Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Mickle Trafford Alliance Primary (2788)

PGCE with QTS full time

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


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Training to be a teacher with Mickle Trafford Village School Alliance of schools allows Associate Teachers to gain a realistic understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching by becoming an integral part of the school staff. From the start, ATs will be expected to attend staff meetings, meet parents, become involved in PTA events and generally become immersed in school life. Combined with time away from the classroom spent developing professional skills and completing assessments for P.G.C.E. ( delivered and assessed by The University of Chester) this approach has proved successful and developed a new generation of teachers who feel optimistic and confident about starting their teaching career. Associate teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days in Mickle Trafford Village School, or/and like minded partner schools close by, completing placements in Key Stage 1 and 2. Mentors are experienced, supportive and aim to ensure that ATs set high standards for themselves and the pupils they teach.
In addition to time in the classroom, days are spent with ATs from local alliances developing and enhancing professional skills. These sessions include improving Associate Teachers’ subject knowledge , the use of different behaviour management strategies, understanding the needs of children with SEND and learning how to use technology to enhance learning. Associate Teachers are encouraged, where possible, to participate in residential trips along side the children. They will will help gain an understanding the planning process, including the need for risk assessments, offering information to parents and ensuring medical or SEND needs are catered for - it is these sort of real life school experiences that enable ATs to feel confident as they enter their NQT year. In collaboration with The Bishops’ Blue Coat High School, enrichment days help develop an understanding of the challenges facing transition between primary and high school. ATs from primary and secondary work together to create adapted tasks to be delivered in Y5, Y6 and Y7. The aim of the 3 day programme is to inspire pupils of different ages and encourage them to develop empathy and think sensitively about the lives of others. We recognise that this programme is intense and challenging and so endeavour to provide support throughout the year, including with making applications for teaching posts and suggestions for making positive impressions at interview later in the year. Adaptations to the delivery of this course may be necessary due to COVID -19 restrictions.

School placements

Associate Teachers will have placements in both KS1 and KS2 and will be working in a different year group each term. Where possible both lower and upper KS2 placements will be organised so that Associate Teachers get a breadth of experience across the primary age phase.

The usual programme outline (although changing circumstances in schools may mean this needs to be adapted) starts with ATs at their home school in the autumn term. In the spring term ATs visit their contrasting placement ( and a different year group) before returning to their home school in the summer term for their final placement - again in a different year group.

All schools are within the locality of Chester.

Due to COVID -19 restrictions, placements may be in one primary school only.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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

This is a challenging course - resilience, good time management and energy will be needed to complete the year. Candidates are reminded that school hours are not only the ones when the children are present and Associate Teachers will be expected to be in school before and after the children are present.

Other requirements

Ideally, candidates are expected to be able to evidence at least two weeks spent working in schools in the primary age phase or definite placements organised and confirmed prior to starting the course. Support can be offered to accommodate two weeks experience as a condition for an accepted offer

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £0

Please note the above Fees are a guide only. Fees are set by University of Chester - please check on the university website.

Financial support from the training provider

Please check DFE and University of Chester websites for details on loans and bursaries. Mickle Trafford Village School Alliance have no financial incentives for this course.

About the training provider

Mickle Trafford Village School Alliance has a long established and successful School Direct programme and we are looking to recruit our 8th cohort of Associate Teachers. In partnership with The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School, Chester, we offer training in both primary and secondary settings - please see the secondary subject offer available on UCAS. Our school-based teacher training programme provides the perfect platform from which to embark on a successful and rewarding career in teaching. Our aim is to ensure you are well equipped to start your career armed with the appropriate knowledge, skills and confidence to enable you to inspire the next generation. This is a tall order, you can expect to be based in a school from the start, gaining an understanding of the practicalities of school life and have an impact on children’s learning straight away. You’ll spend the majority of the academic year with your students supporting and motivating them to make progress, as well as spending time reflecting on your own development and practice. The programme provides the perfect balance of theory (in conjunction with University of Chester) and school based learning, which is why employment rates are high. Almost all our Associate Trainees gain employment in local schools or are supported to gain employment in other locations nationally and internationally.

Interview process

Candidates will be interviewed at Mickle Trafford Village School.

The process, which lasts half a day, will include, a formal interview, candidates delivering a task of their choosing to a group of children for approximately half an hour, questions from the School Council ( children) and basic mathematics and writing assessments.

This format may be adapted depending on COVID -19 restrictions. At this point, it is anticipated that outdoor learning would be the focus of the teaching element for example.

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

Mickle Trafford Village School Alliance welcomes applications from those who identify as having a disability. Please state on your application form any additional needs you may have and also additional support you require in place for interview.

Contact this training provider

01244 981 321
School Lane
Mickle Trafford

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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022