) is for graduates who are passionate about training to teach primary school pupils in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. At the end of the course you will be qualified to teach across the primary phase and be prepared to teach all subjects across the primary curriculum.

Your course will consist of:

  • School based training days, across 2 consecutive age-phases, which will take place in SSELP School Direct schools.

Workshops, led by skilled practitioners at SSELP SD.

Seminars and lectures led by Sheffield Hallam University.

This one year PGCE primary course is divided into 3 terms.

The first term, from September to Christmas consists of school based professional practice in your Home school and culminates in a 6 week assessed block placement. Outside of the 6 week assessed block placement period your week will be comprise of: 3 days of school based training, 1 day of SSELP SD workshops and 1 day at Sheffield Hallam University.

The second term from January to March, is referred to as the Alternative Placement. Here, you will attend a different SSELP SD school as well as attend the SSELP SD workshops and university and have the opportunity to visit a secondary school, Early Years provision and Special Needs school.

The third term, from March to June, will be based back at your Home school but will be in an alternative key stage. You will complete your final 8 week assessed block placement.

Course support.

During the course you will be allocated one of our highly trained

mentors who will guide and support you through the school based training element of the course. You will also be provided with an experienced SHU academic tutor who will offer support with your academic studies including your 2 masters’ assignments. Further support will come from your SSELP SD course lead, SHU course lead and a university Link Tutor.

Course assessment:

You will complete 2 assessed Block placements within your Home school and will be assessed by your mentor overseen by your SSELP SD course lead and a University Link Tutor. You will need to demonstrate that you have met all the Teaching Standards.

You will also need to complete 2 masters’ level assignments together with academic assignments.


Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) together with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) with masters’ credits (60 credits).

Interview process

You will need to apply through UCAS. Simply look for Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) or search for code 1N7. Next, you will need to select the course you would like. If you would like to teach primary school pupils aged 5 – 11 years (KS1 and KS2) look for the course code 25YM

Once we have received your application it will be reviewed at a SSELP School Direct short listing meeting and if successful, you will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview process consists of a short 20 minute teaching activity, two twenty minute tests in basic maths and English skills and an interview. The interview panel will be made up of a minimum of 2 SSELP senior leaders.

The outcome of the interview process will be communicated to you within 24 hours by a phone call and by email. UCAS will then be updated.

How school placements work

All SSELP School Direct schools are geographically close together, located in the South East area of Sheffield. This means that distances you need to travel between schools and Sheffield Hallam University will always be relatively short.

SSELP School Direct is comprised of 18 schools: 14 primary, 1 special school, 1 Early Years school and 2 secondary schools. You will be allocated your Home school place in the summer term before you start your course and you will have the opportunity to meet other students on your SSELP School Direct course, your school based mentor and classroom teacher, and visit your Home school before the start of the summer holidays. This means that you will feel well prepared before starting in September.

Placements are selected after talking to you about your requirements and training needs. We then select the best school to meet your needs and inform you and the Home schools before the summer holidays.

The school placement works on an ABA pattern. You will spend the first part of your course, up to Christmas, in your Home school. This is called Block Placement 1. After Christmas you will go to a different SSELP school for your Alternative placement before returning to your Home school in March for your Block Placement 2. You will be required to experience both Key Stages so each Home school placement will be in a different key stage. In total you will spend approximately 107 days in your Home school and 24 days in your Alternative Placement School. The remainder of the course will be split between 15 Workshop days at SSELP School Direct and approximately 22 days at lectures and seminars at Sheffield Hallam University. After completion of your course you will spend one week in your employing school and this is referred to as the NQT week.


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

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

Financial support is available to you. You could receive tuition fee loans and maintenance loans to help fund your training.

To find out more visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available to you.

Also visit Sheffield Hallam University student finance for excellent support and information at



To apply for this course you will need to have;

Achieved a degree level qualification at a 2.2 or above before starting the course.

Achieved a maths, English and Science GCSE grade C or above or equivalence before starting the course.

Passed the Government’s Skills Tests in Literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

Personal qualities

We will be looking for people who can demonstrate a passion for training to teach in the primary sector. Students need to understand, to some extent, what teaching is all about. We are looking for energetic, inspirational, dedicated and hard-working individuals who want to enter teaching because they want to make the lives of the young people in our community, better.

About the training provider

Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) School Direct is a collaboration of 18 schools situated in South East Sheffield. The schools work collaboratively to enhance ITT provision and to provide outstanding training and career opportunities. We work in close partnership with Sheffield Hallam University with the aim of sharing and promoting excellent standards and practice in primary education.

SSELP Schools are proud to represent a wide variety of catchment areas, with many being multicultural, which enables us to offer a wide range of varied training experiences across a diverse network of schools. Many SSELP schools are recognised as centres of excellent practice, offering school to school support and leading on school improvement projects across Sheffield and beyond. Practice within our schools is firmly based on action research and we continually strive to implement the outcomes of educational research.

We offer School Direct Initial Teacher Training for graduates looking to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) and PGCE qualifications with master's credits in primary education.

Three courses are on offer:

Primary (5 - 11 years) Course code: 25YM

Primary with Early Years (3 - 7 years) Course code: 2SBT

Primary with PE specialism (5 - 11 years) Course code: 38P8

Our aim is to provide outstanding ITT training leading to long term career prospects in one of our SSELP schools. Over the past four years, a high percentage of our graduates have found employment within our schools and have excelled within their NQT year and beyond.

About the accredited body

Sheffield Hallam University, judged as "Outstanding" by Ofsted, is the fourth largest provider of School Direct training nationally and the largest in the region. Sheffield Hallam University fully supports and works in close partnership with school directs whilst providing academic rigour and expertise.

As a student this means that you will get all the advantages of working with an outstanding university together with all the advantages of working with SSELP School Direct, an experienced and successful School Direct provider.

Training with disabilities and other needs

SSELP is dedicated to respecting, valuing, and supporting all our trainees, colleagues and pupils. Every person within our community of schools is treated as an equal regardless of disability or need.

We believe that everyone within our community has an important contribution to make to our schools whether that be in the classroom or in shaping the wider culture and ethos of our schools.

You have the choice whether you disclose your disability or need to SSELP School Direct or directly to your school. However, disclosure means that we then have the opportunity to put in the support you require to enable you to succeed and reach your full potential during your initial teacher training course.

Contact details

Norfolk Community Primary School
Guildford Avenue
S2 2PJ


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1N7
  • Training programme code: 25YM

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Sheffield South East Learning Partnership
Wybourn CPS, Manor Oaks Road, Sheffield S2 5ED
Yes S

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