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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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.

School placements

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 larger primary schools serving a range of different local communities and contexts. 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

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 Department for Education’s requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which includes having the health and physical capacity to train to teach and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,500

About the training provider

Oasis School Direct 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.

Interview process

Assessment days will take place at regular intervals starting late October. The interview process will normally take place in the lead school or online. You will be expected to complete a short presentation and undertake a formal interview.

In instances where interviews need to be conducted remotely, we will make arrangements with applicants well in advance of the interview date.

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

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 this training provider

0161 688 7535
Oasis Academy Limeside
Third Avenue

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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