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.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) 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).

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

Our PGCE programmes focus on the development of the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding that relate to learning and teaching in schools.

Each PGCE includes ...

  • academic tuition through lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • teaching experience through two placements in local schools.

Both aspects of the programme count towards the assessment of the PGCE and as evidence that you have met the standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Please note that we are not taking applications for 2015 as the programmes are not running in thay year. However, we intend to reinstate the provision for 2016 entry, so please check back in September 2015 for the latest information on teacher training at Leeds. You can still see what the programmes normally entail by clicking on the relevant links below.

University-based Primary PGCE

University-based Secondary PGCE

After the PGCE

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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