Course details

Subject area

Primary Education

Start date(s)

September 2021, September 2022

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year)

Course overview

Applications are currently closed for September 2021 start. Applications for 2022 entry open early October.

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

Apply today

Ready to apply for a PGCE? Click below to find out more about the application process and apply.

How to apply

Order a prospectus

Get more information about our PGCE courses and the routes available in our PGCE prospectus.

Order a prospectus

Got a question?

If you need more information about a PGCE Teacher Training course, ask the course leader a question today.

Ask a question

About this course

There are three stages to your PGCE Primary. Each stage consists of a University-based training block and school-based training block.

Stage one – Introduction to teaching (September to December)

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 Education Studies

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

You'll be in school within the first few weeks of the programme and will spend your first extended period of time in school from October. 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 knowledge (January to March)

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 will develop your teaching skills further, usually 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 until the end of the programme, teaching another age phase. Putting everything you’ve learned into practice, you’ll teach all subjects and areas of provision in stage three. You will take on the role of the class teacher and will take on wider responsibilities across the school. You will continue to have coaching and mentoring from school staff.

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 formatively assessed and your progress mapped against formative targets. A summary judgment will be made at the end of each stage. This summary will provide you with further information about your areas of strength and targets to develop moving forwards. By the end of your training in school (Stage 3) you will be expected to have met the Teachers’ Standards and a Summative Assessment will be made using the standards as a bench mark. When you meet the Teachers’ Standards you are then recommended for QTS.


You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. 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 December

You will have:

  • University-based training designed to introduce you to the primary curriculum and professional materials related to becoming a teacher.
  • Your first block of school-based training

2 – Developing your knowledge

January 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.
  • Your 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.
  • Your final block of school-based training.
  • Enhanced placement.

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

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.

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
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


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.
  • 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.

Applications are currently closed for September 2021 start. Applications for 2022 entry open early October.

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.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed for September 2021 start. Applications for 2022 entry open early October.

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 method of interview, 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
  • 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 need to present your GCSE and degree certificates. Your offer will explain how this will happen and you'll be contacted later in the cycle with further deatils about the way in which to do this.

Receive an unconditional offer

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

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.