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Bury Schools Alliance Primary (2RJ6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
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
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Course summary

As a Bury Schools Alliance (BSA) Primary School Direct trainee you will receive placement training delivered by expert teachers and well-qualified mentors in our alliance of Bury schools. This will be further enhanced by attendance on a number of days at our partner University, Manchester Metropolitan University. BSA supplement this classroom placement experience with a structured continuous professional development programme throughout the year.

During the PGCE year you will complete three placements (across two consecutive key stages) in two Bury schools within the Alliance. You will work alongside happy and friendly children and hardworking and ambitious staff. With full support and thorough preparation you will share the responsibility for planning and teaching your own classes.

The programme is highly personalised from your first contact with us at Bury Schools Alliance to taking up your first teaching job, hopefully in one of our alliance partner schools. To date, all of our School Direct students secured employment in their NQT year. Several of our former students now hold middle and senior leadership roles in local schools. Other graduates have chosen to use their skills to teach overseas.

Students will complete four assessments over the year. This is in the form of two written assignments, one presentation and a portfolio of evidence. Each assessment contributes 15 M level credits towards a PGCE and all are led and marked by University tutors. Student must pass all assignments and their Teaching Experience (TE) to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS).

On completion of the programme, successful students will gain 60 credits at Masters level, which they may use towards a future continuing professional development qualification, they will be awarded a PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

School placements

BSA works on an A B A model where you will complete two school placements A and B; placement A in the autumn and summer terms at one of the schools in the Bury School Alliance and placement B in the spring term where you will be allocated to a different school within the alliance.

Our alliance schools offer dynamic and diverse settings within which to train. You will get experience of working with young people of all abilities. You will also have a 5 day inclusion placement in a special school to give you the experience of working with learners in all phases and contexts. We can offer additional SEN experience, due to our very close links to Elms Bank Specialist Art College, should you have an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Over the course you will experience time in Early Years, Special, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and Secondary settings.

The first placement will start early September and involves teaching practice in school each week, with weekly Professional Study/ Training Days over the year delivered by outstanding colleagues from our Alliance schools. This provides an opportunity to discuss teaching experiences with the whole School Direct cohort in Bury, share ideas and learning and access further training opportunities to suit the requests and needs of students. This placement ends at the end of the autumn term and trainees return after Easter. The second placement starts in January and ends before Easter. We have the capacity to tailor training to suit the needs of the student cohort.

You will have full access to the facilities of The Manchester Metropolitan University, which has national recognition for its high quality Initial Teacher Training provision. The majority of your time will be school based but there are a number of days where you will be based at the University, far reduced compared to a traditional PGCE.

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Manchester Met offers equivalency tests in English, maths and science - (

Please note if you have the following qualifications instead of GCSE English and/or maths, you will be required to pass equivalency test instead: Functional Skills in English or Mathematics, Key Skills in English or Mathematics, Adult Numeracy or Adult Literacy

Personal qualities

We are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainees who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching to make a real difference to young peoples’ lives and futures. If this is you, and you have the following attributes, we want to hear from you!

  • The confidence and ability to engage with children
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • A commitment to working hard
  • An ability to establish good working relationships
  • Commitment to a professional team
  • Flexibility - a crucial characteristic that is vital in this active and constantly changing climate

Other requirements

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers are expected to make an assessment of English and mathematics knowledge of a student before QTS is awarded. Skills will be assessed during course induction. Additional support can be provided to ensure you meet these conditions by the end of your training programme.

School experience is no longer required for you to apply to train to teach with us. BSA do understand, and recognise, the value of school experience and should you wish to arrange this we would be happy to help you.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees can be funded through a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. The loan is not means -tested and covers the full amount of the tuition fees. These are paid direct to the University when you enrol on a PGCE course. You would repay the loan after you have graduated and are earning over £25,000.

Maintenance Loan

This is available to help you with your living costs. The amount you will receive depends on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours) and the loan is repayable once you have finished the course and are earning over £25,000.

A bursary or scholarship may also be available for this subject. Details of bursaries and scholarships available for 2022 - 2023 will be announced soon. Please visit Get Into Teaching for latest information:

About the training provider

Bury Schools Alliance (formally Bury Teaching Schools Alliance) was formed in 2014 by two National Teaching Schools: Christ Church CE Primary School and Elms Bank Specialist Arts College.

The BSA is a joint venture by primary, special and secondary schools in Bury. We work in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University to identify and grow our next generation of teachers and future leaders.

We work very closely with a number of Bury Schools on ITT and are able to provide cross phase opportunities in a range of school settings, eg all students will spend some time within a special school as part of their course. For those with an interest in working in special education we are able to offer placements in a special school context within certain subjects.

The partnership schools in our alliance offer a range of experiences, working alongside happy and friendly children and hardworking and ambitious staff. All the schools have experience of teacher training and are able to coach and mentor trainees through the programme, producing good and outstanding trainees. In addition to what is offered by MMU, we provide an extensive CPD programme delivered by Local, National and Specialist Leaders of Education.

We are proud that all BSA Graduates secured employment for their NQT year and a large majority remain within Bury schools. We offer structured career pathway opportunities, building upon the foundations laid in your Initial Teacher Training, and many of our former students now hold middle and senior leadership roles in our schools.

Interview process

All applications are checked to ensure they meet course entry requirements by our partner university, MMU. Applications which fulfil this criteria are then shortlisted by the BSA admissions panel. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview ( this will be online if Government guidance regarding Covid restrictions mean face to face interviews are not permitted) to assess their potential to participate effectively and enthusiastically in the School Direct course.

As well as a formal interview with senior practitioners from our Alliance, you will be asked to prepare a 12 minute lesson plan based around a specific learning objective for a particular year group in advance. You will then deliver the short lesson to a group of children. The interviewers will observe the lesson, discuss it with the candidate and give feedback.

In order to assess your writing ability and grammatical knowledge you will be sent a written piece and asked to produce a handwritten piece of writing. The written task is designed to assess the quality of written English and understanding of current issues in education. The standard of spoken English will be assessed throughout the interview. Short Maths and SPaG tests are completed on the day. These tasks enable us to get to know you, your engagement with pupils and to identify whether we may be able to organise additional support through MMU, for example, with course assignments.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

BSA welcomes applications from all candidates. If you have what we are looking for then we want to meet you! We will do everything that we can to make the process smooth for you and ask you to let us know if we can assist in any way. We have and continue to support trainees with various disabilities and other needs (for example, physical disabilities, dyslexia and other needs). If you have any requirements that will assist you in the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact us. We endeavour to make the process as smooth as possible for all our applicants!

Contact this training provider

0161 723 1078
Bury Schools Alliance
c/o Christ Church Primary, Church Street

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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