Ashton Teacher Training Partnership Primary (2S3L)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The Ashton Teacher Training Partnership School Direct model is a school based, 100% teacher led training route; we work in partnership with the Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT 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 experienced 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 first teaching post and the Early Career Framework.

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;

  • Phase Coach
  • School Head teacher
  • School Direct Leadership team and AMP SCITT Leadership
  • Our team of Subject Expert Practitioners for Phonics, Literacy, Numeracy, Science and the foundation subjects.

The course is 37 working weeks in length. You will spend 4 days a week on school placement and 1 day a week participating in our Centre Based ITT programme delivered from our School Direct base at Ashton Sixth Form College. This means you will spend up to 140 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 experienced teachers within our schools who are able to model current best practice. During the course you will also complete a PGCE with Liverpool Hope University (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 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 5 review points across the training year to support your continued development.

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School placements

Placements are carefully chosen for each Trainee 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. We cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the school you have requested; however, we always try to accommodate requests whenever we can. 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 8-10 weeks, returning to the Home school for the whole of term 3.
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
Aldwyn Primary School
Lumb Lane, , Audenshaw,, Manchester,, Greater Manchester,, M34 5SF
Banks Lane Infant School
Hempshaw Lane, , Offerton,, Stockport, , Cheshire, , SK1 4PR
Broadbent Fold Primary School and Nursery
Tennyson Avenue, , Dukinfield, , Tameside , SK16 5DP
Fairfield Road Primary School
Grove Street, , Droylsden,, Manchester, , Manchester , M43 6AF
Fir Bank Primary School
Grasmere Road, , Royton,, Oldham,, Greater Manchester,, OL2 6SJ
Gorse Hall Primary
Forester Drive , Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, SK15 2DP
Hadfield Infant School
Mersey Bank Road, , Hadfield,, Glossop,, Derbyshire, , SK13 1PN
Higher Openshaw Community Primary School
Saunton Road, Higher Openshaw, Manchester, M11 1AJ
Holy Rosary RC Junior Infant and Nursery School
Fir Tree Avenue, , Fitton Hill, , Oldham, , Lancashire, , OL8 2SR
Main Site - Ashton
Ashton Sixth Form College, Darnton Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 9RL
Medlock Valley Primary
Deanshut Road, , Fitton Hill,, Oldham,, Greater Manchester,, OL8 2PN
Mellor Primary
Knowle Road, , Mellor,, Stockport,, Cheshire,, SK6 5PL
Millbrook Primary and Nursery School
Bank Road, Stalybridge, Tameside, SK15 3JX
Padfield Community Primary School
Rhodes Street, Padfield , Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 1EQ
Sandilands Primary School
Wendover Road, , Wythenshawe,, Manchester, , Manchester , M23 9JX
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
17 Market Street, Mossley, Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL5 0ES
St Luke’s CoE Primary School
Langport Avenue, Longsight , Manchester, Manchester, M12 4NG
St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Hyde
Turner Lane, , Hyde,, Cheshire,, SK14 4AG

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.

Suitable providers and their fees will be discussed at interview.

Personal qualities

Teachers inspire, that’s just one of the qualities Ashton Teacher Training 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 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

There is also an administration charge of £60 to cover the costs of the DBS and Fit to Teach certification.

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 trainee teacher 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 Teacher Training 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 Teacher Training 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

The Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT (AMP) is a strong and collaborative partnership of schools in Merseyside and the wider area with a number of distinctive features that contribute to diversity and choice for our trainees.

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your 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:

  • A panel interview probing your knowledge of Primary Education
  • Opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
  • Assessment of Fundamental English and Mathematics
  • Deliver a prepared presentation
  • A discussion of your prepared lesson plan

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.

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

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

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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