Primary with Northern Lights SCITT

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

This programme is full time and runs from September until the end of June.

The programme is divided into three stages all of which are delivered in the school setting:

Stage 1, from September to just before Christmas, includes an initial focus on both professional learning and subject knowledge/pedagogy and a placement in your first school which builds from two to four days a week.

Stage 2, from Christmas to March, includes further professional learning and subject studies and then a full time teaching placement in your second school.

Stage 3, from March to June, your placement in your second school resumes culminating in a 70% teaching timetable alongside additional student focussed activity. An enrichment block follows this placement with the opportunity to extend experience to a very different setting. Further professional learning days (about 5 in total) occur in the middle and end of this placement. This professional learning will include preparation and transition to employment.

Other enrichment opportunities are scheduled in March, focussing on key national priorities for example phonics teaching in primary school.

During the year and in teaching placements, trainees will be supported by school mentors and lead mentor. These are all experienced and current classroom practitioners.

Interview process

Senior staff from partnership schools will be involved in the selection process.

Interviews will be based in a school within the Alliance and will consist of a number of different elements. These will include working with a teacher and students in a classroom, a group discussion, a written task and a formal interview.

Through this process we assess applicants' knowledge of the teaching profession and their communication skills.

How school placements work

You will have two placements in alternative primary school settings. We have a wide range of partner primary schools located in clusters across North Yorkshire, Harrogate and Bradford.

You will be supported throughout by our Primary Lead Mentor the individual school mentor.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Minimum degree required: Lower Second

GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade C or above. (Leeds Trinity University offers its own internal Mathematics test to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have GCSE Maths.)

Successful completion of professional skills tests for trainee teachers.

A degree in any national curriculum or relevant subject preferably at 2:2 or above.

In addition to the above requirements, all applicants must meet the statutory requirements relating to DBS, medical and skills tests.

We expect applicants to have spent at least two weeks observing in their chosen sector.

Personal qualities

We are seeking to recruit future trainees with the ability and ambition to become highly skilled specialists in Primary or Foundation Stage education.

They will have a passion for teaching and for working with the diverse groups of children in schools across the Alliance.


We expect trainees to have an understanding of the key issues relating to teaching and learning in Primary education and to be able to reflect on their period of observation within their personal statement.

Other requirements

Successful completion of the professional skills tests prior to application will be an advantage.

About the training provider

Northern Lights has designed an exciting programme, throughout which trainees benefit from the very best “hands on” training and high quality professional development delivered by experienced members of staff from our Alliance schools. The SCITT is led by an outstanding school at the forefront of teaching and learning, ,Skipton Girls’ High School, at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and the other. Partner schools in rural North Yorkshire, the spa town of Harrogate, and the vibrant city of Bradford are subject hubs and offer teaching placements.

To develop their subject and curriculum knowledge, trainees will work in subject specific groups coming together periodically at Skipton Girls’ High School for the professional studies programme. These sessions will offer relevant, practical and up to date guidance for the classroom, whilst encouraging trainees to become reflective practitioners committed to improving teaching and learning in our schools.

Northern Lights SCITT will develop thinking, reflective, and brave teachers who will place the welfare and progress of their students at the centre of their practice. Trainees who successfully complete the course will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. As an integral part of the course, trainees will study Masters’ level modules which will lead to a PGCE and can be used as 60 credits towards an MA from Leeds Trinity University.

The Northern Lights ethos of reflective and collaborative professional development will seek to support our newly qualified teachers as they build their careers and move into leadership roles

Training with disabilities and other needs

Northern Lights SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief or socio-economic class.

Contact details

01756 707628
Skipton Girls' High School
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1QL


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: 255
  • Training programme code: 32C4

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 Skipton Girls' High School, Gargrave Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1QL

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