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The Radclyffe School English (HG79)

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) 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Following a School Direct Secondary English route of Initial Teacher Training provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding Mathematics teacher.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school, spending 25 weeks experiencing and working in different educational contexts.

At The Radclyffe School we are committed to giving Initial Teacher Trainees a wide range of professional development opportunities. As such, we organise a relevant and varied Professional Studies programme which is tailored to your stage of development throughout the academic year.

Sessions focus on topics such as behaviour management strategies, outstanding learning and teaching, using school data to boost performance, stretching the most able, supporting students with Special Educational Needs and high quality feedback and assessment for learning.

In addition, you will take part in a student track activity at the start of the year so you can gain experience of a wide range of teaching across the school. You will also observe outstanding lessons, our experienced staff and Excellent Teachers, Advanced Skills Teachers and Lead Practitioners and take part in additional and bespoke New Staff professional development training throughout the year.

Our English Faculty has many advantages, including:

  • A plethora of different experience levels within the Faculty ranging from NQTs, RQTs to UPS3 and therefore staff with lots of experience to provide support. .
  • The English Faculty is outwardly-facing and seeks to work with a number of Outstanding institutions, across the North West to share expertise.
  • The results for the Faculty have been consistently strong and broadly inline with national and local averages, however, we are always looking to improve and positions ourselves as one of the strongest English faculties in the country.
  • The Faculty is incredibly welcoming and we have toiled to create a genuine family atmosphere, inclusive of those who enter our Faculty on ITT programmes.

School placements

Our School Direct Route of Initial Teacher Training is based at The Radclyffe School, with a shorter placement in a partner secondary school.

Our partnership schools are based in the Oldham and Greater Manchester area and will offer you a contrasting school experience to increase the breadth of your teaching practice. These schools are chosen by us because of their track record of successfully supporting School Direct trainee teachers and because they have been quality assured by the University of Manchester, giving us the confidence that your ‘away’ placement will be as valuable and supportive as your experiences when based at The Radclyffe School.

The Radclyffe School is an 11-16 Secondary school, while our partner schools are a mixture of 11-16 and 11-18 institutions.

In total, you will spend approximately 125 days in a school context and 50 days at the University of Manchester.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum 2:2 honours degree in English or equivalent

English GCSE and A Level or equivalents at grade B or above.

Minimum grade C in Mathematics.

Personal qualities

We are seeking to appoint a motivated, conscientious and passionate applicant who has the desire to be an outstanding English practitioner.

The right candidate would be keen to get involved with the ethos and practices of our school life, work well within a team, enjoy learning, be an independent learner and have resilience.

Experience of working with children or other classroom-based experience would be advantageous.

Other requirements

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.

To meet our safeguarding duties you will be asked to confirm your identity (and address), undertake an on-line health assessment and provide two referees.

You must also meet the University’s suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

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About the training provider

Our School is an Ofsted-rated Outstanding School and we are on a journey to ‘Beyond Outstanding’. On our journey of excellence, we are all learners. At The Radclyffe School our staff training programme is based on sound education research and aims to provide a range of high quality professional learning opportunities throughout the year, including weekly staff training incorporated into the school timetable. This means that our teachers have the opportunity to continue to develop their knowledge and confidence of learning and teaching strategies so that they can inspire and challenge our students. (

Our Mathematics and English Faculties have many advantages, including:

  • An ideal mix of colleagues within a diverse team of experienced staff, NQTs and RQTs, with each member of the team bringing their own individual personality and a wealth of knowledge and skills

  • Our talent is reflected in that we have a number of specialists in learning and teaching who have taken advantage of the whole school commitment to providing opportunities for developing leadership and excellence, including Excellent Teachers, Lead Teachers and Advanced Skills Teachers.

  • We believe in our school ethos of ‘Working Together for Excellence’ and constantly collaborate to share outstanding ideas and resources.

  • Our results are continually improving and compare favourably with national and local figures

About the accredited body

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and their research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.

With an award-winning careers service and courses built with employability in mind, 94% of trainees from this provider find employment at the end of the course.

This School Direct route blends the expertise of staff at The Radclyffe School and this highly regarded university who are:

  • Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
  • Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).

Interview process

You will be interviewed by a panel which includes; School Direct Co-ordinator, Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Learning and Teaching and the Head of English..

The interview process will include a formal interview, written task and presentation to students (e.g. planning and delivering part of a lesson or assembly).

All applications for Schools Direct are processed through the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disabled students make up over 15% of University of Manchester students, and the University are proud to offer an accessible and inclusive service.

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (sometimes called the DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether students, staff or supporters. The University of Manchester wants to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.

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Contact this training provider

The Radclyffe School
Hunt Lane, Chadderton
Greater Manchester

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