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School of Education

PGCE Admissions


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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.

We usually provide 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

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

Find out what our school-based training programmes would look like by clicking on the relevant link below:

Information for schools

The School of Education works with a number of partners delivering School Direct teacher training.

School Direct allows your school, working as part of an alliance, to directly recruit and train new teachers. These newly qualified teachers may then be appointed in your own school or a school within your alliance or partnership.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide trainee teachers in 2015 as we are not providing the PGCE programmes in this year. To find out more about our new graduates or to declare your interest in taking on trainee teachers in the 2016 academic year please contact: Alison Hesley, PGCE Partnership Development Coordinator, A.Hesley@leeds.ac.uk   0113 343 4602.

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