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Hursthead Junior School Alliance Primary (2PV4)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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 and is considered to be in the top ten teacher training institutions nationally.

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.

The course offers a brilliant opportunity if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ and prepares you fully for a future career in teaching. You will spend more than 50% of your time in primary schools on teaching placements and will be immersed in school life.

As a School Direct trainee, in addition to teaching placements, you will receive 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.

Your subject knowledge in English, mathematics and science will be audited regularly and you will also complete assignments relating to the teaching of English, mathematics, science, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). 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 university tutors.

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:

  • eight 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-week enquiry placement in either key stage
  • one-week placement in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • one-week placement in SEND
  • one-week placement in Key Stage 3.

Your school-based placements will take place at:

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A 2:1 or above* honours degree in non-vocational subjects are preferred. (Vocational subjects may be considered.)

  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment (eg through postgraduate study).

Two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects.

Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language*, mathematics and science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.

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 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,000

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 funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship
  2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

Please visit the DfE site to find out more about the funding available for teacher training courses starting in academic year 2021/22.

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.

To date, all our trainees have secured full-time employment after completing the course, with many gaining teaching posts within our alliance schools.

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 online interview with two members of the alliance. As well as 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 on the day of the interview.

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

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

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