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Ashton Teacher Training Partnership Primary (2S3L)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT
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

The Ashton Teaching Partnership School Direct model is a school based, 100% teacher led training route; we work in partnership with the Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT (AMPSCITT). Many trainees have gone on to work within our partner schools, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment.

Key aspects of the training

  • Day one in school- you start on the first day of term as a member of staff, welcomed by your fellow teaching professionals.
  • Develop the skills, enthusiasm and confidence, you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities through two separate and contrasting placements
  • Build your knowledge of primary education curriculum delivery for years 1-6 through working with practising teachers and the latest educational research.
  • Learn about the wider role of teachers in school and child development.
  • Develop as a reflective practitioner and be fully prepared for your NQT year.

This is an intense school led programme. Support is an important part of the training and you will receive personalised coaching that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential. You will receive support from;

  • School Mentor
  • School Head teacher
  • School Direct Leadership team and AMPSCITT Leadership
  • Our team of Subject Expert Practitioners for Literacy, Numeracy, Science , PE and the foundation subjects.

The course is 37 working weeks in length. During the first term you will spend 4 days a week on school placement and 1 day a week participating in our professional studies programme delivered from our School Direct base at Ashton Sixth Form College. This means trainees will spend up to 150 days of the course actually training in school. One of the major strengths is that most of the training is delivered throughout the course by practising teachers within our schools who are able to model best current practice. During the course you will also complete a PGCE (60 Masters level credit), assessed by two written assignments. As a trainee teacher with Ashton Teaching Partnership you will have full access to the Liverpool Hope University, the on-line library and student services to support your academic writing. Assessment for the QTS award is through an e-portfolio of evidence of your teaching practise and lesson observations. There are 4 review points across the training year to support your continued development.

School placements

Placements are carefully chosen for each student by our team. We always try to consider the location of the school, your personal circumstances and current experience level. We have placements available in Primary schools throughout Tameside, Manchester, Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. All trainee teachers are required to complete two contrasting school placements: with Ashton Teaching Partnership the main placement is known as the Home School. In Term 2 you will experience a contrasting placement in your Away school for 6-8 weeks, returning to the Home school for the second half of term 2 and the whole of term 3. Additionally, all primary trainees experience the teaching of early reading and mathematics and visit Secondary schools to understand the importance of effective transition and the KS3 curriculum. We have a personalised approach to placement selection. We utilise information from interview to select the most appropriate home school to allow you to develop quickly and then your away school placement is informed by your e-portfolio. Further details of our partner schools will be discussed at interview. There will be some scope for trainees to have additional enrichment placements including Special Needs and alternative settings depending upon your career aspirations and interests. If you are currently employed in the education sector and wish to arrange your own placement at the school you are working in, we are happy to discuss this with the school and can provide them with the training and support they need.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Higher Openshaw Community Primary School
Saunton Road, Higher Openshaw, Manchester, M11 1AJ
Main Site
Ashton Sixth Form College, Darnton Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 9RL

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • You must already possess, or expect to be awarded, the equivalent of a UK Honours Degree. This should be at 2:2 or above.

  • A GCSE grade A*- C or 4-9 in Maths, English and Science

  • You must be ICT literate

Equivalency tests are available for applicants and we are happy to recommend suitable courses. Overseas applicants will need a NARIC equivalency certificate. Please click for further information.

Personal qualities

Teachers inspire, that’s just one of the qualities Ashton Teaching Partnership looks for in our trainee teachers. You need to have the ability to empower students to think critically, be innovative, creative, adaptable, passionate, and flexible. Your interpersonal skills need to encourage and motivate students and you should able to solve problems, self-direct, self-reflect, and lead.

Other requirements

  • You will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application

  • Complete a health check to confirm that you are fit to teach

  • Demonstrate your ability and capacity to write at an appropriate level for your programme

  • You are also required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental English and Mathematics which will be assessed at interview.

  • Although not essential, applicants can benefit from relevant school experience.

Fees and financial support

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

There is also an administration charge of £60 for a DBS certificate.

About the training provider

Our award-winning campus covers over 6 acres in the Tameside borough of Greater Manchester. There are good links to public transport, the campus is a short journey from both Ashton and Stalybridge Train Station, Ashton tram stop and Ashton Bus Station.

Ashton Sixth Form is rated as an ‘Outstanding’ provider by Ofsted. As a teacher trainee with us you would receive individualised support and the benefit of being part of a small, nurturing team. On your college professional development days, you will receive training from Sharron Galley, an experienced PGCE lecturer who was previously a primary school teacher. Your training in college will also be supported by subject experts who deliver lectures and workshops to develop your subject knowledge.

Ashton Teaching Partnership has built up strong partnerships with primary schools to ensure our trainees receive the very best teaching practice experiences. You will be supported by an experienced mentor (who is often the class teacher you are working with) who will help you to develop all aspects of your classroom practice through regular feedback meetings and target-setting. Within the Ashton Teaching Partnership, we have a proven track record of producing qualified primary school teachers; many of whom have gone on to teach in local schools.

About the accredited body

Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT (AMP SCITT) is part of Lydiate Learning Trust (LLT). AMP SCITT has a proven track record in successfully training high quality teachers that go on to become valued employees of local schools. Our training curriculum is developed and delivered by current, practising teachers and informed by the latest educational research. Our success has been recognised by the National Association of School Based Teacher Training (NASBTT) and OFSTED. We have a strong partnership with Liverpool Hope University, who deliver the PGCE element of our programme.

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your UCAS/APPLY application. We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a passion for education and working with children. If you are successful, you will be invited to an online interview or an interview at one of our partner primary schools. This is usually within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application. The interview process may include the following:

  • Opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
  • A numeracy and literacy assessment
  • A prepared presentation
  • A Group Discussion Activity

At Ashton Teaching Partnership we are looking for candidates who have a solid foundation of Mathematics and English, but it is just as important that teachers have personal attributes that will help them to relate to young children and enable them to communicate effectively. Appropriate ICT and interpersonal skills with an awareness of teaching and educational issues within primary schools is expected for a successful candidate. Based upon the activities listed above, shortlisting may occur and a panel interviews will take place for the successful candidates.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our experienced and professional Inclusive Learning Team provide specialist support if you have specific learning needs. The breadth of support is extensive, from learning difficulties to accessibility, and so much more.

Every student’s needs are different and Inclusive Learning ensure that support is there for anyone who may need it.

Inclusive Learning help students who have:

Specific Learning Differences Autistic Spectrum Disorders Social and emotional difficulties A Hearing Impairment A Visual Impairment Physical and/or Medical Conditions

Inclusive Learning will also support any students who are having problems with:

Planning and Organisation SPaG Study skills and revision techniques Writing skills and proofreading

Contact this training provider

0161 3302330
Ashton Sixth Form College
Darnton Road
Greater Manchester

Support and advice

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