Aspirer School Direct Primary (2V97)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course prepares you to be an effective and reflective Teacher in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Ages 3 - 7).

You will spend the vast majority of the year learning how to teach in a real classroom and be mentored by your Learning Coach, who will be an experienced, expert and outstanding teacher.

You will learn about teaching children in the Early Years and Key Stage One including, in the Early Years:

  • the role of play
  • early reading and phonics
  • early number concepts
  • social and physical development

And in Key Stage One:

  • planning, teaching and assessing all of the Key Stage 1 subjects
  • behaviour management
  • safeguarding
  • special needs and disability
  • teaching children with English as an additional language

We are one of the first five National Research Schools so you will have access to the latest high quality research and to national experts in a number of fields such as teaching reading and mathematics.

Our University partner, Sheffield Hallam University, recognised by OFSTED as an outstanding provider, leads the teaching for the 60 Masters credits that you will gain.

These are gained through assignments on: Talk and learning, Lesson study (in which you will have the opportunity to do some small scale research of your own) and following the progress of a group of children in your class over a year.

You spend around 15 days at Sheffield Hallam in the year (travel from your “home” school is paid).

You will be assessed on your growing ability to teach over the year by your Learning Coach/ Mentor.

School placements

We work with over fifteen schools in the Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Buxton and Manchester areas.

You will learn to teach children from ages 3 - 7

You will be placed in a “home” school for the majority of the year (around 32 weeks in total) and do a shorter placement (around 10 weeks) in an “away” school so that you complete placements in Early Years and Key Stage One.

We strive to place you in a home school which is easily accessible for you and which suits your needs after discussion with you.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Belgrave Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF
Other Schools in the Macclesfield area
C/O Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF
Schools in Fallowfield, Manchester
C/O Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF
Schools in Northwich
C/O Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF
Schools in Wilmslow
C/O Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF

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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

You can use a range of equivalency test providers. Please contact us for details of the ones which are accepted.

Personal qualities

You must have:

  • Commitment to a career in teaching
  • Effective communication skills including use of written and spoken English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Leadership potential
  • Ability to relate to and engage with children
  • A range of positive personal characteristics including flexibility, communication, independence, initiative and resilience
  • Ability to explain concepts clearly
  • The ability to develop strong subject knowledge
  • A sense of humour

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,250

About the training provider

Aspirer and Sheffield Hallam University work in partnership together with 15+ primary schools within Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Buxton and Manchester. Trainees will be placed in schools in the Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Crewe, Northwich, Buxton and Sandbach areas and in Fallowfield, Manchester. The schools within our alliance are varied in terms of their contexts. We work with schools in rural, urban and more deprived areas, However, all schools in our partnership are committed to ensuring the very best outcomes for all children regardless of their starting points and are excited about training the next generation of teachers who will continue to do this. As one of the first five National Research Schools, our programme is rooted in the latest understanding and research into effective teaching and learning. We strongly believe that we are best placed to share with trainees up to date, current practice around teaching and learning, classroom management and anything else that trainees need to know in order to become an outstanding and inspirational classroom practitioners, whatever school setting they choose to apply to in the future. More information about the course and the schools within our alliance can be found on our website:

About the accredited body

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) are an OFSTED Outstanding rated provider and Aspirer School Direct is proud to work in partnership with one of the best universities for Initial Teacher Education.

Interview process

Once you have applied, you may be offered an interview. At the interview, you will be asked to:

  • Facilitate a classroom activity for between 20 - 30 minutes. You can choose the activity and the year group.

  • Interview with the panel (Usually the Programme Leader and a Headteacher or Principal from one of the Alliance Schools)

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

Both Aspirer and Sheffield Hallam are proud of the support - from application to course completion - that we give to students with access difficulties.
We consider every applicant as a unique individual with the potential to become an outstanding teacher and that we do all that we can to help trainees to overcome any barriers to success. In the recent past, students with difficulties such as physical needs, dyslexia and hearing impairment have successfully gained their PGCE and QTS with Aspirer.

Contact this training provider

01625 466914
Ash Grove Academy
Belgrave Rd

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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