Manchester Trusts and Schools Alliance Music (3D4X)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The Music Departments at our partnership schools are outstanding, and an excellent base to begin your training and teaching career. There is a mix of recently qualified and extremely experienced staff within the department. The subject mentors for Music are outstanding practitioners.

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? Chorlton High School is recognised nationally for the training it provides at all levels. MTSA does their best to place Associate Teachers in Chorlton High School, as the lead secondary school in the alliance, and another contrasting placement within the alliance. These include CHS South, Manchester Enterprise Academy and MEA Central. Contrasting placements are also provided from schools across Manchester, for example we have previously worked with The Manchester Grammar School, The Kingsway School, Fallibroome Academy, Cheadle Hulme High 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

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

Your degree subject should be in music 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Manchester Trusts & Schools Alliance is led by five legacy 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, providing 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

The Manchester Trusts and Schools Alliance have worked closely with MMU for many years and have forged excellent relationships to ensure our students benefit from our truly collaborative work in partnership.

Our leaders actively participate on the steering groups set up by the university and this ensures we work effectively together for the benefit of all our students.

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.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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