Manchester Trusts and Schools Alliance Primary (3DBY)

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


About the course

What can the MTSA School Direct course offer you? As an associate teacher you become part of our ‘MTSA family’, we offer bespoke high quality experiences, professional support and training. You directly gain by having teaching placements across a network of schools with contrasting context, that also includes cross phase and a Special School. High quality support from trained mentors will support you professionally and personally. Professional study sessions are delivered by outstanding teachers and our Specialist Leaders of Education. At the end of the course you will have both QTS and a PGCE with Masters level Credits and be supported in your NQT year. Also throughout the year are additional experiences not offered via the traditional PGCE route and are bespoke to you. e.g. first aid, communication with parents/carers, growth mindset training etc We want you to be the best you can be!

The workload Associate Teachers currently have 4 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.

Your teaching will also be observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least 1 joint observation with your professional mentor and 1 joint observation with your University link tutor. These are the people who will be available to support and mentor you through your training.

Can I refresh my subject knowledge? As a primary school teacher not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset. As an Associate Teacher, you can identify parts of your subject knowledge that you need to refresh or deepen. Your training sessions at school and University will assist here, but you are expected to fill in gaps in your subject knowledge autonomously in order to be confident and competent in teaching accurately.

What proportion of my time is spent in school and at University? Associate Teachers spend 29 days in University, 18 days on school-based training and have 120 days teaching experience.

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 teaching standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assessments, assignments and observations completed during your training.

School placements

Where will I be placed for primary training? MTSA places Associate Teachers in a network of primary schools across our alliance. These include Brookburn, Chorlton Park, Beaver Rd, Manley Park, Barlow Hall, St John’s RC, St Mary’s RC, Old Moat Primary and Chorlton CE. All these schools are located in or around Chorlton in South Manchester and have achieved good or outstanding Ofsted ratings.

Which year groups will I be placed in? Associate Teachers complete placements in both Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6). There is also an option to specialise in Early Years in this case Associate Teachers complete placements in both Early Years and KS1. These are the placements where you will be assessed. You will also complete a short placement (2/3 days) in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-11) and 1 week in Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception). These placements are for experience only and are not assessed. For those specialising in Early Years a week’s placement in KS2 will be completed.

You will then be qualified for the specified primary age range.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We wish to recruit Associate Teachers who are dedicated to pursuing success for children across Manchester. Our Associate Teachers are lifelong learners who want to fulfil their potential both in the classroom and in their professional development.

Our current trainees have varied backgrounds. Some were employed as Teaching Assistants within a school before coming to train, others came straight from university, and others were career-changers who had worked in another field before training to teach. We had applications from mature students, from those who had worked overseas, parents with families and from candidates who were relocating to the Manchester area

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 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

Trainees are interviewed by MTSA. The Headteachers take a keen interest in our School Direct associate teachers and two of them will sit on the interview panel. The interview has 4 elements consisting of a teaching task, a written reflection task, a Maths 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, 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

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 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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