Calderdale Teaching School Alliance
Primary (2HR7)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
York St John 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

The programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation) and within each phase, you are expected to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy through relating theory to practice. Academic work will run alongside the school-centred programme of training. Modules include: Understanding Learning and Teaching and School Experience, Emerging Professional and School Experience, Early Years and Primary Curriculum.

School experience will closely complement taught elements of the programme, ensuring that student teachers, through reflection, observation and related tasks, are able to deepen their pedagogical knowledge.

Calderdale Teaching School Alliance and YSJU staff work closely together to support you in developing your professional practice and provide excellent opportunities for you to engage with professional issues related to both the primary curriculum and wider educational issues. The provision of training is integrated to ensure that developing professional practice is underpinned by knowledge and understanding of educational theory and current local, national and international research. All modules will be delivered by a combination of school and University-based staff.

The education and training programme ensures that you fulfil the requirements of the current teachers’ standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. The programme encourages you to engage critically with educational issues to enable you to develop as reflective practitioners who are able to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the diverse needs of pupils in primary schools. This is done through a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies, including active learning and enquiry-based learning, which is considered essential in both modelling effective learning and teaching practice and also for equipping you with the skills that are essential for your continuing development as newly qualified teachers.

On this programme you are also provided with opportunities to consider how pupils from diverse backgrounds and in challenging contexts can be supported within educational settings. This aspect of education is embedded within your training and you will consider a range of current issues.

You are supported throughout the programme to further develop subject knowledge and your understanding of current educational policy and initiatives. School-based staff are involved in the development of the programme and this collaborative approach is key to the development of the school-centred route; it reflects effective practice on the university-centred route and also supports our quality assurance processes.

Interview process

Parkinson Lane Community Primary School is the lead school in the Calderdale Teaching School Alliance and will co-ordinate and participate in the recruitment process with York St John University. Applications will be shortlisted and the selection process takes place in schools with the involvement of school and university staff.

The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough. It is designed to enable the Calderdale Teaching School Alliance and York St John University assess candidates' suitability for training and to appoint the best candidates for the places available.

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process, for example the personal statement, references, detailed breakdown of degree content, details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications, evidence of prior experience and achievements.

At interview candidates will be required to engage with pupils in delivering a teaching task and undertake other tasks which assess your suitability to teach. This will also include a formal interview to further explore the candidate's subject knowledge, knowledge of primary education and suitability for training.

After the Selection Event, participating staff will collectively consider each candidate's suitability for a place on the course. Candidates will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

How school placements work

The Calderdale Teaching School Alliance PGCE Primary School Direct programme is full time over the academic year (September - July). This course is run in partnership with York St John University and covers the 3 – 11 age range. Candidates can choose to focus on either the 3 – 7 or 7 – 11 age range. It is a postgraduate qualification which carries recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The training programme consists of experience in two schools of the Calderdale Teaching School Alliance combined with taught sessions of subject knowledge, pedagogy and academic assignments at the university and partnership schools. You will have a comprehensive induction prior to commencing the course.

Placements involve opportunities to observe teaching, to work collaboratively, and to progressively increase the percentage of independent teaching. We feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start of your training. You will also attend school meetings e.g. staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context.

There is strong support provided by school staff and mentors and university staff. The Calderdale Teaching School Alliance, partner schools and the university work together to ensure that student teachers become creative educators in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The key aim of the PGCE primary programme is to deliver a high quality, current and relevant programme of training that equips you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes that you need to become outstanding teachers and leaders in our local and national primary schools.


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

The tuition fees for the Calderdale Teaching School Alliance programme are £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 advice can also be provided by York St John University Funding Advice Team, please use the following e-mail:



GCSEs or (YSJU approved equivalent) at Grade C/Grade 4 or above

GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Honours degree 2:1 or above from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent. 2.2 degrees may be considered.

Candidates must pass professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before commencing the course.

It is desirable that you should have at least two weeks relevant and recent (within the last two years) primary classroom experience before you apply.

Successful candidates must undertake an enhanced DBS criminal records check and complete a medical questionnaire in order to assess your fitness to teach.

Personal qualities

Candidates will have an enthusiasm to teach primary age children and will have some recent knowledge and understanding of primary education. Successful candidates will also have an ability to organise planning, teaching and classroom management; to reflect on their training experience and develop as critical professionals; to integrate their teaching approach and delivery with cross-curricular initiatives; to express ideas clearly and succinctly using appropriate language; to show personal initiative and work well with all stakeholders; to demonstrate an understanding of wider professional issues within education; to have a love of learning and to communicate this to pupils.

Contact details

Parkinson Lane
West Yorkshire


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