Pennine Teaching Alliance
Primary (35XS)

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) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
10 months
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our Primary teaching course will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11. It provides training in all primary stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on Mathematics, English and Science.

Completion leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will spend a significant amount of time studying the core subjects outlined above, while also studying Religious Education, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology and PE.

Working in conjunction with the University of Manchester (Ofsted rated Outstanding 2019) you will attend university-based sessions. These sessions will give you creative and innovative ideas to take into the classroom complimented by a blend of education theories, ideas and concepts.

You will spend approximately two-thirds of your time in schools and the rest will be University based.

To support your development as a teacher you will receive quality teaching experience in our partner schools, complimented by personalised guidance and support from experienced mentors.

The Pennine Teaching Alliance consists of 9 Primary schools and one secondary school all based in Colne, Lancashire. This enables us to place our trainees in the most suitable establishments.

Throughout your training year, there will be a bespoke training program delivered by highly effective practitioners from within our alliance.

Throughout your training year you will work closely with your training schools to develop your own teaching style, set targets, take your own initiatives and evaluate your own work in planning, teaching and assessing.

You should anticipate that time in university-based learning combined with school-based placements will roughly equate to the time commitment of a full-time job, with additional time required in evenings and weekends for background reading, lesson planning and completing written assignments.

Your school and University experiences are formally assessed. Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets.

During each placement, you will be formally observed teaching and helpful and constructive feedback will be given, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will comment on the following areas:

teaching; planning; differentiation and assessment; learning environment; wider professional responsibilities. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher.

The written assignments will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 master’s-level credits. Guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from your University tutors.

Interview process

Following a successful application to UCAS, you will be invited to interview.

This process takes place during either a morning or an afternoon and we try to accommodate the needs of the applicant where possible.

Applicants should expect to partake in a teaching activity, followed by a short presentation to a small interview panel and who will then pose interview style questions.

The interview panel will consist of a subject specialist, an alliance mentor and a member of the administrative staff.

How school placements work

Candidates will be placed in two schools throughout the year.

We operate an A-B-A style training course. This approach ensures students experience different schools, allowing them to return to their initial placement school following their second placement. This style of placement facilitates self-reflection and pedagogical development.

Placement schools are selected based upon the needs of the trainees, the strengths of the differing departments across schools. We aim to provide a contrast of school type and approaches to learning.

As we work within the Pennine Teaching Alliance and our neighbouring schools, our placements are predominantly in the East Lancashire region.


The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

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.



Bachelors degree (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent).

Two A-levels in non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).

GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science, plus at least three other non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).

Personal qualities

Pennine Teaching Alliance are looking for candidates who:

Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of our young people Have a positive outlook Are independent, resilient and adaptable Have good interpersonal skills, Are creative and imaginative Are friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people Are enthusiastic about their subject(s) and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge Have good organisational skills and excellent time management skills Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice Demonstrate a professional attitude Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Applicants should have completed relevant work experience.

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education. You must also meet the the Pennine Teaching Alliance’s suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

About the training provider

The Pennine Teaching Alliance is an expanding alliance situated on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire. We are an alliance of 9 schools (1 high school and 8 primary schools) with extremely close working partnerships with secondary schools within our area. We work alongside The University of Manchester to offer our students personalised training that will equip them with the skills necessary to become an outstanding teacher. The schools within our alliance have a strong track record of successfully leading teacher training and have a robust, quality assured, bespoke program for students. Feedback from students and their HEI providers has always been overwhelmingly positive with specific reference to the support provided. Our aim is to provide our students with the opportunities to allow the children within our local area to succeed from receiving an exceptional quality of education. Our schools share a common ethos to deliver outstanding professional development in order to produce the best possible teachers so that our children can be the best that they can be.

About the accredited body

We work closely with the University of Manchester, who’s PGCEs are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (Ofsted Report, 2019) and have been highlighted as the best university provider of initial teacher training in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017). Together we seamlessly integrate their excellent training with our bespoke package.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Pennine Teaching Alliance is an inclusive trust that works with all individuals to ensure that they can be the best they can possibly be. We cater for all needs ensuring equality for all. Any individual requirements can be discussed and arrangements made for successful applicants.

Contact details

01282 865200
Colne Park High School
Venables Avenue


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