Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

University-led PGCE

Help inspire the next generation.

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This is a one-year, university-based, course for graduates that wish to undergo initial teacher training (ITT) to achieve the professional standards required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition to the university-based elements you will complete two different school placements but these could be at any school (unlike the School Direct programmes where you know which ones you might attend as part of the programme).

Our PGCE approach

Our vision is to educate and train outstanding teachers and future school leaders who will inspire and motivate children to enable them to fulfil their academic and personal potential.  We put great emphasis on recruiting high quality (strong performing) graduates with the potential to become outstanding teachers. 

Research and evidence-based teaching is at the core of our teacher training programmes, which focus on developing your teaching practice so that you have a positive impact on pupils’ learning. We also put great emphasis on subject knowledge development in both the secondary and primary phases. 

We recognise the positive impact that teachers can have on the personal development and well-being of children and young people, and give this appropriate emphasis in our PGCE programmes.  Through our evidence-based teacher training programmes  we believe that you will be equipped to make an effective contribution to children and young people’s academic and personal development, improving our schools and strengthening the economic and social fabric of our communities, cities and region. 

Dr Nick SutcliffeI’m currently a Principal Lecturer in the School of Education and Childhood of the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University, where my main responsibility is for academic quality assurance within the school and across the faculty.

Dr Nick Sutcliffe

Our PGCE programmes have provided excellent professional preparation for many teachers enjoying a long and successful career in this region and beyond.

The vast majority of our trainees complete their PCGE programme successfully and acquire Qualified Teacher Status. As creative, confident and competent newly qualified teachers, with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning and wider educational issues, they are in great demand by local schools and those further afield.

Our School has close and productive partnerships with all the Local Authorities in the surrounding region.

Our programmes also offer an excellent first step towards continuous professional development, and there are opportunities to progress to higher degrees such as the part-time MA Teaching course, which is specifically designed to allow you to pursue a higher degree while working as a new teacher.


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