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The Oldham Academy North English (3B6F)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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

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 at least once per week in 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, and 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 NQT induction year.

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

C grade (Grade 4) or above in English and Maths. A minimum 2:2 in a subject relevant to the English course for which you are applying.

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 2021 to 2022 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 will be successful in the challenging and competitive world around us; they 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 that all students have access to.

About the accredited body

Liverpool Hope University has been providing first class training opportunities for teaching professionals for nearly 175 years. The university has a strong partnership with The Oldham Academy North, with a shared commitment to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and supports with the theoretical and practical support needed for students to become outstanding classroom practitioners. The Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education accredited by Liverpool Hope carries the equivalent of 60 Masters level credits and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Liverpool Hope University have a Gold Standard in Teaching Excellence.

Interview process

The interview process, whilst formal, is designed for you to be able to show the best of yourself as a potential candidate.

Interviews this year will be virtual. 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 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.

In previous years a tour of the school would be part of the process - to compensate for this, you can 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 infomal 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.

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

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