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Altius Alliance Geography (2LGF)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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 a Laurus Trust School and a further placement at another school within our Alliance.

At the Laurus Trust all Geography teachers are specialists supported by excellent facilities. Students study a range of units from both the physical and human geographical disciplines. They experience physical topics such as rivers, coasts and weather along with human themes including development, economic activity and population.

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
  • Geography pedagogy programme
  • 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 evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards (DfE), 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)

School placements

There are approximately 9 secondary schools in the Alliance across Stockport, Manchester and Tameside. Cheadle Hulme High School is the lead school in the Altius Alliance. All generic training involving the full cohort takes place here. There are three assessed (11-16) teaching placements throughout the course. Trainees start the first placement in September and move to a new context in January for their second placement. They then, usually, return to the first placement school around March to complete the course.

  1. As a small provider we endeavour to take account of participants’ locations and personal circumstances when arranging second placements.
  2. 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 a Laurus Trust school. In addition to these placements the trainees spend some time in post 16 and primary environments to experience settings either side of the 11-16 age range. These are called enhancement placements and are not assessed.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Fees and financial support

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

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 and Cheshire. 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 (CHHS),(11-18), consistently the highest performing state school in Stockport and judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in two successive inspections. CHHS is the lead school in the Laurus Trust. 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),(SCITT), with 60 Masters credits, from our partner Manchester Metropolitan University. Secondary trainees undertake at least one of their assessed placements in a Laurus secondary school. Primary trainees undertake their assessed placements in two of our Alliance primary schools. 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) Please be aware we are not eligible to sponsor student visas.

Interview process

The selection process will involve an initial application (two references are required to support this application).

Successful candidates will be invited for interview. This interview will be carried out remotely by two members of the SCITT team.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the interview via UCAS within 3 working days.

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 this training provider

0161 485 7201
Cheadle Hulme High School
Woods Lane
Cheadle Hulme

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021