Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Teacher Training

If you would like to become a teacher and teach in the British state education system, you must attain qualified teacher status (QTS), by completing an initial teacher training (ITT) course.

The School of Education provides teacher training to QTS status for graduates under two routes:

1. University-based training

You apply to study for a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

A PGCE is a one year full-time programme that leads to qualified teacher status. Although you will acquire direct teaching experience through work placements within primary or secondary schools, the university in which you study will administer your training programme.

We usually offer six very popular PGCE courses. However, we are not offering places for 2015-16 following an Ofsted inspection which highlighted areas for improvement. We are planning to reinstate the provision for 2016 entry. Please check back on the status of our teacher training programmes around September 2015.

Find out what our PGCE programmes would entail.

2. School-based training

You apply to study for a School Direct PGCE.

The University of Leeds works in partnership with schools across the region. Our School Direct PGCE is the same as the University based PGCE with the benefit of additional enrichment activities in schools looking at current issues in teaching and learning.

We usually have six very popular PGCE courses including a Primary 3-7 course, this is available only through School Direct. Please note that we are not offering places for 2015-16 following an Ofsted inspection which highlighted areas for improvement. We are planning to reinstate the provision for 2016 entry. Please check back on the status of our teacher training programmes around September 2015.

School information

The School of Education works with a number of partners delivering, or planning to deliver, School Direct teacher training.

School Direct allows your school to directly recruit and train new teachers. You can then employ these newly qualified teachers in your own school or a school within your alliance or partnership.

How I became a teacher

Neil Rickus, School of Education PGCE tutor, talks to the Guardian about his career move from Vodafone to primary school teacher.

Read Neil's interview

Laura DixonI feel really passionate about opening mind-sets and widening horizons, which a modern foreign language definitely does.

Laura Dixon

PGCE School Direct Open Day

Come and find out more about studying a PGCE with the University of Leeds and its School Direct partners.

PGCE School Direct Open Day

Ceri RestrickI enjoy learning from other trainees through micro teaching during seminars and method sessions. I appreciate hearing from guest speakers who work in a diverse range of different schools and education sectors.

Ceri Restrick

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