Primary with St. James's Teaching School Partnership Accredited provider: The Manchester Metropolitan University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

St James's Teaching Partnership offers a comprehensive training package for all our trainees. We have experienced and fully trained subject mentors who are committed to developing the next generation of ‘Outstanding’ teachers.

Within our programme, trainees enjoy a blended programme which includes the following;

• Trainees benefit from at least one hour per week of subject mentor input as well as at least one hour of weekly Professional Studies with the professional mentor.

• Attending group training session with the cohort of trainees, receiving high quality practitioner-led training, peer support and joint practice development opportunities.

• Trainees follow weekly themes which build up pedagogy and practice. Themes such as getting to know your school, how to write outstanding lesson plans, how to question pupils effectively to maximise learning and progress are to name but a few.

• School-led professional learning where you would be able to take advantage of a range of professional development opportunities within your own school and schools within the Partnership.

• Attending high quality training provided by other schools and the Teaching School throughout the year.

• Attending MMU in line with the expectations as specified on their website.

• Focussed support and mentoring, by the very best practitioners within their own school.

• Trainees in primary schools are attached to a year group and are fully supported by the class teacher in their teaching.

• Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular clubs which allow them to make a wider contribution to the life and ethos of their school.

Throughout the year you will be very well supported. We are keen to see each individual trainee working to achieve the very best and enjoying success in their chosen career. We know professional development is a two way process. As such we will listen to you, work to identify your own development needs and support you in meeting your targets.

Towards the end of the Programme of training, trainees will be fully supported to seek and obtain employment. We currently have a 100% conversion rate from trainees who complete the course and choose to go into full time employment, with the vast majority being employed in the local area.

Interview process

Our interview process will be supported by staff from our Partnership schools. The interview process is broken down into two stages:

Stage 1:

• Formal Interview- if successful at this point, you will be invited to stage two.

Stage 2:

• Teaching Activity

We endeavour to inform applicants the outcome of their interview on the same day.

How school placements work

Each Partnership school has unique qualities and these are shared with the cohort whichever school trainees are based in for placements. With our Programme, trainees will start their journey into teaching by coming into school on the first day of term in September and immediately feel like part of the school. Trainees can be placed in any two of the partnership schools, Placements are decided by the partnership. Trainees will be placed in schools where the relevant key stage class mentor is outstanding, to allow the best possible learning journey for the trainee, this is organised in the following way; trainees are attached to the Placement A school for the majority of the year. They spend time in the contrasting placement B for 9 weeks in the spring term.

Partnership Schools:

• St Peters Church of England Primary (Lead Primary School)

• Bishop Bridgeman CE Primary School

• St James's Church of England Primary School

• Highfield Primary School

• St Johns Church of England Primary School

• Queensbridge Primary

• All Saints Church of England Primary School

• Kearsley West Primary School

• The Orchards Nursery School

• The Ferns Primary Academy

• Cherry Tree Primary School

• St James CE High School (Lead School)

• Canon Slade Church of England School

• Bolton Muslim Girls School

• Little Lever School

• Sharples School Science Specialist College

• St Wilfred’s CE Academy

• Bolton St Catherine’s Academy

• Westhoughton High School

• Smithills School

• Bury Church of England High School

• Forward Centre

• Lever Park School

• Park School Teaching Service

• Personal Learning Centre

• Youth Challenge PRU


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



2:2 honours in undergraduate degree.

GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Maths & Science (can be pending). We will consider applicants who do not already have Science as we offer MMU Science Equivalency test. We will also accept Science equivalency tests from other ITT providers.

QTS Professional Skills tests

If studied degree in last 3 years one reference needs to be from university tutor.

Qualifications not accepted:

Key Skills. Adult Numeracy and Literacy. Human Biology and Human Physiology.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high quality graduates and career changers who want to make a difference to children and young people, to embark on our Initial Teacher Training Programme. We are looking to recruit outstanding trainees who have real potential to teach with the following personal qualities;

• Passion and knowledge in your subject area

• Ability to work as part of a team and maintain appropriate relationships

• Good organisational and time management skills

• Good level of literacy and numeracy skills

• Willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school/extracurricular activities

Contact details

01204 333000
Lucas Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 18J
  • Training programme code: 24PN

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
2 St James's Teaching Partnership Bolton & Bury

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