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PGCE Provider-led teacher training

Leeds Trinity University > PGCE Provider-led teacher training

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Leeds Trinity University has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teacher training. We're a popular choice with aspiring trainee teachers and outstanding primary and secondary schools. 

We partner with around 600 schools that look forward to working with Leeds Trinity students each year. The results speak for themselves. We consistently deliver employment rates above the national average.

Benefits of university-led training

Leeds Trinity's PGCE Provider-led study route leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a P​GCE (Level 7) award. It offers something quite different that will prepare you for a successful and rewarding teaching career.

  • You'll gain a postgraduate qualification

Unlike many teacher training routes, you'll study at a postgraduate-level with our provider-led PGCE. This means that you'll develop a higher level of knowledge and graduate with modules that will count towards a Master's degree.

  • You'll receive subject-specific support

Teaching secondary-age children isn't a one-size-fits-all approach.  Every subject is different, which is why we make sure our support is centred on subject-specific knowledge and teaching practices.

  • You'll get a wide range of teaching experience

We know that trainee teachers often face a dilemma. They want to experience what it's like to teach in a wide variety of schools, but they don't want to travel far. That's why we work with around 600 schools in the region so you have the chance to experience teaching in different types of schools without having to travel far.

  • You'll have the opportunity to become highly employable

We're incredibly proud of our track record for graduate employability, with 99% of our recent PGCE graduates working as teachers as soon as they qualify.

  • You'll be part of a supportive network of trainees and newly qualified teachers

We've created a large support network for newly qualified teachers, which gives you access to an active online community, termly training sessions and newsletters, as well as an annual conference.

Course structure

Our PGCE courses​ are structured into three stages:
  • STAGE 1 is based at both Leeds Trinity University and in your first placement school. This stage establishes the foundation of knowledge and understanding necessary for you to benefit from school-based training. This training comprises Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy; Professional Learning and Teaching in the 21st century; Assessed Block 1 and undertaking your first Masters-level module in Supporting Individual Needs. It also seeks to provide the basic skills necessary for you to function as a teacher.

  • STAGE 2 is based at your second placement school (Assessed Block 2) and assesses your ability to transfer competence from one school to another and improve in your abilities to meet the QTS standards. You will also begin work on your Subject Knowledge and Applied Pedagogy assessment, as well as undertake initial work on your second Masters assignment in Planning for Progression.

  • STAGE 3 is based still at your second placement school (Assessed Block 3) and assesses your ability to meet and excel within the QTS standards. You will also complete all work on your Subject Knowledge and Applied Pedagogy, as well as completing work on your second Masters assignment in Planning for Progression.

School-Based Training (Stages 2 and 3)      

Leeds Trinity University has school partnerships across the West Yorkshire region (Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield) and further afield. Placements are negotiated with schools and trainees so that they take account of the personal circumstances of trainees.

How to apply

We recommend that you app​ly as soon as you've made your decisi​​on. Leeds Trinity's PGCE courses are in demand and once target numbers are met, we can't accept any more applications. 

Apply through the UCAS Teacher Training website  

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Contact us​​​

We can help you choose the right PGCE study route for you. Contact the PGCE Admissions Office, whether you need advice or have a question, on +44 (0) 113 283 7268 or

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