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

Accredited body
University of Chester
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 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The Teach Cheshire partnership led by The Fallibroome Academy, All Hallows Catholic College and Poynton High School. We have high academic standards and are passionate about enabling our students to be creative, resilient and independent learners.

Our team of experienced and enthusiastic mentors will help you become a confident teacher so that you can make a difference to the lives of young people. Through our partnership with our university colleagues, we aim to create a varied development programme that helps you learn about effective teaching and learning, behaviour and assessment strategies.

During the course, you can expect:

  • Weekly meetings with a well-qualified specialist subject mentor to help with lesson planning and delivery
  • Fortnightly meetings with a professional mentor to ensure you develop a wider awareness of the role of the teacher, for example by supporting a form or engaging in extra-curricular activities
  • A study of current, challenging educational issues
  • A thorough programme of ongoing professional development and careers advice
  • Opportunities for reflective practice and research.

Most of the year is spent on placement in your home school with a 6-7 week placement in a different school in the Spring.

Whilst on placement your school will offer a full programme of CPD tailored to your needs. In addition, there are a number of joint development days, each held in a different Teach Cheshire school giving you the chance to meet all the trainees on the programme and experience a number of different contexts.

You have about 35 university study days which tend to blocked in September and January, along with most Fridays through the year. University tutorials are held at the Riverside Campus in Chester or at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes.

You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observations and the development of a portfolio of evidence. You submit a written assignment to the university each term, reflecting on teaching and learning pedagogy and its application in the classroom.

School placements

You will spend 120 days doing teaching practice in two different schools. The majority of the time is in your home school. We follow the pattern of home school in the Autumn Term, a 6 to 7 week placement in a different school in the Spring Term and back to your home school for the Summer Term.

Home schools are close to our hubs in the Macclesfield and Poynton area and the schools we normally use for second placements are in Stockport, South Manchester or the Winsford area. We work hard to ensure travelling times are reasonable.

You will start by observing how experienced staff manage lesson delivery and then you will start to teach parts of the lesson, supported by the normal class teacher.

Your teaching load increases gradually over the year. In the first term, you will build up to teaching a 40% timetable. This increases to around 60% in your second placement and to around 70% by the summer term.

As well as teaching subject lessons, you will work with a form group and have the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities. This ensures you are fully integrated into school life. You will be supported throughout by your subject mentor and professional mentor.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in history 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’ll 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 for:

  • enthusiasm for working with children and a determination to make a difference to the lives of young people of all abilities
  • some experience working or volunteering with young people
  • passion for your subject
  • awareness of current educational issues
  • personal awareness of your role as teacher in relation to teaching and learning
  • your capacity to engage in an intensive period of training
  • good communication skills
  • the capacity to reflect on your experience

We encourage prospective applicants to attend one of our regular visitor days.

Other requirements

When we make an offer, it is typical for there to be a number of conditions. For example:

  • An enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.
  • A health screening questionnaire

In some circumstances:

  • Successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

These courses are available for certain subjects and give a good grounding in the curriculum knowledge required to teach. Suitable candidates may be eligible for a bursary.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Teach Cheshire is an experienced School Direct Alliance with a hub centred around Macclesfield and Poynton for both secondary and primary teacher training.

All of the schools in the Alliance have comprehensive intakes and you will get experience of working with young people of all abilities. We have high academic standards and we are passionate about enabling our students to be confident, articulate, creative and resilient.

We have very high completion rates and all trainees have been graded good or outstanding. Over the past five years, on average, 90% of Teach Cheshire trainees found teaching jobs at the end of the course, with a significant proportion employed within the Teach Cheshire partnership. We work closely with our university colleagues to share the delivery of the programme so that you have the opportunity to apply learning from university sessions to the practical context of the classroom, supported and guided by experienced and enthusiastic teachers.

As a Teach Cheshire trainee, you are fully immersed into wider school life, with the opportunity to build up strong relationships with the staff and students in each placement school. You spend time in two different partnership schools, normally starting in one in the Autumn term, going to a contrasting placement in the Spring term and then returning to the first school in the Summer term.

Interview process

Interviews are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Whenever possible, they will take place face to face in a Teach Cheshire school. They last half a day and include:

  • The opportunity to talk to staff and students
  • A tour of the school
  • A short teaching task (you will be told in advance about the content of the lesson, the age group and size of class you will be teaching)
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject specialists
  • Identity and qualification checks (please bring photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)

Please note that you do not need to have completed school experience before the 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

Specialist disability and inclusion staff at both universities provide confidential information, advice and guidance to support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. Teach Cheshire schools will work closely with the universities to ensure needs are met whilst on placements.

Contact this training provider

01625 827898
SK10 4AF

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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