University centred training
The key aim of the PGCE Primary programme is to
deliver a high quality initial teacher education programme that is
up-to-date with current developments in education and the primary
curriculum and will equip you with the professional knowledge,
understanding, skills and attributes to become outstanding Early
Years practitioners and primary teachers.
There are two University centred PGCE
routes, enabling you to choose the one most appropriate to your
circumstances in terms of managing your studies around existing
work and commitments. Both lead to recommendation for
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):
- Full-time route: 39 weeks to complete
starting in September and ending the following July with 120 days
of school-based training
- Part-time route: Two years to
complete starting in January and ending the following year in
December with 120 days of school-based training.
Upon the award of QTS you will be qualified to
teach across the full 3-11 age range although you will specialise
in specific Key Stages within the programme assessed school
experiences. You choose one of two options:
- The ‘Lower’ option will cover the Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS) ages 3-5 and Key Stage 1 (KS1) ages
- The ‘Upper’ option will cover Key Stage 2
(KS2) ages 7-9, and 9-11.
Across all routes, programme teams work closely
with partnership school colleagues to support you in developing
your professional practice, providing you with excellent
opportunities to engage in wider professional issues relating to
pedagogy and the curriculum. The programme is integrated
with school-based experience and training to ensure that your
developing professional practice is underpinned by knowledge and
understanding of educational theory and current local, national and
You will be expected to critically engage with
educational issues and develop as reflective practitioners, able to
evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the needs of learners from
diverse cultural backgrounds. The University provides a strong
centre-based opportunity to develop and share good practice in
order to enhance the experiences of all student teachers.
School centred training
We also offer a school centred training PGCE
route (School Direct) where Teaching School Alliances work in
partnership with York St John to offer PGCEs in Primary Education
and a range of secondary subjects, inlcuding English, mathematics
and science. For more information on this route please visit the
School Direct webpages.
qualifications do I need to apply?
Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS
are stipulated by the National College for Teaching and
Leadership (NCTL) ITT criteria 2012. These are:
- A Honours degree from a United Kingdom higher
education institution or equivalent (Ordinary degrees cannot be
- GCSE in English (or YSJ approved equivalent) at Grade C or
- GCSE in Mathematics (or YSJ approved equivalent inlcuding the
York St John Maths Equivalency test (please contact Liz Newson for more
info) or the GCSE award from EquivalencyTesting.com)
at Grade C or above
- GCSE in Science (or YSJ approved equivalent including GCSE
Human Physiology, GCSE Human Biology, Intermediate GNVQ Science or
the GCSE award from EquivalencyTesting.com)
at Grade C or above
In addition, applicants must also:
- 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.
- Satisfy the institution that they have the intellectual
capability for the demands of teaching.
- Take part in an interview designed to assess their suitability
- Obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background
- Obtain a satisfactory medical report.
For the full-time programme
successful applicants will normally have an 2:1 honours degree
from a UK higher education institution, or the equivalent.
For the part-time programme
lower degrees will be considered if there is sufficient additional
relevant experience to support the application.
QTS Skills Tests
Anyone applying for an initial teacher training
(ITT) course is required to have passed the QTS skills
tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the
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 guidance for more information.
How much does it cost?
All fees are subject to review. Please visit
our finance pages for up-to-date
information about fees and funding. Please visit the dedicated
PGCE funding pages to find out what
funding is available to you.
How do I
Applications are made online through the UCAS
Teacher Training website - http://www.ucas.com/
The UCAS Institution Code for York St John is Y75
YSJ and the course codes are:
- Lower Primary X121
- Upper Primary X171
Applications for entry in January 2016 on
the part-time and flexible routes should use the buttons
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 Education
For the school-centred PGCEs refer to
the Faculty of Education & Theology School Direct website