Manchester Teaching School Alliance
English (3D4Q)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
Financial support
Bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

How will the course be assessed?

Associate Teachers currently have three assignments to complete, along with several shorter ‘reflection points’. In addition to this, when you are on teaching placements, you will need to complete planning, evaluations, marking and self-assessment against the teaching standards. These will be monitored and/or assessed by your mentor and University link tutor.

Your teaching will also be observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least one joint observation with your professional mentor and one joint observation with your University link tutor. These are the people who will be available to support and mentor you throughout your training.

Can I refresh my subject knowledge?

Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset, for example, your degree might not be in your chosen subject but is closely related. As an Associate Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen. Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available, with a bursary, for English, Maths, Physics, Languages, Chemistry, Computing, Biology, Geography and Design and Technology. Your training sessions at School and University will also assist here, but you are also expected to fill in gaps in your subject knowledge autonomously in order to be confident and competent in teaching accurately.

What proportion of time is spent in school and at University?

Across the training year, Associate Teachers spend 28 days in University, for subject knowledge and assignment support. 18 days on school-based training and have 120 days teaching experience in two contrasting schools.

How do I become a qualified teacher?

The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the Teacher Standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assignments, teaching files, reflections and observations completed during your training. A PGCE is awarded from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Interview process

Applicants are interviewed by MTSA, this will include a member of the training team and a subject specialist. The interview for secondary admission has three elements consisting of a teaching task, a written task, and a panel interview. Applicants will also have to pass their Maths and Literacy within three months of our offer.

How school placements work

Where will I be placed for secondary training?

MTSA places Associate Teachers in Chorlton High School, as the lead secondary school in the alliance, and another contrasting placement. Chorlton High School is a designated Teaching School, recognised for the training it provides at all levels, which has recently opened a free school, CHS South. Contrasting placements are provided from schools across Manchester, that CHS works closely with for initial teacher training. For example, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Fallibroome Academy, Cheadle Hulme High School, Kingsway School and Loreto 6th Form College.

Which year groups will I be placed in?

Associate Teachers complete placements in 11-16 schools. You will also have experience of KS2 transition, in a local primary school, and post 16 teaching.

You will then be qualified to teach the secondary age range. You will have your specialism but may offer to teach a second subject also.



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

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 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.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



What are the entry requirements for School Direct?

Associate Teachers must have a degree that is relevant to the subject they wish to teach. For secondary teaching this is usually 50% modules related to your chosen subject. Good standards of written and spoken English are also essential. You must have passed your Maths and Literacy skills test to start the course.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit Associate Teachers who are dedicated to pursuing success for children across Manchester. Our placement schools are truly comprehensive and reflect the diverse makeup of the city. We want lifelong learners who will fulfil their potential in the classroom and in their professional development.

Our current cohort and alumni have varied background experiences. Some have worked in a school before starting training, some come straight from university and others have been career-changers. We have applications from mature students, from those who have worked overseas, parents and applicants currently living or looking to relocate to south Manchester.

Other requirements

All applicants will need to have an Enhanced DBS check done, prior to working with young people. This will be completed through the Disclosure and Baring Service and MTSA.

About the training provider

Manchester Teaching School Alliance is led by five designated teaching schools: Brookburn Primary School, Barlow Primary School, Chorlton Park, Chorlton High School and Sea Shells Trust. The alliance brings together primary and secondary schools across South Manchester, and works in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. All MTSA members work together, to provide a high-quality teacher-training experience for primary and secondary Associate Teachers.

Why train to teach with MTSA?

As an Associate Teacher with MTSA, you join a team of staff committed to delivering the highest quality learning and teaching to children in Manchester. You immerse yourself in school life from day one. Your mentors support you fully, using innovative training to enable you to become a resilient, successful and fulfilled professional who can make a difference.

What can MTSA School Direct offer you?

*Teaching placements in a network of schools in our alliance including a Special School,

*Cross-phase training experiences throughout the course

*Trained mentors supporting every aspect of your professional development

*Professional studies sessions facilitated by outstanding teachers, centred around issues directly related to teaching and learning in inner city contexts

*Meetings with other associate teachers from a wide trainee network across Manchester

*Regular pedagogical training sessions at Manchester Metropolitan University

*Gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE, and Masters level credits

*Support with further professional development in your first year of teaching (NQT)

*Experiences not offered through the traditional PGCE route, such as INSET training, a wellbeing provision and increased job prospects through establishing direct links with schools

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are very happy to support candidates with disabilities and other needs and have particular experience in supporting candidates with dyslexia.

Contact details

Brookburn Primary School
Brookburn Rd
Greater Manchester
M21 8EH


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: 1JR
  • Training programme code: 3D4Q

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Chorlton High School
Chorlton High School, Nell Lane, Chorlton, Manchester M21 7SL
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