Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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.

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).

To qualify as a teacher with qualified teacher status (QTS), you need to complete 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 can 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 School of Education will administer your training programme.

Our School currently offers six PGCE courses.   

Update: our Primary PGCE Course is now full for 2014 entry but you can still apply to do a PGCE with the University of Leeds via the School Direct route.

2. School-based training

You can apply to study our PGCE via School Direct - places still available in Primary and most Secondary subjects.

The University of Leeds is offering our PGCE 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.

New programme

We have introduced a new Primary 3-7 course for September 2014. This is a University of Leeds PGCE which is available only through School Direct.

Information for schools

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.

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