York St John was founded by the Church of England
in 1841 as a training institution for ‘teachers of the working
poor’. Throughout our history we have been associated with teacher
education and we have an excellent reputation in the teaching
profession. Our student teachers are successful teachers. They get
good teaching jobs and succeed in their teaching careers, building
on the grounding they get with us. The cornerstones of our
tradition in teacher training are a firm knowledge of education and
a commitment to professionalism and excellence. At YSJ we celebrate
diversity and we welcome student teachers of all ages and all
backgrounds and aim to meet their varying needs.
How can I study the Graduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate
in Education (Primary)?
This established programme covers the key issues
involved in primary education, delivered by well-qualified and
experienced teaching staff. Student teachers will be supported in
developing a critical and reflective approach to teaching as well
as experiencing practical aspects of the primary curriculum.
There is a choice of study: Lower Primary (3-7
years), involving Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Upper Primary
(5-11 years). Student teachers will complete three school
placements in two age phases.
There are three routes to gain Qualified Teacher
Status for student teachers who have already completed a first
The full-time route is suitable for all entrants
who intend to qualify within one year. This route runs for 38 weeks
starting in September and involves full-time study from Monday -
Friday, as well as three full-time school placements.
The part-time route is suitable for entrants who
need to balance their training with other commitments, such as
caring for family members. This route runs across 17 months,
starting in February, and involves study for two full days each
week. The three placements must be completed on a full-time basis
where student teachers will be required to teach from Monday -
The flexible route can be studied either
full-time or part-time and is suitable for student teachers who may
need to take up to two years to complete their training. It is
essential that all flexible entrants have extensive experience of
working in primary settings. Full guidance and consultation will be
given to all flexible route entrants to ensure that needs are fully
qualifications do I need to apply?
Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS
are stipulated by the DfES (Qualifying to Teach DfES 2002)
- An honours degree from a United
Kingdom higher education institution or international equivalent
(ordinary degrees cannot be accepted).
- GCSE in English Language or
Literature at Grade C (or international equivalent)
- GCSE in Science at Grade C (or
one of the following; GCSE Human Physiology, GCSE Human
Biology, Intermediate GNVQ Science, the GCSE
award from EquivalencyTesting.com,
international equivalent )
- GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C
(or the York St John Maths Equivalency test (please contact
Liz Newson for more
info) or the GCSE award from EquivalencyTesting.com,
international equivalent )
- Applicants should have a minimum
of ten days classroom experience in a UK
state primary school, with at least five days in the last twelve
months. For those with a third class honours degree, all
ten days must be within the last twelve months. Other
experience such as international experience in a primary
school will be considered though applicants maybe be required
to complete the required UK state primary school experience before
the start of the course. Please see School
Based Experience for guidelines.
In addition applicants must satisfy the
institution that they have the intellectual capability for the
demands of teaching, that they are physically and mentally fit for
teaching and that there is no evidence of a criminal background
that should prevent them from working with children or young
persons. All applicants will need to satisfy the institution that
they meet these criteria through their application form, an
interview and a DBS check.
For the full-time programme
successful applicants will normally have an upper second class
honours degree from a UK higher education institution, or the
For the part-time programme
lower degrees will be considered if there is sufficient additional
relevant experience to support the application.
Students enrolling on the flexible route will, as
part of the admissions and recruitment process, be subject to an
individual needs analysis. This will provide a basis for an
individual study programme, drawn from the opportunities provided
by this programme, which recognises prior achievement and areas
where applicants will need to place specific emphasis. The
individual study programme will cover all of the learning outcomes
for the programme and include specific milestones and will be
approved by the Head of Programme.
QTS Skills Tests
Anyone applying for an initial teacher training
(ITT) course which starts after 1 July 2013 will be required to
have passed the skills tests before starting the course.
Once you have submitted your application to us,
you will need to arrange to take and pass the tests ideally before
Please refer to the
skills tests FAQs for more information.
Book your QTS Skills test here
If you would like to speak to someone about the
skills tests, contact the QTS skills tests candidate helpdesk.
Skills Tests Helpline
T: 0845 450 8867
does it cost?
The fees are subject to review.
Please visit our
tuition fees webpage for up-to-date information
A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU
Alumni undertaking PG level study
Information on funding
for the FULL TIME course
Information on funding
for the PART TIME course
You will need GTTR/YSJ codes to apply for these
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary) Full-time
- Lower Primary X121
- Upper Primary X171
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary) Part-time
- Lower Primary D4PCXLPRX
- Upper Primary D4PCXUPRX
- Full-time D3PCXEPTX
- Part-time D4PCXEPTX
How do I
Use the button below to apply for the
full-time application route, which are made online through the
Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) website.
Applications for the part-time and flexible
routes should use the buttons below:
PGCE (Lower) part-time
PGCE (Upper) part-time
How can I
find out more?
For general information call our Information
Hotline T: 01904 876598 E: email@example.com
For specific information about the programme
visit our Initial Teacher