Oasis Innovation
Primary (25R5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
Financial support
Student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our team is committed and promises to provide trainees with:

  • A PGCE with Masters credits from the University of Manchester as well as Qualified Teacher Status; high quality school based training within a range of primary schools combined with on campus study and quality assurance from the University of Manchester; and exceptional professional learning opportunities from across our teaching school alliance
  • A breadth of continuous professional development and strategic placements to meet personal needs; excellent online professional studies education; and a range of experiences within a nurturing environment, quality assured throughout
  • A guaranteed interview for employment as well as the opportunity to go into our NQT recruitment pool. You will also be part of Oasis Innovation National Teaching School Alliance, meaning you will have access to our wide range of training, cutting edge research projects and other professional development opportunities.

Interview process

Assessment days will take place at regular intervals starting late October. The interview process will take place in the lead school. You will be expected to undertake a teaching task with a group of children, complete a short presentation and undertake a formal interview.

In exceptional circumstances, where an applicant is not able to attend an interview in person, interviews can be conducted remotely using Skype. In such cases, we may choose to waive the teaching task element of the interview process.

How school placements work

We want you to gain a well-rounded experience of teaching across more than one setting. We have carefully selected partner schools to join our training hub, with each one offering something unique. We offer placements across Oldham and Greater Manchester and our schools are diverse – a mixture of small and medium primary schools including both rural and urban settings. Our schools do have two things in common – all are committed to providing a first class education for their pupils and all are looking forward to recruiting inspiring new teachers who are bright, passionate and ambitious.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £18,500

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



A 2:1 or above honours degree in a non-vocational subject. However, vocational subjects may be considered in some circumstances.

Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment (eg through postgraduate study).

You must also have two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects, and a minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics, and science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who have the energy and determination to make a difference for our pupils. You will have bright ideas, great communication skills and a desire to innovate. You’ll combine a strong work ethic with warmth, empathy and humility. A sense of humour is essential in this fast paced profession. You will need to be a good team player, ready to share ideas and to take advice. You’ll have to be resilient. In short, you’ll need to be someone special enough to inspire our pupils.

Other requirements

Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

About the training provider

Oasis Innovation Teaching School Alliance is working in partnership with The University of Manchester (an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training) to offer places on the Primary School Direct course. Throughout the year training is delivered by tutors from The University of Manchester and by outstanding teachers from across our training hub schools. Our small cohort means that you will benefit from intense, bespoke support as you develop in confidence in the classroom.

As a community of schools we support you in securing a teaching position once you have finished your PGCE year. You will receive extensive training helping you with job applications, interview techniques and other skills to aid you gaining employment.

To be an outstanding teacher takes energy, commitment and dedication. If you feel ready to train within the fast paced, professional environment of a busy school, then our School Direct route may be the best choice for you.

About the accredited body

The University of Manchester is an Outstanding provider of teacher training. We have worked closely with them for many years in creating a bespoke, engaging and school-based training programme. Trainees who successfully complete our programme receive their PGCE (with QTS) from the University of Manchester.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Oasis is working towards equality of opportunity for all who apply for employment with the organisation. We are actively opposed to discrimination and want to ensure our processes support recruitment of the full diversity of people.

We fully support the social model of disability and we recognise that people with different impairments or medical conditions can experience different barriers.

Contact details

0161 688 7535
Oasis Innovation TSA
c/o Oasis Academy Limeside,
Third Avenue


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