Arch Alliance - All Souls’ CE Primary
Primary (3FKL)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The School Direct programme is led by schools working in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. The recruitment and selection of students is undertaken by schools. Potential students are interviewed by the lead school and if successful, this may become their main placement school, where they will spend the larger part of their teaching experience, or they may be offered a place in another school in the alliance. Schools work in alliances, with a Lead School taking responsibility for the co-ordination of the School Direct programme across the alliance. The Lead School organises teaching experience days for students on key aspects of teaching and learning such as planning, assessment and meeting individual needs. They also have responsibility for preparing students to teach the Foundation Subjects and RE. In addition to work in school, students will attend 20 days at the lead school for additional input and will have some time between lectures for study and reflection. There is an expectation that students attend a SMSC day conference, ‘Living and Learning in Diverse 21st Century Britain’. SMSC explores important themes and dimensions; these go across subjects and are central to the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum and the wider professional responsibilities of teachers. Students will complete four assessments over the year, each contribute 15 M level credits towards a PGCE, all are led and marked by University tutors. Student must pass all assignments and their Teaching Experience (TE) to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). On completion of the programme, successful students will gain 60 credits at Masters level, which they may use towards a future continuing professional development qualification, they will be awarded a PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. PGCE certificates are graded as pass, merit or distinction according to the grades obtained from each of the assessed units.

Interview process

When shortlisted for interview candidates will be invited to the Lead School - All Souls’ CE in Heywood for an interview. Candidates will be provided with an interview guidance booklet at this point to support them in the interview process. The interview panel will consist of the Head of the Arch Alliance Teaching School and the Lead School leader of school based training. Our aim at interview is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates therefore performance in all four aspects of the interview will be taken into consideration.

  • Written task
  • Teaching task
  • Individual presentation
  • Individual interview

How school placements work

We offer placements for both primary courses and Early Years. Students are in their main school initially for 13 weeks (Block A). They then undertake a shorter placement of approximately 10 weeks in an alternative second school (Block B). Students also engage in a 1-week inclusion placement, focusing on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Students then return to their main school for a further 7 weeks (Block A2). Placements are organised by the Lead School using their alliance of primary schools. All Souls’ CE (an outstanding primary school) is the Lead school and endeavours to match trainees with schools that will best support their teaching experience. Our alliance of 11 schools are all based within Rochdale therefore reducing travel time to and from school.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also 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 will need to be a graduate with a 1st , 2.1 or a 2.2 degree awarded by a higher education provider in England or Wales. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and science. If you haven’t achieved the required GCSEs, there are a range of options to obtain the qualifications If you studied outside the UK, check the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels, and an undergraduate degree.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who will become enthusiastic outstanding teachers with an ability to inspire our children with a love and a lifelong interest in learning. The Arch Teaching Alliance seeks resilient trainees with a passion, dedication and commitment to primary school education. When you apply, you should already be able to demonstrate the following:  A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education,  Suitable personal and presentational qualities, including a good standard of spoken and written English. Classroom experience is desirable but not essential.

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Manchester Metropolitan University and the Arch Alliance you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

About the training provider

The Arch Alliance comprises of two outstanding primary teaching schools based in Heywood, Rochdale. All Souls’ Church of England Primary School leads the school direct partnership in conjunction with Edge Hill University. The Arch Alliance offers a one year School Direct with PGCE route into primary teaching and we are committed to providing quality teachers for our pupils. With a proven track record in delivering excellent teacher training the Arch Alliance offers a more personalised approach to your school based training. We are a National Teaching School and have an excellent Professional Development Programme which we encourage all trainees to access during their training year. This commitment to your professional development does not end with your PGCE training; we continue to be committed to supporting your teaching career. Our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers and progress to leadership at all levels, should they so wish. Our partnership of primary schools provide a diverse range of teaching experiences for our trainees. All of our schools are based in the Rochdale area and their Head Teachers work collaboratively to ensure we have outstanding teachers in our local schools. We currently have thirteen primary schools within our partnership and we are proud to say that six of our schools are Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ proving excellence is at the heart of everything we do.

About the accredited body

Manchester Met has experience of developing education professionals for over 100 years. The faculty work in partnership with over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and a range of other settings across the education, community, charity, arts and business sectors. The Faculty is also home to a UK leading Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), an internationally recognised centre of excellence for applied educational research and evaluation Designed for graduates and professionals with knowledge across a variety of educational settings, our courses focus on education as a multi-layered and challenging field of study.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University. We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise you about: Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study

  • Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions

  • The benefits of a Student Support Plan

  • Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility

  • Reasonable adjustments to support your study

  • Exam modifications and alternative assessments

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • Support whilst on placement (e.g. access and transport)

  • Disclosure and Confidentiality

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans

One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition, which may require First Aid, we strongly recommend that you complete one of our Emergency Action Plans. We can discuss this with you when you come to see us.

Contact details

01706 360027
C/O All Souls' CE Primary School
Rye Street
Greater Manchester
OL10 4DF


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