Altius Teacher Training Primary (3BW6)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Altius Teacher Training is a centre of excellence for developing confident, competent and reflective teachers. Altius provides a practical and immersive route to teaching underpinned by the highest quality training designed and delivered by expert practioners. Within this ambitious and comprehensive programme trainees are mentored and trained in a professional and research-informed environment to achieve QTS and a PGCE with 60 Master’s credits.

The programme is structured around the three usual academic terms. All trainees will undertake their assessed teaching placements (5-11) in two of the 8 primary schools in our Alliance; these are all schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted and are located in South Manchester and Cheshire. Training days are integrated into the programme calendar so that knowledge and understanding are built alongside practical application guided by a dedicated mentor. There are dedicated days for the PGCE element of the course.

The Altius Curriculum comprises: Three assessed teaching placements (5-11) with dedicated mentoring

Adaptive and Inclusive teaching programme Generic teaching and learning principles Subject-specific pedagogy programme to reflect KS1 and KS2 programmes Behaviour Management training Professional Behaviours programme Enhancement experiences (SEND and secondary) Enrichment opportunities

Support programme for PGCE (SCITT)

Primary trainees come together for generic training for one day per week and 4 additional weeks throughout the training. The training covers all generic aspects of training such as professionalism, behaviour management etc. then all subjects have their own integral pedagogical progamme. All training is delivered by practising experts in the partnership primaries.


QTS: Trainees’ progress against the Altius Curriculum will be monitored throughout the course. Alongside full engagement with the course an electronic portfolio of evidence comprising lesson plans, resources, observation feedback and generic and subject-specific tasks will support the award of QTS.

PGCE (SCITT): Two assignments (5000 words each) at Master’s level.

School placements

There are 8 primary schools in the partnership, these are located in South Manchester and Cheshire. All trainees undertake an assessed teaching practice (5-11) in each school term and experience two schools and both key stages over the three placements; in the third placement they return to their first placement school. They come together one day per week across the three placements for generic training.

As a small provider we endeavour to take account of participants’ locations and personal circumstances when arranging placements.

In summary, there are three assessed teaching placements (5-11) over two schools throughout the course.

In addition to these the trainees spend some time in early years and in a secondary school environment to experience an educational setting beyond the 5-11 age range. These are called enhancement placement and are not assessed.

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Altius Teacher Training 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) Altius is a partnership of primary and secondary schools across Greater Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire. In 2017 Altius was judged to be an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training by Ofsted. Cheadle Hulme High School,(11-18), is the lead Altius school and is a consistently high performing state school and judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in two successive inspections. 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 partnership 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 may be carried out face-to-face or remotely by two members of the SCITT team, depending on circumstances.

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

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Altius Teacher Training 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 Altius 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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