The Oldham Academy North English (3B6F)

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

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The English department at The Oldham Academy North is an excellent base to begin your training and teaching career. There is a mix of recently qualified and extremely experienced staff within the department. The department is well resourced with excellent facilities. The subject mentors for English are mastery practitioners. The faculty has an effective curriculum plan across Key Stage 3 and 4, with detailed medium plans and resources to guide and support lesson planning.

The course is split into 3 key phases. During phase 1 (September - December), you will be based with your host school and for all trainees, this will be The Oldham Academy North. During the first few weeks, we will familiarise you with the key elements of school life. You will be guided by your English subject mentor, as you begin initial observations of skilled practitioners. As the term progresses, you will begin teaching episodes within lessons, which will see you develop to a teaching timetable by October half term. You will always have a qualified teacher present so that you can benefit from high quality developmental feedback. During this term, you will also begin your subject specific study days at Liverpool Hope and your assignment tutorials with a subject specialist. In school, you will benefit from weekly Professional Studies sessions, delivered by the School Direct Lead.

During phase 2 (January - April), you will move to your contrasting school placement. Again, you will begin with observations, but this will quickly lead to a teaching timetable by week 3. During your second placement, you will continue to receive all the support and training opportunities that were available from the host school. The School Direct Lead will visit you during the placement, to ensure that you continue to make good progress towards qualifying.

During phase 3 (April - July), you will return to the host school, where you will be skilled enough to return to a teaching timetable by the end of the first week. By this point, you will be able to plan, teach, assess and manage behaviour to the standards required for qualifying. You will also complete your second assignment, with the option of a short primary school placement.

You will leave us confident in your skills and abilities, and ready to take up the challenge of your first teaching post and to progress as an ECT.

School placements

You will have two school placements. You will be placed with the host school - The Oldham Academy North - during the autumn and summer terms. Your contrasting placement in the spring term will be at a local Oldham school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

A passion for your subject. A moral purpose - a belief in the power of education to transform lives. Applicants must be reflective, responsible and resilient.

Other requirements

Any offer of a place is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and a Fitness to Teach Declaration.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Our aim is to develop the next generation of outstanding teachers for Oldham and Greater Manchester. The lead school is The Oldham Academy North, a mixed 11-16 school serving over 1200 students from across Oldham. A 2016 ONS study found Oldham to be the most deprived town in England; it is the mission of TOAN to address that inequality and deliver outstanding educational outcomes for our young people.

Our most recent Ofsted was in March 2020 where we received a Good rating. The report said, ‘The Oldham Academy North is a school which lives and breathes cultural diversity and inclusivity’ and that ‘pupils behave well and try hard in class’. School leaders ’ leaders work with purpose and pace, to secure pupils’ bright futures’.

TOAN is a vibrant and exciting place to be for both staff and students. We have a relentless focus on having the highest standards in all aspects of Academy life, and we expect the very best from all of our staff and students. We strive to make sure that every child leaves us with the skills and qualifications to be successful in the challenging and competitive world around us; our students are provided with opportunities to add to their cultural capital, pursue their interests and achieve their ambitions.

We have excellent facilities at TOAN: a number of updated ICT suites, a lecture theatre, brand new facilities for sports, music, drama, art and a range of technologies as well as our broad and balanced curriculum.

Interview process

The interview will consist of a short presentation by the School Direct lead with an opportunity for you to ask questions - this is a big decision, and it is important to us that you have all the information you need to make the right choice for you. You will have a tour of the school and the opportunity to spend some time in a lesson. You will be asked to produce and deliver a short presentation - the topic of which will be given at the time you are invited to interview, so that you have plenty of time to prepare. There will also be interview questions from a panel which will usually be the Head of Subject and the School Direct Lead. You can also access a virtual tour of the school on The Oldham Academy North website where you will also find interviews with senior leaders and staff. Should you wish to ask questions or have an informal discussion prior to application, you should follow the contact details for Liz Miles which can be found in the School Direct area of the school website.

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

E-ACT and The Oldham Academy North are firmly committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in both employment and the accessibility and delivery of services. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

The Oldham Academy North provides access to occupational health and employee assist services. Flexible working can be negotiated. Reasonable adjustments can be put in place to support access to the training course.

Contact this training provider

0161652 2428

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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