Waterton Academy Trust
Primary (5-11) (2ZVW)

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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

If you are considering starting a rewarding career in teaching where you can make a real difference in the lives of young children, come and find our what Waterton can offer you!

You’ll learn how effective teaching can impact a child’s educational progress, developing teaching skills informed by theory and subject knowledge. You’ll apply your knowledge in a classroom setting, working in all areas of the national curriculum. You’ll understand the roles and responsibilities of a teacher and develop the professional skills of planning, teaching and assessing learning, as well as how to build effective relationships with children.

As a partnership led course you will split your learning between placement schools and with Leeds Trinity University. The advantage of the School Based Training route is that you will spend a greater proportion of your time working within schools and a significant proportion of the training is delivered bespoke to the Waterton cohort by outstanding current practitioners.

During the year you will have blocks of training at the Leeds Trinity Campus, focusing on the teaching of English, Maths, Science and Masters level Professional Studies.

When in school, training will focus on a range of teacher knowledge and curriculum areas including:

  • Being a research led practitioner
  • Effective classroom organisation and behaviour management
  • Managing important relationships with adults
  • All National Curriculum subjects including extended PE training, Forest School and Drama

Interview process

Appropriately qualified candidates will be invited to interview at one of our schools.

You will be asked to prepare a teaching activity to deliver to a group of children.

You will then have an interview with teaching colleagues from our schools which will encourage reflections on your chosen activity and questions which will help us understand the depth of your commitment to teaching as a profession.

How school placements work

Each successful candidate with be allocated a 'Home' school where you will spend the majority of the year learning. In that school you will carry out two block placements, including your final placement which plays the significant role in your final assessments for QTS. You will also carry out an alternative placement in another school within the Trust, ensuring that you have a wider view of school life.

As a Primary 5 to 11 PGCE, we will ensure that you teach a range of ages during the year, with placements that may include Reception, KS1 and KS2.

With 12 schools within our Trust, we have a range of community characteristic which provides our trainees with a full and robust understanding of many of the challenges facing teachers in England.


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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • First degree from a UK Higher Education Institution at 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualification
  • A standard equivalent to a grace C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science
  • Relevant experience in the age phase you intend to teach
  • A good understanding of issues in education
  • A pass in both the literacy and numeracy skills test

Personal qualities

We look to bring people with a passion for teaching into our schools. Successful applicants have been able to share this in their interviews, including how they have ensured that they had tested their affinity to working with young children through volunteer roles or through working with children.

Successful candidates have been able to communicate clearly and in a manner that engages their audience

Other requirements

Waterton Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

The suitability of all prospective trainees will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.

This will include appropriate references, identity checks and an enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

Waterton Academy Trust is made up of a group of Primary Schools in the Wakefield District. Within our schools we can offer placements, support and opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to become great teachers.

What Waterton can offer:

  • Proven track record of bringing teachers into the profession through high quality Initial Teacher Training
  • Expertise and enthusiasm across the cluster in the professional development of all education staff
  • Opportunities for trainees to learn about and experience the special features of each partner school through School Experience Days
  • Experienced mentors and tutors who will provide personalised support across the placements
  • Opportunities to develop as a group of Waterton trainees during all training and placements

By choosing to train within a close partnership such as ours, you will benefit from being treated as part of our family from day one. We are committed to training great teachers as a key block in building great schools for our pupils and community. In 2018 66% of our trainees who successfully completed their PGCE went on to become full-time teachers in our schools.

Come and visit us at our stand at the PGCE Open Days

To find out more visit our website

If you are considering starting a rewarding career in teaching where you can make a real difference in the lives of young children, come and find our what Waterton can offer you!

About the accredited body

Leeds Trinity University provides additional enhancement experiences in our offer of Masters level PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status with Waterton Academy Trust.

Leeds Trinity University is widely respected for teacher training among universities, schools, colleges and expert practitioners in education. Our reputation for excellence has led to the establishment of relationships with school partners such as Waterton Academy Trust. Their schools offer a range of expertise in early years and primary teaching, and along with the staff at Leeds Trinity you will be supported, challenged and inspired by a range of outstanding teachers with a wealth of experience.

Training with disabilities and other needs

In Partnership with Leeds Trinity, we can provide advice and additional support to students with a range of disabilities. These include:

  • dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • visual and hearing impairments
  • physical or mobility difficulties
  • mental health conditions

All of our school sites are fully accessible for wheel chair users. The campus buildings at Leeds Trinity ​ have been developed to include:

  • platform lifts for wheelchair users
  • automatic doors
  • adapted fire alarms for students with hearing impairments

Contact details

01924 865146
Crofton House
High Street
West Yorkshire


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: 2EL
  • Training programme code: 2ZVW

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
Castleford Road, Normanton WF6 1QU
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