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Bradford College

PGCE Primary (5-11) with QTS

Study Level
Level 7
Course Type
Higher Education
1 Academic Year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Lister Building


This is the perfect opportunity for you to work towards a rewarding and challenging career at the McMillan School of Education, an established centre for teacher education set in a stimulating, diverse environment.

The degree fulfils the minimum entitlement of the ITT: Core Content Framework for teacher training alongside an ambitious and innovative curriculum designed by Leeds Trinity University. Opportunities to develop clear links between theory and practice are evident through school-based training, intensive training and practice weeks and a series of visiting speakers to enhance your understanding of all aspects of primary school life and learning.

At the heart of the course is school experience, and we provide an extensive programme of school placements throughout, giving you the opportunity, to practise your teaching skills. We have strong partnership links with local schools and nurseries throughout West Yorkshire and beyond.

Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning, as our teaching staff are experts in their chosen field and outstanding practitioners.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) at Bradford College is delivered in partnership with Leeds Trinity University as the accredited provider. Find out more on our partnership page.

This partnership will enable Bradford College to continue to deliver qualified teacher training qualifications in Bradford.

The ITT partnership agreement is currently being finalised, as such, Bradford College will be open to provisional applications for the 2024-25 academic year via DfE Apply and will reserve the right to make any formal offers until the contract is formally in place.

  Key Info

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, workshops, group discussions, seminars and tutorials within our bespoke classroom settings.

The PGCE Primary (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 through experiences across the Primary age phase. You will have placements across the 5-11 age phase, so you’ll develop the skills needed to teach across the curriculum. By developing your knowledge of how children learn and retain information, you’ll support them through their formative years of education and help prepare them for the challenges of secondary education and their future careers.

School-based training

School experience is a vital part of your teacher training programme. A key strength of the course is how theory and practice are related by working with children in placement schools – with support provided by experienced mentors.

School placements are compliant with DfE criteria and will be arranged for you within the Primary age range. Every effort is made to ensure that the most appropriate placements are chosen for each trainee to enhance their professional development. We have strong links with local schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Placement schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring areas to give a wide range of experience and to meet the needs of students from across the region.

An honours degree (usually 2:2 or above).

GCSE Grade 4 (or C or accepted equivalent) English Language or English Literature, Mathematics and Science. If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, please refer to the GCSE Equivalency information below.

Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in school.

Applicants also need to demonstrate the commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a primary teacher and the potential to train as a teacher. Strong applicants often have experience in primary schools, but this is not a requirement.

The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.

The capacity to meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All successful candidates will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.

GCSE Equivalency

If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken withA Star Equivalency,equivalencytesting.comor Birmingham City University (BCU) Further details are emailed to applicants who accept offers with us.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.

An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate and a satisfactory medical. If you are offered and accept a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

During each stage of your school-based training, you will be formatively assessed and your progress mapped against core competence statements. 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 you will be expected to have met the Teachers’ Standards and a Summative Assessment will be made using the standards as a benchmark.

When you meet the Teachers’ Standards, you are then recommended for QTS by Leeds Trinity University as our accredited ITT training provider.

Career and progression opportunities in the Primary sector are plentiful and rewarding. Completion of the PGCE Primary (5-11) with QTS will give you the relevant training and expertise as you continue to build the skills and knowledge you need to feel confident and empowered in your classroom as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).

To apply for our Initial Teacher Training courses, you will need to submit your application through Find and Apply for postgraduate teacher training courses.  To find our courses, you can search us by training provider: Bradford College (B60). Then select Primary or Secondary and then select the subjects that you are interested in. This will then show you the courses that we have available. Once you have submitted your application, it is sent to the Leeds Trinity University Admissions Team.   Once their team has received your application, they will conduct a check of your application to make sure that you have the correct entry requirements for the course you have applied for.  Your application will then come back to us at Bradford College, where we will arrange your interview and assessment (if required). If successful at your interview, our curriculum team will make you an offer to study with us. This offer will then be received by Leeds Trinity University who will update the DfE application as well as sending out formal confirmation of the offer. If you accept the offer, Leeds Trinity Admissions will be in touch to begin the process for the non-academic entry checks.  This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

HE Tuition: £0.00 per academic year

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.