Altius Alliance
Chemistry (2LGB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, 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
September 2020


About the course

The Altius Alliance will ensure that you are trained, coached and mentored by experienced, highly effective practitioners and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) to achieve QTS and a PGCE (SCITT) All trainees undertake at least one of the 3 placements at Cheadle Hulme High School and a further placement at another school within our Alliance.

Cheadle Hulme High School Science Department comprises a large suite of dedicated science laboratories, three preparatory rooms and an office. All the science teachers are specialists and are supported by four technicians and a Learning Support Assistant. We deliver a traditional and challenging KS3 curriculum over three years and students are taught where possible by subject specific specialist teachers from Year 8 onwards. At KS4, all of our students take OCR Gateway GCSE Science or Separate Sciences. Over 50% of sixth form students take an A Level in Science, all of which use the AQA exam board. The Science department has a full calendar of enrichment activities, clubs and events which run throughout the year. Particular highlights are the “pop up” Planetarium and the Science Fair.

The course:

The course runs from September to the end of June. All of the time is spent in schools (apart from 4 days at university to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (SCITT). The course comprises:

  • Generic teacher training
  • Chemistry pedagogy programme - reflecting the KS3 and KS4 content outlined above
  • SEND with mental health programme
  • Three assessed teaching placements (11-16)
  • Enhancement placements –SEND school, Post 16 and primary placement (unassessed)
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • PGCE (SCITT) with 60 Masters credits


QTS: This is an evidence based course where trainees are required to maintain and submit files of evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards (DfE). These files comprise school experience files, formal lesson observations, pedagogy tasks, specific generic and curriculum-based tasks. PGCE (SCITT): Two assignments (5000 words each) at Masters level. ‘The SCITT has an excellent reputation for producing NQTs who are confident and competent teachers.’ (Ofsted 2017)

Interview process

The selection process will involve an initial application (two references are required to support this application) after which applicants may be asked to attend an Assessment Day.

Successful candidates will be invited for interview at Cheadle Hulme High School. During the process, which lasts for approximately 2 hours, you will be welcomed by a representative of the Alliance and given an overview of the programme.

The interview process comprises 3 elements. 1) Candidates will be observed teaching a short segment of a lesson to a group of pupils. The requirements for this and attainment information about the pupils being taught will have been sent with the invitation for interview. 2) An interview with a member of the SCITT team and a subject lead. 3) A short assessment of literacy and numeracy skills

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the interview via UCAS within 2 working days.

How school placements work

There are approximately 12 secondary schools in the Alliance across Stockport, Manchester, Tameside and Cheshire. All formal training takes place at Cheadle Hulme High School and the majority of trainees undertake their first assessed teaching placement (11-16) at this school, from September until Christmas.
After Christmas trainees move to another school within the Alliance for their second assessed teaching placement (11-16). As a small provider we endeavour to take account of participants’ locations and personal circumstances when arranging second placements. Around Easter time trainees return to their first placement school; although some opt to remain in their second placement school until the end of the course. In summary, there are three assessed teaching placements (11-16) over two schools throughout the course and at least one of these takes place at Cheadle Hulme High School.


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

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

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

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 must already possess, or expect to be awarded, the equivalent of a UK Honors Degree with a minimum 2:2 degree classification. Degree modules must be at least 50% relevant.

You must already have achieved GCSE English Language and Maths grade C or 4 at time of application.

Personal qualities

‘Teaching is the most difficult profession of all. The only time a physician comes close to doing what a teacher does is when the doctor faces an emergency room of multiple patients with multiple conditions, all of whom need immediate attention. That’s what a teacher deals with every day in a class of 30.’ Lee Shulman Adapted from Educational Leadership, Vol 67 (5), February 2010

You need a high standard of personal organisation, a willingness to learn, a passion for your subject and, above all, a desire to work with young people to help them achieve their potential.

Other requirements

Before trainee teachers start their training, they must have

  • been screened by the Disclosure and Barring Service to make sure they are not barred from working with children and vulnerable adults

  • been assessed as having the health and physical capacity to teach so that children and young people in their care would not be at risk of harm

About the training provider

The Altius Alliance SCITT provides a school-led route which ‘ensures that trainees have the opportunity to hone their practical teaching skills in an intellectually rigorous context. Training balances conceptual understanding with the practical toolkit trainees need to teach in schools.’ (Ofsted 2017) The SCITT is a partnership of primary and secondary schools across Greater Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and Tameside. In 2017 the SCITT was judged to be an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training by Ofsted. The SCITT is based at Cheadle Hulme High School (11-18), consistently the highest performing state school in Stockport and judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in two successive inspections. All formal primary and secondary training takes place here and all secondary trainees undertake their first and final placements at this school. Primary trainees undertake their assessed placements in one of our Alliance primary schools. The Ofsted report lauded the training programme stating that ‘exceptionally well-designed training enables trainees and NQTs to thrive.’ The current and former trainees told the inspectors it had been ‘a privilege’ to train with the SCITT and praised the ‘excellent levels of support provided by leaders and managers.’ Trainees who successfully complete their training are recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS) 11-16 (secondary) or 5-11 (primary). All gain a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), with 60 Masters credits, from our partner Manchester Metropolitan University. Choose to train with us if you want ‘a robust and rich school-led programme that demands high expectations alongside offering opportunity and challenge.’ (Ofsted 2017)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Altius Alliance is committed to Equal Opportunities for all our applicants. If you have any specific requirements we would be pleased to discuss them with you.

There are schools within the Altius Alliance which have full disability access.

Contact details

0161 485 7201
Cheadle Hulme High School
Woods Lane
Cheadle Hulme


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