Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust
Primary (2ZMN)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

We believe that the most effective path to becoming an outstanding teacher is a gradual one working alongside experienced classroom practitioners. The course is filled with support and opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice in stages. That’s why we’ve designed our course to give you as much class and school based experience as possible.

You will be based in two of our partner schools over the year. All of the schools within the partnership are based in Teesside and are Good and Outstanding.

Stage one – Introduction to teaching

You’ll spend your first few months in a Good or Outstanding Primary school. Each Friday you will receive professional development : delivered by expert teachers, currently teaching, and also by experienced professionals from Leeds Trinity University.

All of the training and professional development is delivered in school so you can see theory into practice.

Stages 2 and 3 - Developing Your Classroom teaching and Learning Skills

Late in the autumn term you will then move to your main school where you will spend the remainder of the year - working in contrasting key stages and contrasting year groups to give you as much experience as possible.

This professional support will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the curriculum and good practice and pedagogy.

Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy:

In these sessions, our subject teacher experts will give you a good understanding of what it means to teach across the curriculum. You’ll study the school curriculum, and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You will learn directly from them.You’ll also learn how to plan sequences of learning that address your pupils’ needs so that you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.

Throughout the course your experience and confidence will grow. Your school based mentors are always available for support and guidance.

Teaching is a challenging profession. Our aim is for you to be prepared for the challenges ahead so you will flourish in your careers.

Interview process

You will be notified through UCAS Track or directly from the lead school, St Patrick's, if you’ve been invited to an interview.

You’ll have an individual interview with senior members of staff, which will vary depending on the course you’ve applied for.

You will be notified of the date, time and the location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully.

How school placements work

Our lead school will source your placements, taking into account your passions, preferences and personal circumstances.

You will start your first school placement immediately in September, giving you direct and relevant experience. You’ll work closely with your school-based subject mentor. you will be based in one class with an experienced, supportive teacher. every Friday you will receive Professional Development within school.

In November , you’ll complete a second placement in a different school. This will help you deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school and with pupils you will get to know really well. This offers an opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.

During your second placement, you’ll spend at least ten weeks in a new school teaching more lessons with support from your mentor. You’ll become a more independent practitioner.

You’ll stay in the same school until the summer term. You will move classes in the same school at the beginning of the summer term. You will therefore have experience in teaching in two separate key stages and with three different year groups. Having extended experience in the same placement means you’ll be able to develop your practice well, build relationships and show that you’re having a positive impact on your pupils.

Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a school-based mentor. These mentors are trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your training and assess your progress against the Teachers’ standards. You’ll also have a subject and link tutor at Leeds Trinity, who will visit you at school. They will provide quality assurance for your training and offer any support and advice you may need


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

UK & EU Students:

Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2017–18. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.

English and EU students can apply and find out more information at This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • Honours degree at 2:2 or above
  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) English and Mathematics

For non UK qualifications you will need a NARIC statement of comparability

Personal qualities

We’re committed to training outstanding teachers that will make a huge difference to the lives of those they teach. As such, we are looking for candidates that have:

  • The personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in schools.
  • The commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a secondary teacher
  • The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.

We treat every applicant on their own merits and value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Other requirements

Applications are enhanced by evidence of some experience in a school but it is not a condition for application.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check, sign a declaration that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children.

About the training provider

You will be trained only in ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ schools to develop you into a teacher. St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary is the lead school within the partnership and the school has a wealth of experience in training potential teachers. You will be working alongside, receiving support and benefiting from the guidance of experienced classroom practitioners.

Your class-based learning is complemented through a comprehensive professional development programme led in partnership with Leeds Trinity University. This programme will be delivered by experienced teachers with current and relevant curriculum expertise. Almost all of the professional development programme is delivered within school so trainees can see how the theory is delivered within a classroom and school setting.

St. Patricks works in close partnership with its partner schools: Christ the King, Thornaby; St Therese of Lisieux, Ingleby Barwick; St Augustine's in Coulby Newham and St Alphonsus, Middlesbrough. This partnership’s role is to support trainees so they gain the experience, skills and knowledge to become highly effective classroom practitioners. You will be based in tow of these schools during your training.

Our role is simple: to support and help our trainees so they can enter the teaching profession well prepared. Being a successful teacher can be challenging, but the rewards are immense. Our ultimate aim is to nurture and develop our next generation of teachers so they bring positive outcomes to our schools and to the children and families they serve


Please contact us for more information.

About the accredited body

Leeds has worked in close partnership with St Patrick’s for many years. Experienced tutors will support you and deliver professional development to our trainees to give them a secure theoretical background.

Leeds Trinity University was established in 1966 Over the last 50 years, the Institute has evolved and developed to become an acclaimed university with a diverse education offer, but their Catholic faith foundation remains central to our activities.

They are committed to ensuring everyone in the community feels valued – Catholics, those of other Christian denominations or religions and those who don't profess a faith.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All of the schools are inclusive schools. We recognise that disabilities and other needs can be wide ranging and diverse, therefore we offer bespoke support to individuals to meet their needs.

Contact details

01642 676724
St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School
Westbury St
Stockton on Tees


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: 2DW
  • Training programme code: 2ZMN

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
Main Site
Westbury Street, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6NE
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