Primary with St Hugh's School Accredited provider: York St John University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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

St Hugh's School is a National Teaching School and the lead organisation within the Leading Learning Forward Teaching School Alliance. We have a partnership with schools across North and North East Lincolnshire schools, in all phases (primary, secondary and special) and share skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve the learning and achievement of young people across North Lincolnshire.

Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE is a one year full-time programme based in our partnership schools. Our programmes last for one academic year (September 2018 - June 2019), during which time you will undertake high quality school placements within our Teaching School Alliance.

You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by our Alliance Schools and York St John University partners.

Our Initial Teacher Training programmes have been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.

Leading Learning Forward Teaching School Alliance is looking to recruit high quality Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE candidates across our lead schools for the 2019-20 academic year.

We have 6 Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE places available to start in September 2019 in association with our HEI training provider, York St John University.

Two modules are studied at Masters Level. The first includes professional issues including child development, planning, learning teaching and assessment, behaviour management and meeting individual needs.

You will be provided with the opportunity to consider how learners from diverse cultural backgrounds can be supported within education and care settings. This aspect of education is embedded through all modules where diversity is considered in order to meet the needs of all learners in all subjects and within the Early Years.

You will study, for example, current issues pertaining to inclusion, ethnicity, English as an Additional Language (EAL), SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and the way in which settings cater for children of a range of abilities. Aspects such as behaviour and classroom management, vital to the practice of the outstanding class teacher, are covered across a variety of sessions in all modules.

Please visit the York St John University Primary PGCE (School Direct)webpage for more information:

Interview process

Interviews for Primary PGCE (School Direct) places with St Hugh's School and Leading Learning Forward TSA are conducted by York St John University through their teacher training application process.

The assessment day provides us with the opportunity to meet with prospective students to find out why they have applied for the course, and to discuss in more detail the information provided on their application form. It also gives applicants an opportunity to talk about themselves, and to demonstrate their practical and academic skills relevant to the programme through a variety of tasks.

Activities will involve a teaching activity where you will be asked to plan a whole class or group lesson. You will also be observed interacting with a group of children and consideration will be given to your ability to support learning.

You will take part in group/individual interviews and be asked to reflect on your teaching activity. You will also be asked to respond to an academic article and demonstrate your potential to study at Masters Level.

Assessments are made during the day regarding your commitment to and understanding of primary education, your potential to successfully meet the demands of the programme, personal and intellectual qualities and your ability to communicate effectively with adults and children in a school context.

Please see the UCAS website for more information about how to apply for School Direct initial teacher training starting in September 2019.

How school placements work

Successful applicants will be allocated to appropriate primary schools for their teacher training placements. These schools will be within North and North East Lincolnshire.

Within this area we have Infant Schools, Junior Schools and 5-11 Primary Schools. You will be given at least 2 different schools for your Teacher Training Placements.

Within the partnership we have 15 available primary schools.

The PGCE Primary programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation. Within each phase you will follow a similar pattern of learning to that of a ‘spiral curriculum’. This is to enable you to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy by relating theory to practice.

Alongside academic assignments, you will be assessed in three school experience placements: these again follow the introductory, development and consolidation phases. The nature of these placements enables you to progress effectively by building upon your skills as student teachers.

The PGCE School Direct is a school-based programme. Student teachers are based in one school for the majority of the year with a shorter second school placement.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,500

Please contact York St John University for more information or visit the website:

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are:

These are:

An Honours degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent (Ordinary degrees cannot be accepted). Successful applicants will normally have an 2:1 honours degree;

GCSE in English (or York St John University approved equivalent) at Grade C/Level 4 or above;

GCSE in Mathematics (or the GCSE award from at Grade C/Level 4 or above;

GCSE in Science (or York St John University approved equivalent including GCSE Human Physiology, GCSE Human Biology, Intermediate GNVQ Science or the GCSE award from at Grade C/Level 4 or above.

Personal qualities

Applicants for Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE with St Hugh's School and York St John University should be able to demonstrate commitment to and understanding of primary education, potential to successfully meet the demands of the programme, personal and intellectual qualities and the ability to communicate effectively with adults and children in a school context.

Other requirements

In addition, applicants must also:

Satisfy the institution that they have the intellectual capability for the demands of teaching.

Take part in an interview designed to assess their suitability to teach.

Obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check.

Obtain a satisfactory medical report.

Contact details

Bushfield Road
North Lincolnshire


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: 1RZ
  • Training programme code: 27F5

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site St Hugh's School,, A National Teaching School, Bushfield Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1NB

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