Primary (3BLD)

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

Candidates are taught mainly in schools. You will be placed in two schools for your training. The first will be an introduction to teaching, working from teachers planning and developing some independence. Before the end of the first term you will move to your second placement at a new school. Here you will be expected to show increasing independence in planning and delivery of quality lessons. Your final block will be a chance to show the full range of skills you have learned throughout the year.

Each candidate will be allocated a school based mentor. You will work with the mentor, receiving weekly tutorials to celebrate successes and work on areas of weakness. Your mentor will work with you to jointly agree standards and grades.

Training days will take place at most of the 17 schools in our partnership. This will enable you to spend time in all schools and receive the specialist training from each school.

As nearly all of our previous trainees have secured jobs within our partnership, it also allows you to find the school that best meets your personality and teaching style.

Leeds Trinity University run training sessions regularly throughout your course.

Interview process

After applying for this course, you may be invited to interview. This will take place at the lead school, Cobden Primary. The interview will consist of several elements:

a guided tour of the school

a short teaching task such as sharing a book with a small group of children and carrying out an associated task

an interview with the chance to discuss the teaching

On many occasions, an offer to join the partnership will be made on the day.

How school placements work

You will be placed in two schools for your three practices. At least one will be in KS2 and another in KS1. We are lucky to have a large number of schools (17) in the west and north of Leeds. A preference form is used to gather your circumstances. This will enable us to place you in a convenient school.

The distance you will be expected to travel is dependent on your circumstances. Factors such as home address, mobility, having a car will always be taken into consideration.


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.



GSCE English, Maths and Science grade C is required. There are many qualifications that offer equivalent grading. There are also options to sit equivalence tests. For more information about this, please contact Leeds Trinity University.

About the training provider

The Pathways Partnership comprises a group of 17 Leeds schools working in a diverse range of social contexts. ​We are committed to providing first-class learning opportunities for children and adults to develop the next generation of inspirational teachers.

​Pathways Partnership provides a high quality route into effective teaching, supporting you in your career as a student, an NQT and beyond. Previous trainee teachers within the partnership have been successfully employed in our schools, with an NQT programme to ensure that they continue to flourish as professionals in this exciting world of primary education.

All the schools in our partnership believe that the most effective way to train teachers is through the School Direct route.

Our programme provides trainees with a weekly experience in a ‘host’ and ‘home’ school. Academic rigour is provided by a post graduate course with study at masters level. The partnership provides a range of professional development days and training across all the 17 schools, including supporting trainees with job applications.

As many of our trainees will secure their first teaching posts at one of our partnership schools, we are keen to invest heavily in the training programme, thereby ‘growing our own’ teachers of the future.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic individuals who are passionate about teaching and learning. Candidates need to be reflective, evaluative and clearly focused on their own professional development. Successful candidates will have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with all colleagues in school.

The range and variety of school within our partnership, enables us to place you with the most appropriate setting. Individual needs of students are taken into consideration when placing you in a school, building upon your strengths while ensuring that any needs are catered for.

Previous school experience, both voluntary and paid work, will provide candidates with a realistic picture of life in school and the challenges and rewards of teaching.

Contact details

Cobden Road
West Yorkshire
LS12 5LA


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