The Oldham Academy North
Art and Design (3B6G)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
Financial support
Bursary or 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The Art Department at The Oldham Academy North is outstanding, and an excellent base to begin your training and teaching career. There is a mix of recently qualified and extremely experienced staff within the department, with specialisms in fine art, design, ceramics, graphics and photography. The subject mentors for Art are outstanding practitioners.

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 Art 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 this phase, you will submit your first assignment.

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 end of 1st 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.

Interview process

The interview process, whilst formal, is designed for you to be able to show the best of yourself as a potential candidate. On the interview day, there will be a tour of the school, presentation about School Direct and 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 also have the opportunity to spend some time in lessons, to see what teaching is like in the host school and to talk to students. 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 an interview, on the panel will usually be the Head of Art and the School Direct Lead.

How school placements work

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.


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

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.



C grade (Grade 4) or above in English and Maths. A minimum 2:1 in a subject relevant to the Art 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.

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, where staff are passionate about the power of education. We are a mixed 11-16 school serving 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.

In the first term, you will be based at TOAN, where you will learn how to plan, teach and assess, through the key principles of effective classroom practice. You will learn how to organise and manage a classroom. In terms 2 and 3, you will develop and refine these skills. Learning will be underpinned by observations of outstanding practitioners, and exceptional professional development sessions. You will be partnered with a trained subject mentor to support you throughout the programme.

During a second school placement, you will develop your skills and widen your experience, before returning to TOAN for your final term. We are part of the E-ACT group, so you will also have the opportunity during the summer term for a schools’ experience at any of our academies nationwide. At the end of the course, you will gain both QTS and a PGCE, and just as importantly, be fully equipped with the skills that you need for a successful career in teaching and to make a real difference in children’s lives.

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.

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 details

0161652 2428


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