St Andrew’s Alliance Primary (5-11) (E723)

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

St Andrew’s Alliance offers:

  • A demanding and intensive course which will lead to a recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE 5-11) accredited by the University of Manchester.
  • The highest quality of support and mentoring from experienced teachers and school mentors.
  • At least 120 days in two contrasting schools, observing, planning and teaching.
  • A focus on the latest research in pedagogy and teaching methods.
  • A well planned programme of professional practice studies.
  • The first steps on a path of career development.
  • The opportunity to become an outstanding teacher.

School placements

St Andrew’s Alliance works closely with its five specially selected partner schools.

Trainees on our School Direct programme complete school experience placements in two different schools, teaching different age phases in each setting.

Additionally, trainees will gain school experience in EYFS and SEND.

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.

Currently, the University of Manchester does not offer equivalency tests, but check their website for an up to date list of accepted providers.


Personal qualities

  • To be friendly and personable.
  • A passion to teach and inspire children.
  • To be able to communicate clearly.
  • Strong work ethic and excellent organisational skills.
  • Creativity and the ability to think ‘on your feet’.

Other requirements

Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Strong references.

Relevant experience in a primary school setting within the last twelve months is beneficial for your application but not essential.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

St Andrew’s Alliance is a happy, safe and welcoming environment where everyone is valued. Our Christian faith is central to moral development, mutual respect and an appreciation for the cultural diversity within our community.
St Andrew’s Alliance is an outstanding place to work and learn and offers a welcoming and supportive environment. Together with our University partner, we develop personalised training with the academic and theoretical underpinning which allows trainees to become outstanding practitioners.
Led by St Andrew’s CE Primary School, our Alliance comprises a mix of faith and non-faith schools, each passionate about providing the next generation of teachers and potential future leaders. Our Alliance partners are:

  • St Andrew’s CE Primary School

  • Boothstown Methodist Primary School

  • James Brindley Community School

  • Christ the King RC Primary School

  • St Philip’s RC Primary School

Successful trainees will gain a postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), which includes up to 60 Masters level credits that can be used towards a Masters qualification, and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Alliance website

About the accredited body

The University of Manchester primary PGCE is identified as one of the leading university providers of ITT in the Good Teacher Training guide (2017) and were judged as ‘outstanding’ across all areas during an Ofsted inspection in 2018.
We consistently aim for each cohort of trainees to be the best teachers possible, with the provision of a training programme that responds to the needs of a continually evolving education system. We consistently achieve high quality trainee outcomes which are further validated by high local employment rates. Our vision for our PGCE course and partnership is: “Empowering future generations”

Interview process

On application, candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • a commitment to and understanding of primary education
  • suitable personal and presentational qualities
  • the ability to communicate clearly in spoken and written English with a good understanding of grammar.

Our rigorous selection processes ensure we recruit high quality trainees. Candidates whose initial applications meet our criteria will be invited for an interview.

At interview, candidates will be asked to deliver a short presentation before being interviewed by a panel.

The interviewers will be assessing the following important skills and qualities for intending primary teachers:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Presentation skills and ability to communicate orally in Standard English
  • The ability to inspire and motivate primary pupils
  • Knowledge of curriculum areas
  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Evidence of creative thinking

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic and passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for pupils. They will demonstrate that they are dynamic, motivated and analytical and that they can relate well to children.

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

Applicants with disabilities and other requirements should make this clear on their application.

Contact this training provider

0161 921 1640
Vicars Hall Lane
M28 1HS

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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