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Education Primary (SCITT), PG Cert

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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About Education Primary (SCITT), PG Cert - at University of Leeds

**Please note, this programme is for Red Kite Initial Teacher Training offer holders only.**

The University of Leeds has designed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (SCITT) course in partnership with Red Kite to support you in your initial development as a teacher.

All Red Kite trainees are expected to complete the University's PGCE (SCITT) programme as part of their overall Initial Teacher Training programme.

For further information about the programme and to apply to Red Kite (you must apply and have received an offer to train with Red Kite before you can apply to this SCITT Postgraduate Certificate here at Leeds) click here.

  • Course content

    The programme will adopt an evidence-based approach to teacher education; providing a structured and relevant course of professional and academic development for trainee teachers.

    It is intended that this programme will:

    • support and enhance early professional development, emphasising intellectual reflection and scholarship.
    • emphasise the development of students' subject knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and curriculum knowledge.
    • be designed around integrated university-based and school-based learning that emphasises the links between theory and practice.
    • be taught through a series of University-based days and supported by distance learning materials with on-line tutor and fellow-student support.
    • provide structured school-based learning, allowing students to draw from and reflect upon their experiences as beginner teachers and to relate these practical insights to their reading and analysis of current theories and research relating to a range of issues in teaching and learning.
    • introduce a range of classroom research tools that will be applied in the context of the module assignments.
    • develop skills which provide an additional framework for professional reflection and evaluation.
    • challenge students to think creatively and critically about educational policy, process and practice.
    • provide a progressional pathway into higher degree study.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Evidence-based Teaching 15 credits
    • Teaching and Learning - Primary English 15 credits
    • Teaching and Learning - Primary Mathematics 15 credits
    • Teaching and Learning - Primary Science 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Education Primary (SCITT) PGCert in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is mostly in small groups ensuring a personalised learning approach. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, practical classes, and seminars. University-based sessions will be closely linked with students' school-based work and Professional Learning Tasks with link both contexts. Besides access to online materials, the Virtual Learning Environment offers on-going tutor support and learning resources.


    Assessment for all four modules is through written assignments, submitted at regular intervals through the year and planned carefully in relation to the demands of school-based work. Assignments draw heavily on students' teaching experiences.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    How to apply

    This course is an integral part of the Red Kite SCITT Programme. As such, you must apply first to Red Kite's School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. When you receive an offer to train from Red Kite, you will then be required to apply for the Leeds SCITT Postgraduate Certificate in Education separately.

    Find out more about applying to Red Kite.


    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    Individuals do not have to pay fees for the SCITT Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Red Kite cover the cost of this programme for all of their trainees.
    View Red Kite fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

  • Related courses

    Education Secondary (SCITT) PGCert (Part time)
  • Entry requirements

    This course is available to UK/EU residents only

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