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 mainly associated with
teacher education and we have an excellent reputation in the
The most recent Ofsted report (June
2011) rated York St John University ‘outstanding’ for its
secondary teacher education. The key strengths outlined in
the report are as follows:
- A very coherent pattern of
training ensuring that all elements combine effectively to promote
high-quality outcomes for trainees.
- Excellent communication,
mentoring and link tutoring across the partnership ensuring that
all those involved in training and assessment work successfully
together to secure outstanding trainee progress.
- A well-designed and focused
RE programme which provides trainees with excellent opportunities
to develop a high level of subject knowledge and expertise.
- A positive pattern of
enrichment activities which helps promote the trainees’
understanding of their subject and of wider issues related to
inclusion and diversity.
- Very effective systems for
tracking trainees’ progress and setting targets for improvement
which ensure that trainees are actively engaged in the process of
reflecting on their performance.
- Strong recruitment
procedures ensuring that trainees who are selected have the
qualities required to become effective teachers and are
well-supported from the outset of their training.
- Strong programme leadership
and management which is very proactive in anticipating change and
responding to initiatives within the subject and the wider
Our trainees are successful teachers. The
cornerstones of our tradition in teacher education are firm
knowledge of education and a commitment to professionalism and
excellence. At YSJ we celebrate diversity and welcome trainees of
all ages and all backgrounds, and aim to meet their varying
This established programme covers the key issues
involved in secondary education, delivered by well-qualified and
experienced teaching staff. Trainees will be supported in
developing a critical and reflective approach to teaching as well
as experiencing practical aspects of the secondary curriculum.
Employment statistics indicate that employment rates for trainees
on this programme are above the national average.
Trainees will complete two main secondary school
placements, a diversity placement and a short placement in a
primary school. This is a full-time course which is 38 weeks in
duration, starting in September and involves full time study from
Monday to Friday, as well as two full time school placements. The
Teaching Agency’s (TA) expectation is that trainees
will demonstrate achievement of all the elements of the YSJ and
school-based programme. The normal professional standards of
attendance and commitment will be expected.
qualifications do I need to apply?
Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS
are stipulated by the TA
- GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C or above
- A degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or
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 this programme successful applicants will normally have an
upper second class honours degree from a UK higher education
institution, or the equivalent, although applicants with a 2:2 are
accepted if they can demonstrate certain aptitudes at interview, as
mentioned above. Applicants degree must have significant
components of direct relevance to RE.
It is desirable that applicants have some
experience within a secondary school setting and potential
candidates are advised to seek at least two weeks of secondary
school experience prior to applying for a place on the
programme. This might be for example, in a teaching assistant
role or a voluntary placement. Please see School Based Experience for guidelines.
Candidates invited to interview will be sent a ‘Prior Achievement’
booklet to complete that enables them to match their current
experience against the Teachers’ Standards.
This supports tutors in giving successful candidates relevant
pre-course tasks to complete to enable them to be fully prepared
for the start of the 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
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
Telephone: 0845 450 8867
How do I
You will need a GTTR code when you apply for this
- PGCE Religious Education V6X1
Applications must be made online through the
Graduate Teacher Training Registry at http://www.gttr.ac.uk/
How can I
find out more?
For general information about YSJ please call our
Information Hotline T: 01904 876598 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
For specific enquiries about the programme,
please contact: Faculty of Education & Theology T: 01904 624624