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Manchester Teaching School Alliance Design and Technology (3D4N)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

How will the course be assessed? Associate Teachers currently have three assignments to complete, along with several shorter ‘reflection points’. In addition to this, when you are on teaching placements, you will need to complete planning, evaluations, marking and self-assessment against the teaching standards. These will be monitored and/or assessed by your mentor and University link tutor.

Your teaching will also be observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least one joint observation with your professional mentor and one joint observation with your University link tutor. These are the people who will be available to support and mentor you throughout your training.

Can I refresh my subject knowledge? Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset, for example, your degree might not be in your chosen subject but is closely related. As an Associate Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen. Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available, with a bursary, for English, Maths, Physics, Languages, Chemistry, Computing, Biology, Geography and Design and Technology. Your training sessions at School and University will also assist here, but you are also expected to fill in gaps in your subject knowledge autonomously in order to be confident and competent in teaching accurately.

What proportion of time is spent in school and at University? Across the training year, Associate Teachers spend 28 days in University, for subject knowledge and assignment support. 18 days on school-based training and have 120 days teaching experience in two contrasting schools.

How do I become a qualified teacher? The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the Teacher Standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assignments, teaching files, reflections and observations completed during your training. A PGCE is awarded from Manchester Metropolitan University.

School placements

Where will I be placed for secondary training? MTSA places Associate Teachers in Chorlton High School, as the lead secondary school in the alliance, and another contrasting placement. Chorlton High School is a designated Teaching School, recognised for the training it provides at all levels, which has recently opened a free school, CHS South. Contrasting placements are provided from schools across Manchester, that CHS works closely with for initial teacher training. For example, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Fallibroome Academy, Cheadle Hulme High School, Kingsway School and Loreto 6th Form College.

Which year groups will I be placed in? Associate Teachers complete placements in 11-16 schools. You will also have experience of KS2 transition, in a local primary school, and post 16 teaching.

You will then be qualified to teach the secondary age range. You will have your specialism but may offer to teach a second subject also.



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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Chorlton High School
Chorlton High School, Nell Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7SL
Chorlton High School South
Chorlton High School South , 550 Mauldeth Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7AA
MEA Central
MEA Central, Lytham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6PL
Manchester Enterprise Academy
Manchester Enterprise Academy , Simonsway, Wythenshawe , Manchester, M22 9RH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

What are the entry requirements for School Direct? Associate Teachers must have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum.

For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

Good standards of written and spoken English are also essential. You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and Mathematics.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit Associate Teachers who are dedicated to pursuing success for children across Manchester. Our placement schools are truly comprehensive and reflect the diverse makeup of the city. We want lifelong learners who will fulfil their potential in the classroom and in their professional development.

Our current cohort and alumni have varied background experiences. Some have worked in a school before starting training, some come straight from university and others have been career-changers. We have applications from mature students, from those who have worked overseas, parents and applicants currently living or looking to relocate to south Manchester.

Other requirements

All applicants will need to have an Enhanced DBS check done, prior to working with young people. This will be completed through the Disclosure and Baring Service and MTSA.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Manchester Teaching School Alliance is led by five designated teaching schools: Brookburn Primary School, Barlow Primary School, Chorlton Park, Chorlton High School and Sea Shells Trust. The alliance brings together primary and secondary schools across South Manchester, and works in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. All MTSA members work together, to provide a high-quality teacher-training experience for primary and secondary Associate Teachers.

Why train to teach with MTSA? As an Associate Teacher with MTSA, you join a team of staff committed to delivering the highest quality learning and teaching to children in Manchester. You immerse yourself in school life from day one. Your mentors support you fully, using innovative training to enable you to become a resilient, successful and fulfilled professional who can make a difference.

What can MTSA School Direct offer you?

  • Teaching placements in a network of schools in our alliance including a Special School,
  • Cross-phase training experiences throughout the course
  • Trained mentors supporting every aspect of your professional development
  • Professional studies sessions facilitated by outstanding teachers, centred around issues directly related to teaching and learning in inner city contexts
  • Meetings with other associate teachers from a wide trainee network across Manchester
  • Regular pedagogical training sessions at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE, and Masters level credits
  • Support with further professional development in your first year of teaching (NQT)
  • Experiences not offered through the traditional PGCE route, such as INSET training, a wellbeing provision and increased job prospects through establishing direct links with schools

About the accredited body

Teacher Education and Professional Development We’ve been educating teachers, practitioners and professionals for over 100 years and have a partnership network of over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations.

We’re proud to be one of the largest teacher training establishments in the country and we welcome over 700 trainee teachers onto our PGCE courses each year.

We specialise in training for primary school teaching, including early years. We offer over 20 specialisms for those wishing to teach in secondary schools. These include the national priority subjects: Mathematics; Science; Physics with Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages; Design & Technology and Computing.

Interview process

Applicants are interviewed by MTSA, this will include a member of the training team and a subject specialist. The interview for secondary admission has three elements consisting of a teaching task, a written task, and a panel interview. Applicants will also have to pass their Maths and Literacy within three months of our offer.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are very happy to support candidates with disabilities and other needs and have particular experience in supporting candidates with dyslexia.

Contact this training provider

Brookburn Primary School
Brookburn Rd
Greater Manchester
M21 8EH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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