Altius Alliance
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.

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 (5-11) and a PGCE (SCITT)

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.

Although each of the primary schools within the Alliance has its own identity they all have specialists and dedicated mentors to ensure trainees build the knowledge and skills to become excellent teachers in delivering the core and foundation curricula across Key stages 1 and 2.

Primary trainees from the placement schools come together for their generic training for one day per week throughout the year. This training enables trainees to understand and prepare for the demands of a primary school teacher (5-11) and develop a research-informed pedagogical practice that they continue to develop beyond 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 Manchester Metropolitan University to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (SCITT).

The course comprises:

  • Generic teacher training
  • Primary pedagogy programme to reflect KS1 and KS2 programmes
  • SEND with mental health programme
  • Three assessed teaching placements over two schools
  • Enhancement placements – at SEND school and secondary school (unassessed)
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • PGCE (SCITT) with 60 Masters credits

Interview process

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

Successful candidates will be invited to a remote interview which will be conducted 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 8 primary schools in the Alliance, 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.


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

Financial support

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 Honours Degree with a minimum 2:2 degree classification.

You must have achieved GCSE English Language, Maths and Science grade C or 4 at the 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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