Prestolee SCITT
Primary (Q254)

QTS part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
18 months
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
January 2021


About the course

Why study this course?

By choosing to train as a primary teacher at Prestolee School-Centred Initial Teacher Training through our part time route, you’ll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. We focus on innovative learning within the classroom and give you hands-on practical experience alongside relevant theory and up-to-date research developments.

Our trainees attain highly, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course, and 96% obtaining employment, many in their placement schools.

More about this course

This exciting QTS only course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach in ages 3-7 years (Early Years & KS1) or ages 5-11 years (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2).

Our course gives you room to develop your classroom practice as well as examine the underlying principles and values around educational issues. With its educational links and high-quality teaching, this provider is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted:

‘Excellent training provides trainees with high levels of subject knowledge, an impressive range of teaching skills and highly effective strategies to manage behaviour very successfully across a range of schools. Consequently, by the time they complete the programme, the majority of trainees demonstrate outstanding practice in their teaching.’

‘The partnership provides trainees with excellent, individualised mentor support which encourages them to become highly reflective and thoughtful. This high-quality support also extends to exemplary pastoral care for trainees.’

Course structure

Our part-time SCITT curriculum begins in January 2021 and finishes in July 2022. It involves teaching two days in school and one day of training per week. The training day will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools.


Your assessment will consist of four elements:

  • School placement A

  • School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status

  • A Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled across the programme, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience

  • Educational Research, which allows you to explore current educational approaches

Interview process

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom by two members of the SCITT leadership team. Full details and requirements of the interview will be provided after the application and selection process.

How school placements work

The part time route will follow this pattern:

 January 2021-July 2021: 2 days a week in school placement A in one school, 1 day of training per week

 Sept 2021-December 2021: 2 days a week in a contrasting placement B, 1 day of training per week

 January 2022-July 2022- : 2 days a week in school placement in school A, 1 day of training per week, with a 3 week flexible (full-time) block in this term.

Placement schools are arranged as close to home as possible.


The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,500
EU students £9,500

Trainees have 2 options for payment, either via a loan from Student Finance or via self-funding. If you fund via Student Finance, once your loan application is approved the payments will be made directly to us and you do not need to take any further action. If you self-fund, payments can be made by BACS.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



A UK Bachelor degree qualification or a recognised equivalent qualification. 3 GCSE grades A-C in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).

Applicants with international qualifications must provide a Statement of Comparability obtained from the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), at

Personal qualities

Put simply, we are looking for potential. More specifically, we are looking for candidates who have the qualities required for a career in teaching, the potential to turn these qualities into a journey towards becoming a great teacher, and the work ethic and determination required to make this a reality. We want to hear from people who are personable, friendly and engaging; have a strong work ethic and a positive outlook; who understand the importance of teaching and want to make a difference.

Other requirements

School experience is not essential in order to apply for one of our courses. However, you may find it beneficial to have some school experience for the interview process where you will be asked to plan a ‘mini-teach’ – a short lesson to a small group of pupils. You may also be asked questions which relate to the classroom. All offers will be conditional of DBS and Fitness to Teach checks.

About the training provider

Joining #teampresto as an ITT trainee gives aspiring teachers the opportunity to work with one of the most innovative and successful teams of teachers and leaders in Greater Manchester.

The name ‘Prestolee’ is synonymous with educational innovation, with the legacy of famous Headteacher Teddy O’Neill continuing to this day through the work of Prestolee: an outstanding primary school, a National Teaching School and an established teacher training provider. Prestolee School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) aims to ensure you are supported to become the best teaching practitioner and future leader you can be. We work with a number of schools to ensure you can undertake your primary school placement at different locations across the region.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Prestolee SCITT is inclusive and recognises its obligation to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students and those diagnosed with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), long-term health condition or mental health condition. We are keen to ensure these can be put in place to support students when applying to and studying at Prestolee. Therefore, we encourage disabled applicants to get in touch with our admissions office as soon as possible to discuss any requirements and their application.

Contact details

Prestolee Primary School
Church Road
Greater Manchester
M26 1HJ


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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Prestolee Teaching School, Church Road, Stoneclough, M26 1HJ
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