Altius Alliance
Modern Languages (German) (2MLX)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 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 we firmly believe that learning a language plays a significant role in developing students academically and culturally – and ultimately in helping them to open the door to the future of their choice. We teach French, German and Spanish and students begin learning one language in Year 7. We have a philosophy of “Speak First” and all students are immersed in the target language from their very first lesson. This style of language teaching, where target language is used, not only by teachers but also by students, allows learners to build on grammatical concepts to allow them to make clear links between areas of learning. A belief that “Oracy precedes literacy” underpins our pedagogical approach. There is a full calendar of enrichment activities, clubs, events and trips that run throughout the year.

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
  • MFL 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)

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.

How school placements work

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.


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

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £10,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

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

You may 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 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)

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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Cheadle Hulme High School, Woods Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7JY
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