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 for a School Direct training place.
School Direct is a new school-led path to gaining qualified teacher status. The School of Education at the University of Leeds works with a number of School Direct schools to deliver teaching training.
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.
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.