University centred training
The key aim of the PGCE Secondary
RE programme is to deliver a high quality, current and
relevant programme of training that equips student teachers with
the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes
they need to become outstanding teachers in our local and national
The PGCE Secondary programme is a community of
learning with partnership at the heart of the programme. University
based staff work together with schools, mentors, subject
communities, local and national subject communities and other
education professionals 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 international
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
The most recent Ofsted report for the PGCE
Secondary programme (June 2011) rated York St John
University ‘outstanding’ for its secondary teacher
education. The key strengths outlined in the report are as
- A very coherent pattern of training ensuring that all elements
combine effectively to promote high-quality outcomes for
- 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
- 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
- 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 educational world.
This established programme covers the key issues
involved in secondary education, delivered by well-qualified and
experienced teaching staff with a commitment to professionalism and
excellence. Employment statistics indicate that employment
rates for graduates of this programme are above the
The programme is full time Monday to Friday,
starting in September and ending in July the following year. It
also involves 120 days of school based training.
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 a range of
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:
- GCSE in English (or YSJ approved equivalent) at Grade C or
- GCSE in Mathematics (or YSJ approved equivalent) at Grade C or
- A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution
In addition, applicants must also:
- Have recent and relevant experience within a secondary school
setting and applicants should 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.
- 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 this programme successful applicants will
normally have a 2:1 honours degree from a UK higher education
institution, or equivalent, although applicants with a 2:2 are
accepted if they can demonstrate certain aptitudes at interview.
Applicants' degrees must have significant components of direct
relevance to the PGCE subject they are applying for.
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 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
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 apply?
Applications are made online through the UCAS
Teacher Training website - www.ucas.com
The UCAS Institution Code for York St John is
Y75 YSJ and the course code for the PGCE Secondary
RE is V6X1
How can I find out more?
For general information call our Information
Hotline T: 01904 876598 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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