Teacher Training @ Knutsford
English (295D)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
Financial support
Bursary or 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

Our PGCE programme begins in late August with Enrolment week at LJMU and finishes late June, the following year. The programme comprises of four days class contact, along with one professional training day each week. Trainees are based at their home school from Monday to Thursday and follow a Professional Studies Programme on Fridays. The Professional Studies programme is delivered predominantly at the Knutsford Academy site, supported by online learning and University based sessions. The programme covers all the knowledge and understanding that trainees need, to prepare for a successful career in teaching. Practising School Leaders give an insight into day to day life at school, with key note talks on safeguarding, managing data, managing behaviour, making successful job applications, and supporting Vulnerable Students. LJMU colleagues provide lectures on key educational theories and pedagogical research, plus they provide context for assignments. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. Sessions are largely workshop-based and participatory so that theoretical, research-informed teaching is explicitly linked to its practical implications for the classroom.

The placement model is broken down into three phases, as outlined below. Teaching expectations and timetable commitments increase as the year progresses: Phase 1 - Observation and beginning teaching and learning. Phase 2 - Consolidating and developing teaching and learning. Phase 3 - Extending teaching and learning leading to Qualifying to Teach

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through two modules. The course team and partnership schools have worked together to ensure that the PGCE Award is both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of the academic Modules. Trainees also submit one academic essay, in two parts, which focuses on reflecting on aspects of your practice.

Interview process

Candidates who are short-listed will be invited for an interview at Knutsford Academy. You will meet with representatives from both the University and the lead school. We will cover an introduction to the training programme, along with general issues in education and what it means to be a teacher. You will deliver a 5 minute presentation on a previously prepared topic and this will be followed by a 20 minute individual interview. Your individual interview will explore subject specific issues, as well as your reasons for teaching. It will explore your attitudes to young people and your understanding of what teaching entails. You will be judged on your ability to communicate clearly and on your engagement with the interview panel.

How school placements work

TT@K will arrange and provide a quality placement experience for all candidates in two schools. You will spend the majority of your time in your home school placement, plus 6 weeks after Christmas in an alternate placement.

We partner a range of schools across Cheshire and Manchester and are continually increasing these. They currently include:

Hartford High School, Northwich County High School Leftwich, Northwich Weaverham High School, Weaverham Winsford Academy, Winsford Middlewich High School, Middlewich Werneth School, Stockport Marple Hall School, Marple, Stockport Eaton Bank, Congleton Tytherington High School, Macclesfield Macclesfield Academy, Macclesfield St Cuthberts Catholic High, St Helens Golborne High School, Warrington Helsby High School, Helsby St Pauls Catholic High School, Wythenshawe


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £14,000

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You should hold, or be expected to achieve, a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in an English related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above. You should also have GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C or above, or an approved Equivalency test successfully completed by the end of July 2020.

About the training provider

Teacher Training @ Knutsford (TT@K) is a School Direct Teacher Training programme developed in partnership between Knutsford Multi Academy Trust and Liverpool John Moores University.

Knutsford Academy is the Lead School for this programme and we are now looking to recruit trainee teachers who have the potential to be outstanding in the classroom. Our training programme develops inspirational teachers with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of delivering excellence in teaching and learning. Your award is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS.

We provide ongoing support to all of our trainees, along with guidance and advice to enable you to become an outstanding professional. Support comes from a wide variety of different professionals based at Knutsford Academy, our partnership schools, external organisations and Liverpool John Moores University.

For more information, please contact us: rtr@knutsfordacademy.org.uk

About the accredited body

A major advantage of studying with TT@K is the support that Liverpool John Moores University provides to all of our trainees.

The University can offer advice through its Student Services team on finance queries such as access to hardship loans, Careers Guidance, help finding somewhere to live, or a confidential one-on-one with a qualified counsellor. In addition, there is an impressive Library Service available to ensure that all students get the best out of the extensive information resources and excellent learning facilities.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At Knutsford Multi Academy Trust we are committed to working together to provide an inspirational and exciting learning environment where everybody can develop an enthusiasm for life-long learning. We believe that staff and pupils alike should feel happy, safe and valued, so that they gain a respectful and caring attitude towards each other and the environment. We are also committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access, plus one that values and includes all students, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school.

Furthermore, LJMU offer excellent support to all students with a disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) e.g. dyslexia. This is provided through the University’s Inclusive Services team, who have highly experienced staff members.

Contact details

Knutsford Multi Academy Trust
Bexton Road
WA16 0EA


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