Hursthead Junior School Alliance Primary (2PV4)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will train to teach children aged 5 to 11 and this ten-month course provides training in all primary-stage National Curriculum subjects. It leads to both a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) and qualified teacher status (QTS).

Our School Direct programme includes both school-based and university-based learning. You will spend over 50% of your time training in our six alliance schools, as well as spending time at The University of Manchester, whose PGCE course has been graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (Ofsted Report, 2019) and who has been highlighted as the best university provider of initial teacher training in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).

You will spend a significant amount of time studying each of the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. You will also spend time studying Religious Education (RE), Physical Education (PE), history, geography, art, music, and design and technology.

Professional studies are a central component of the course, covering topics such as: pupil assessment; lesson planning; managing pupil behaviour; the role of the reflective practitioner; making primary education inclusive for all.

All training sessions deploy a wide range of teaching methods, including group discussion, practical workshops, lectures and presentations. You will be an active participant and driver in your own professional development.

As a School Direct trainee, in addition to teaching placements, you will receive on average 18 days school-based learning within the six schools in our alliance. In these sessions, you will be taught, coached and mentored by experienced, highly-effective practising teachers.

You will be assessed during your school placements and you will receive high-quality feedback to enhance your development.

Your subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science will be audited regularly through taught course sessions, and you will also complete four Master’s-level assignments during the year.

The written assignments will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 Master’s-level credits, and guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from your University tutor

Your university-based learning will take place at The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus, adjacent to Manchester’s city centre. Your school-based learning will take place at: Hursthead Juniors/Infants, Handforth Grange, Bradshaw Hall, Oak Tree and Heald Place. All locations are accessible by road or by an extensive network of public transport including trains, trams and buses.

School placements

The main professional placements are:

  • ten weeks in the autumn term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2
  • eleven weeks in the summer term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2
  • two weeks placement in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • one-week Inclusion placement.

When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced primary teacher, who will act as your mentor.

Your school-based placements will take place at one of these 6 schools:

Hursthead Junior School provides children with a bespoke creative curriculum, rich in wider learning activities inside and outside the classroom. The school has subject specialists in English and Maths, with a wealth of teaching and training experience.

Hursthead Infant School excels in creating a nurturing environment for young children, whilst stimulating their minds with a creative, cross-curricular approach to learning.

Oak Tree Primary School is a purpose-built, 3-form entry school that has heavily invested in new technology. The school, which has a wealth of expertise in SEN and a Maths specialist, offers an exciting opportunity to experience life in a rapidly expanding and developing school.

Handforth Grange Primary School provides a wealth of creative learning opportunities within and outside the core curriculum, particularly in Music and Art. A Gold Kitemark PE School, it also has Resource Provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Bradshaw Hall Primary School is an innovative school, particularly in the fields of computing and outdoor learning. The school has the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award. With a warm and welcoming learning environment, the school also has a Speech and Language unit on site.

Heald Place Primary School serves a very rich and diverse community in the heart of Central Manchester. The school offers a number of specialisms: computing, art, outdoor games, dance, bespoke therapeutic approaches, ECO.

Most of our partner schools are in the Cheadle Hulme area. Handforth Grange is 10 minutes by car from Hursthead Junior School and Heald Place is located in Rusholme (25 minutes by car from Hursthead Junior School).

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.

In addition to English, maths and science, candidates must have at least three GCSEs in other non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).

They must also have two A-levels in non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).

Currently, the University of Manchester does not offer equivalency tests, but would accept equivalency tests from these providers:




Personal qualities

Our trainees will need to:

  • have a ‘can do’ philosophy and a creative approach to learning
  • enjoy working with young people and have a passion for learning
  • be flexible and have the ability to use initiative
  • carry out professional duties in a positive and courteous manner
  • have high expectations for their students and themselves
  • be committed to ongoing professional development

Personal Qualities:

  • A sensitive, caring professional
  • A committed, hard-worker
  • A team player
  • A confident, engaging communicator
  • A resilient learner

Other requirements

The Government has replaced professional skills tests with a new system of provider-led assurance in relation to trainees’ fundamental knowledge in English and Mathematics. Under this new approach you will not be required to pass professional skills tests prior to commencing your PGCE, but you will need to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge by the end of the programme.

Successful candidates are required to comply with a confidential health screening check and an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry).

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Financial support from the training provider

The Alumni Scholarship offers eligible applicants a £1,000 cash bursary. It supports applicants who wish to progress to a PGCE and:

  • are University of Manchester graduates;
  • are international, EU or home students;
  • are applying within three years of receiving their degree;
  • have received a First Class honours degree.

You do not need to apply for this scholarship. You will be considered on the basis of your application for the course. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be awarded the bursary automatically.

In addition, there are three types of Government funding available for teacher training:

  1. tax-free bursary or scholarship;
  2. tuition fee loan and maintenance loan;
  3. extra financial support if you’re a parent, or have an adult dependant or a disability.

Please visit the DfE site to find out more about the funding available for teacher training courses starting in academic year 2023/24..

About the training provider

Our alliance is led by Hursthead Junior School, a three-form entry Junior School in the south Manchester suburb of Cheadle Hulme. The school is committed to sharing best practice and leading the training of the teachers of the future.

We are a close-knit alliance of primary schools in the South Manchester area, who individually have substantial experience of working with trainees and a strong track record of producing high quality teachers.

We are proud that many of our trainees have gained teaching posts within our alliance schools, after successfully completing the course.

Partner schools in the alliance are:

Whilst each school has its own unique ethos, we all share a passion for developing teachers who are committed to delivering creative and fun teaching and learning opportunities.

Successful applicants to our alliance will become part of a family, which offers mentoring from highly experienced practitioners across the full range of primary phases and which will help you to learn and grow in confidence within stimulating environments.

About the accredited body

The alliance offers School Direct places in partnership with the University of Manchester, who validate the course with a PGCE qualification and QTS.

The university-taught course is judged by Ofsted to be ‘Outstanding’. Of particular note:

  • ‘The high quality and challenge of the training, most especially in mathematics and science.’
  • ‘The wide range of school-based experiences and the tailored use of practitioners from within the partnership to plan and deliver training.’
  • ‘The regular auditing of trainees’ progress and their views, with a timely response to identified needs so that trainees benefit quickly from improvements and amendments.’

Interview process

The School Direct Lead and Head Teacher at Hursthead Junior School review all written applications jointly. We consider a range of factors in the written application, other than the entry requirements, and your personal statement should make clear:

  • your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching
  • your rationale for applying to be a Primary teacher
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher
  • any relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role
  • a good standard of written English.

If successful, you will be invited to an interview with two members of the alliance. As part of the formal interview you will be asked to give a pre-prepared presentation, details of which will be sent out in a letter to you.

You will need to provide photographic ID (such as your passport or driving licence) and proof of your academic qualifications on the day of the interview.

In addition to the interview, there will be a small group task. For this, we will ask you to select a book to introduce to a group of six children and prepare an activity for them linked to the story.

Offers made following the interview day are subject to references and meeting all of the University of Manchester criteria. Please see the ‘Requirements’ section.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Equal Opportunities

The Hursthead Junior School Alliance confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for trainees and prospective trainees in: its admissions policy; all aspects of its teaching and assessment; its counselling of trainees; the way it affords access to any of its benefits, facilities and services.

The aim of this commitment is to ensure that no trainee or prospective trainee receives less favourable treatment directly or indirectly on grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origins, gender, sexuality, marital or parental status, disability, creed, political belief, social or economic class.

Practical support and advice for applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.


Contact this training provider

0161 439 6961
Kirkstead Road
Cheadle Hulme

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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