Course details

Subject area

Primary Education

Start date(s)


Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year)

Course overview

When you work with primary-age children you really can make a difference every day. It might be the moment when a child starts to recognise letters and sounds, or learns to fasten their shoes independently; it could be when they’re inspired by a science experiment and understand chemical reactions for the first time; it might even be the day they finally get to grips with long division! In the primary classroom, children need motivating and engaging so that every day provides a new possibility to learn. There is nothing more rewarding than being the teacher leading that adventurous learning journey.

This 5-11 programme prepares you to build on the early childhood experiences that children bring with them to their first years of more formal schooling. You will build on best practice of learning through play to engage children with the Key Stage 1 curriculum and beyond. Working in Key Stage 2, you will see children develop, ready for the challenges of secondary education and their future careers.

All our PGCE Primary courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of a level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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Financial support

You may be eligible for a scholarship or discount to help fund your postgraduate studies.

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About this course

There are three stages to your PGCE Primary.

Stage one – Introduction to teaching (Autumn)

University-based training

During the first stage you will spend time at university taking part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training. These will focus on three main elements:

Professional Learning and Teaching for 21st Century teachers

You’ll learn strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements. These strategies will help to develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the primary curriculum and educational policy.

Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy

PGCE Primary 3-7 trainees will develop their Key Stage 1 curriculum knowledge and understanding in English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and PE. You’ll also explore the broader curriculum, alongside the Early Years Foundation stage areas of learning.

PGCE Primary 5-11 trainees will develop their Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum knowledge and understanding in English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education/PSHE, Art/Design and Technology, History, Geography, Foreign Languages, PE and Music. 


You’ll spend time focusing on CPD activities that will enhance your teaching applications and make you more employable.

School-based training

As part of stage 1, you will complete an assessed block of school-based training. Working alongside an experienced class teacher and
mentor you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learnt so far, focusing on teaching English and Mathematics
and one other curriculum area.

Stage two – Developing your teaching practice (Spring)

University-based training

Your University-based training will comprise the same elements as stage one, but you’ll focus on building on the knowledge you’ve
already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block. There will be an opportunity to reflect on your experiences
in the first stage and to set developmental targets ahead of your second block of school-based training.

School-based training

During your second placement, you’ll spend a minimum of nine weeks in a new school, teaching a contrasting age phase to your first

placement. You’ll continue to focus on English and Mathematics, alongside PE and broader areas of the curriculum.

Stage three – Preparing for your teaching career (March to June)

University-based training

Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend some time at University completing CPD activities that will prepare for your teaching career. These activities will include responses to current priorities in primary education, support for your first employment and optional enhancements to develop your professional profile.

School-based training

You’ll stay in the same school for a further nine weeks, teaching another age phase. Putting everything you’ve learned into practice, you’ll teach all subjects and areas of provision in stage three. As well as teaching up to 80% of the curriculum, you will take on wider
responsibilities of the class teacher role.

Enhanced placement

After you’ve completed all three stages of your placements, you’ll finally complete a two-week Enhanced Placement which you’ll source yourself, with support from the School Partnerships team. This placement will help you prepare for graduate employment as a teacher, as well as giving you the chance to explore any aspects of primary teaching that have particularly interested you. Past trainees have completed this placement in pupil referral units, nurseries, special provision and even at a school in Kenya.

Qualified Teacher Status

During each stage of school-based training you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. By the end of a successful Stage 3 placement you will be given an overall judgment and recommended for your QTS.


The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Our PGCE Primary courses are one-year, full-time programmes structured in three stages to gradually build the confidence and knowledge you’ll need to become an outstanding teacher. Each stage consists of a University-based training block and school-based training block.


1 - Introduction to teaching

September to November

You will have:

University-based training designed to introduce you to the primary curriculum and professional materials related to becoming a teacher

First block of school-based training

2 – Developing your knowledge

November to March

You will have:

Further University-based training designed to develop a deeper understanding of the wider curriculum and how to support the varied needs of all learners

Second block of school-based training

3 – Preparing for your teaching career

March to June

You will have:

Additional University-based sessions to support you in preparing for employment and your Early Career as a teacher

Final block of school-based training

Enhanced placement

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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You’ll be assessed on your subject knowledge in English (including phonics), Mathematics and other subject areas through directed tasks.

You’ll also complete two level 7 Master’s assignments to test your ability to be critically reflective and research-led in your approach to teaching.

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

At Leeds Trinity, we treat every applicant on their own merits and value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Our normal entry requirements for the Primary PGCE are:

  • An honours degree
  • GCSE Grade C (or 4, or accepted equivalent) English, Mathematics and Science. We offer GCSE equivalency tests to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have these qualifications. We accept GCSE equivalencies from the provider Equivalency Testing. Please contact admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​ if you are unsure.
  • The current skills tests will be replaced with a new system where trainees will be assured against a set of fundamental Mathematics and English skills by the end of their initial teacher training.
  • Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in schools
  • The commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a primary teacher
  • The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.

Strong applicants also have experience in primary schools.

This course is not available to Tier 4 students.

The Leeds Trinity GCSE Equivalency

If you don’t have (or cannot provide proof of) the required GCSE qualifications, we’ll offer you the opportunity to sit a GCSE Equivalency exam when you’ve received an offer and made Leeds Trinity your firm choice. The results can only be used to progress on to programmes at Leeds Trinity University.

Student Finance

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

Additional costs

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS Teacher Training website

You can make three choices.

There’s no set deadline, but once the course is full, it will be closed to applications on the UCAS website. Complete all sections of the application form in full.

Attend an interview

If you’ve applied for a University-led or SCITT PGCE, you will be notified through UCAS Track if you’ve been invited to an Interview Day.

You’ll have an individual interview with a member of staff,  which will vary depending on the course you’ve applied for. If you’re invited to an interview through our University-led route, you’ll receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview.

This includes the date, time and location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully. 

For School Direct PGCEs, you may receive an email or a letter directly from the school which will clearly explain your interview date and time and what you need to prepare for your interview.

You will always be notified by UCAS Track if your application has been unsuccessful.

Read more about our PGCE Primary Education University-led Interview days.

Receive your offer

You’ll receive a letter letting you know if you’ve been made an offer or if you’ve been unsuccessful at the interview stage. UCAS Track will also be updated.

All offers are conditional on the following criteria being met:

  • Produce evidence of qualifications
  • DBS check
  • Medical check
  • The current skills tests will be replaced with a new system where trainees will be assured against a set of fundamental Mathematics and English skills by the end of their initial teacher training.
  • You may be asked to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to boost your subject knowledge.

Accept or decline your offer

When you’ve received decisions on all your choices, you’ll then have ten days to make your final decision on which offer(s) to decline/accept, You won’t be able to do this whilst you have applications without a final decision, this is so that you can make your final choice having all of your options open to you.

You’ll do this through UCAS Track.

Present your documents

You’ll be asked to provide your GCSE and degree certificates at interview, If you’ve accepted an offer from Leeds Trinity University, we’ll send you an offer letter which will include a request for you to provide other information to us. If any documents are not presented at the interview,  you’ll need to present these documents in person at Leeds Trinity University’s Student Administration office.

Receive an unconditional offer

When you’ve met all the conditions of your offer, it will become unconditional on UCAS.

Find out more

Get more information about this course and Leeds Trinity University Teacher Training with a prospectus.

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Learning and working with experts

You will work with expert school mentors while you are on placement, as well as receiving help, advice, and support from University-based link tutors.

This combination of expert input means that you’ll get specialist training on teaching the most difficult aspects of subject content, and understanding children and young people at various ages and stages of development (including how to manage them in the classroom!).

Get equipped to teach

The schools that employ our graduates in their first posts tell us that the PGCE equips new teachers with the tools that they need to join the teaching profession, make a positive impact in the classroom, and kickstart their careers.