Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

St Patrick’s Greater Manchester Alliance Modern Languages (Spanish) (396W)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
Sept - End July
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

During your training year you will receive outstanding professional issue sessions provided by staff currently working in a National Teaching School and across our family of Alliance Schools. This research based training ensures that you have an effective understanding of Teaching and Learning so that you can make a real difference in your own classrooms.

Find out more about our courses on our website

All of our trainees have support from mentors in placement schools, university and a Lead Develop Tutor from Saint Patrick’s. This tutor is with you from day one until the end of the course to help coach, guide and support you.

You will have the opportunity to continue to develop your own subject specific knowledge, linking this to the wider curriculum. The Saint Patrick’s school direct course includes 12 days of intense, focused, subject specific input from our partner University and an additional 9 days of support and lectures to enable you to achieve your PGCE.

Sessions are timed to support what you are doing in schools and allow you to reflect and learn from your expereinces.

The course has a gradualised build up into teaching. You can plan, teach and share classes with the class teacher so that you can learn as your confidence develops. We have two full induction days before September and a chance to visit your placement schools. This helps you to build a wonderful community with all the trainees and staff that you will be working with.

We work in partnership with Liverpool Hope University who have a Gold Standard in Teaching Excellence, ensuring that you always receive the very best training during your teaching year. These university sessions also provide you with an additional chance to network and share outstanding practice across Initial Teaching Training cohorts. As well as your QTS and PGCE you will receive 60 masters credits on our Schools Direct course.

Find out more about our Gold Standard University partner by visiting their website

School placements

Our trainees complete two contrasting placements so that they can develop the skills needed to be an effective teacher in a range of settings.

The Course offers a gradualised teaching timetable, slowly building up your teaching time.

We do not have any blocked weeks away from school at University. You are in schools every week so that you can build a relationship with staff and pupils.

Each year we review our offer to trainees and programme. An outline of this years course is below so that you can gain an idea of the course.

  • Sept - December: School Placement A: 16 weeks.

Mondays: Training with Saint Patrick’s National Teaching School (Salford) staff.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: In your placement schools fully immersed in school life and your departments.

Friday: You are at Liverpool Hope. A chance to Network, receive subject specific advice and support and support for your Masters writing.

  • January – July: School Placement B.

Monday – Thursday You will be in your schools for the majority of this time. A chance to embed the skills developed in your first school. You will be working in a contrast school so that you can gain new skills, working alongside expert teachers. You still have some training at your School Direct Hub base but you are normally in school.

Friday: You are training at Liverpool Hope.

When deciding placements schools:

  • When possible we try to match where you live to Alliance Schools in your area. We have Greater Manchester and Blackburn schools.

  • We look at the departments that you will be placed in. Sometimes an extra travel time benefits you as you work in a department that is supportive and welcoming. This reduces your stress and workload during the year.

  • Like all ITT providers we can not guarantee you a placement in any one school as the circumstances of schools might change before you being your course.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
St Patrick’s RC High School, 56 New Lane, Eccles, Salford, M30 7JJ
Newman RC College
Broadway,, Chadderton, OL9 9QY
Our Lady and St John Catholic Arts College.
North Road, blackburn, BB1 1PY
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Sixth Form College
37 Ash Drive, Wardley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M27 9QP
St Matthew’s RC High School
Nuthurst Road, Moston, Manchester, M40 0EW
St Monica’s RC High School
Bury Old Road, Prestwich, M25 1JH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Modern Languages (Spanish) or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking to support you as you enter a profession that is rewarding and life changing for the young people that we serve. The young people in our care deserve the very best. As a result we look to work with people who:

  • Have a passion for learning, social justice and supporting every child
  • Are reflective and always looking to improve and push themselves to excel
  • Work in collaboration and partnership. We expect our trainees to support each other, share advice and be open to learning. They are willing to ask for help and look forward, learning from mistakes.

Other requirements

You will be asked to provide certificates as prove of your academic achievements. You can get these from the exam board that you sat for GCSE or for your degree, from your University. We will ask you to complete a DBS check after interview and a short medical form. This is standard practice across many providers.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We aim to support and encourage the next generation of teachers through a personal approach to teacher training. You can decided to be based in our Salford or Blackburn hub to train.

  • Be a part of a family of Alliance of Schools working together to ensure that every pupil, in every school, is inspired, happy and achieving.
  • A personalised approached helping you to develop into the teacher that you want to be.
  • Supportive, well trained mentors, who work alongside you to ensure that you have the time to develop into an outstanding teacher. You have a dedicated mentor in your placement schools but also a coach from Saint Patrick’s and a University Tutor to help you across the entire year.
  • You will gain the skills needed to support pupils in their learning journey, gaining confidence to become a future leader in education.
  • You achieve both QTS and a PGCE providing you with the best possible start to your teaching career.
  • Our teacher training courses use outstanding facilitators, with a proven track record. These include: Outstanding teachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, a range of trained Pastoral Staff, SLT staff, Headteachers and National Leaders of Education.

Please join us on Twitter by following @stpatsalliance we share advice on the application process but you can also see how our trainees this year are doing!

Please visit our website

Teaching is a wonderful, exciting and joyous profession, we wish you all the very best with your applications.

Interview process

You will be interviewed by staff who are passionate about Education and supporting the next generation of teachers. These small panels may contain members of Saint Patrick’s RC High School Teaching School, our Departmental Heads, Alliance School mentors and University partners. You are joining our family and we all wish to support you and get to know you.

During the day you may have the opportunity to meet with pupils and attend a face to face interview at one of our Alliance Schools. It may be however that your interview is conducted remotely. We will email you all the information that you need before you attend an interview. We do not attempt to trip you up or have any surprises in your day.

The interview days are a wonderful chance to meet staff you will be working with and have any questions answered that you have.

We work in partnership with our trainees, supporting them in becoming the best teachers so that young people in our care can achieve. Our interviews ensure that you have the opportunity to flourish.

We realise that you may have more than one interview offered to you and that your work commitments might prevent you from attending an interview. Please let us know if this happens so we can reschedule them for you.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please visit our website to find out more and those of our Alliance Schools.

Contact this training provider

0161 921 2323
56 New Lane
M30 7JJ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022