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 two routes to QTS:
1. University-led 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. Find out what our PGCE programmes would entail.
We offer university-based PGCE courses in the following areas:
2. School Direct training
Please check back for 2016 School Direct opportunities around September 2015. In the meantime, you can find out how this route of teacher training works below:
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.
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.