Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT
Drama (37HR)

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

You will be based in a school four days a week from the start of term in September. Working alongside your subject mentor, you will identify your current level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers, other teaching experiences and training activities leading to delivering whole class.

Throughout the year you will have one day per week at the central training base in Heckmondwike (or visiting schools, colleges or other educational establishments). The programme is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing Sensory Rooms in local Special Schools and Voice Projection workshops. Our trainees have also benefited from our Mindfulness and Yoga sessions to support their personal well-being.

You will also benefit from 10 additional Subject Specific Training days which will give you the opportunity to further enhance your subject knowledge with other subject specialist trainees.

By the end of the training year you will be fully equipped to deliver your subject from Year 7 pupils to Year 11 including the GCSE specification.

In order to gain Qualified Teach er Status (QTS) you have to be judged competent against the Teacher Standards

For Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT this involves:

  • 3 Evidence Bundles (these are training activities which focus on a group of standards)
  • 2 Assignments (these form the concluding part of the Evidence bundle)
  • Tutor visit reports - your Tutor will visit you half-termly
  • 3 Periodic Reports - your school will write a report at the end of each term

Interview process

If you are selected for interview, you will be asked to prepare a task to bring to your interview and should expect to undertake a written task on the day.

You will be invited to an interview by a small panel comprising a Partnership tutor and a senior colleague from one of our partner schools.

You will be expected to answer a range of questions which are designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.

You will need to bring to interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity.

You will be asked to complete a short exercise to demonstrate your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

If you are successful at the partnership interview you will be offered a place.

If you accept, you will be recommended to a partner school as a prospective trainee.

When a school is confirmed as the host school you should expect to be interviewed by the school, following its recruitment and selection processes.

Before commencing the programme you will sign a contract between you, the host school and the Partnership.

You will have had a satisfactory criminal background check and all other requisite checks will be carried out.

Formal offers of SCITT places will be made by Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and not by individual schools.

How school placements work

You will be placed in a school which we feel will fully support you in your subject specialism.

You are training to teach 11-16 age range but some of our schools do have 6th forms which obviously enhances your training opportunity.

You will spend most of the year in one school with a second experience in a contrasting school (usually Christmas to February half term).

We try to take into consideration the location of our trainees and their placement schools to assist in their daily commute.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,500
EU students £7,500

We offer 2 options

£7500 for Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS)

£9000 for QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



All qualifications must be gained by the start of the course. We will consider applications from people who are finishing a qualification but any offer would be fully subject to the successful completion of relevant qualifications.

  • GCSE Maths and English at least Grade C/4 or equivalent
  • A UK Bachelors degree or equivalent
  • A NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas

For Secondary, degrees are usually, though not exclusively, relevant to the subjects to be taught. We may request you undertake an SKE course to increase your subject knowledge.

Personal qualities

A commitment to teaching and learning

Understanding of children as learners

A clear educational philosophy

Understanding of educational issues

A knowledge/understanding of the subject specialism within the curriculum

A satisfactory standard of written/spoken English

Ability to use ICT, establish effective working relationships and take responsibility for own professional development

Understanding of the demands of this school based route into teaching


You should demonstrate that you have recent experience working with primary or secondary-age children (relevant to the phase of your application)

Recent experience of your subject in a secondary school or of the National Curriculum in a primary school.

Other requirements

Before starting on the course you will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

You will also be subject to the following checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, DBS check, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration.

About the training provider

We are an established and successful teacher training provider and have been training teachers across West Yorkshire since 2003, rated 'Good' in our Ofsted Inspection in 2015.

As a trainee you will benefit from experienced mentors in school, supporting you on a daily basis. This runs alongside highly regarded tutors and core team who ensure your training year is a positive and successful experience in becoming a qualified teacher.

Our trainees are placed in a whole range of schools across Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford which ensures a real diverse mix of schools, catering for our trainees as far as their location, strengths, needs and skills.

You will be based four days in school and one day at our central base for the core programme. On this day will benefit from the expertise of a range of trainers who have both local and national reputations, delivering sessions such as behaviour management, differentiation, planning, etc to ensure you develop as effective teachers. This also offers the opportunity for our trainees to network, share and support each other throughout the training year.

In addition to this, our Secondary trainees receive additional Subject knowledge days to enhance their confidence, knowledge and skills in their chosen subject.

We offer the option of either Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS) or QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.

For more information visit our website

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and all 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.

Contact details

01484 221177
Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT
Leeds Old Road
West Yorkshire
WF16 9BB


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