Primary with Ashton Teacher Training Partnership Accredited provider: Staffordshire 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

School Direct is a school-led training programme that gives you the chance to learn 'on the job' in a school.

You will work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately putting new skills into practice.

Ashton Sixth Form College works with Staffordshire University delivering School Direct Teacher Training across Tameside, Derbyshire and Manchester. All of our student complete the course with a PGCE (with up to 60 master’s credits) and recommendation for QTS.

The programme will also include a small number of observational days in settings with older and younger children.

The course requires considerable time commitment, this includes all class contact, as well as independent study and preparation.

Interview process

Following a successful application through UCAS Teacher Training, you will be invited to phase one of the interview process which is a formal college based interview which will include:

  • Panel interview with representatives from a partner school and the Teacher Training Team
  • 10 minute presentation related to the course you have applied for
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar test
  • Written task related to the course you have applied for

If you are successful at phase one of the interview process, you will be invited to a phase two interview at a school within our partnership where you will be observed by a member of the teaching staff interacting with children and staff. You must be successful with both parts to be offered a place on this course.

How school placements work

Placements are carefully chosen for each student by our team. We always try to consider the location of the school, your personal circumstances and current experience level.

We have placements available in Primary schools throughout Tameside, Manchester and Derbyshire.

In each placement you will be allocated a mentor within the school, this is usually the class teacher, who will support you with your teacher training. We also provide all training and documentation to the schools so they know what to expect from you and how our timetable works.

You will begin by observing other teachers and then by the end of placement 2, you should be teaching up to 80% of a teacher’s workload. You will be given a structured week by week plan to help develop your skills and knowledge.

Placements run from September to January for Placement 1, and then February to June for Placement 2. You will be in the classroom for four days per week, then come into college one or two days for academic lectures, usually a Friday.

If you are currently employed in the education sector and wish to arrange your own placement at the school you are working in, we are happy to discuss this with the school and can provide them with the training and support they need.

You will be observed teaching at least three times over the course of both placements so please bear this in mind when considering arranging your own placement. Should you wish to do this please contact a member of the team to discuss the location and other general school information.


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.



  • You must already possess, or expect to be awarded, the equivalent of a UK Honours Degree. Ideally this should be at 2:1 or above, although a 2:2 may be acceptable in some circumstances.
  • A GCSE grade A*- C or 4-9 in Maths, English and Science
  • You will need to demonstrate a good understanding of the education system gained from work or placement in schools or experience of working with primary school aged pupils
  • You must be ICT literate

Personal qualities

We are looking for to recruit applicants who are passionate about teaching and primary education.

Other requirements

  • You will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application
  • Complete a health check to confirm that you are fit to teach
  • Experience of working with primary age students in a school setting would be beneficial preparation for interview
  • We recommend you submit a well considered personal statement on the UCAS application form as this is a key part of the short listing process
  • Demonstrate your ability and capacity to write at an appropriate level for your programme

About the training provider

Our award-winning campus covers over 6 acres in the Tameside borough of Greater Manchester.

With great links to public transport - a short journey from both Ashton and Stalybridge Train Station, Ashton tram stop and Ashton Bus Station - the college is ideally located in the area.

The most recent National Student Survey (NSS) states that ‘100% of our students are satisfied with the quality of the courses’.

About the accredited provider

Ashton Sixth Form has run degrees and teacher training in partnership with Staffordshire University for over 10 years and has achieved excellent outcomes for trainee teachers and degree students.

The collaboration between Staffordshire University and Ashton Sixth Form College enables you to study on a Staffordshire University course in your home town.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our experienced and professional Inclusive Learning Team provide specialist support if you have specific learning needs. The breadth of support is extensive, from learning difficulties to accessibility, and so much more. Every student’s needs are different and Inclusive Learning ensure that support is there for anyone who may need it.

Contact details

01616 668215
Ashton Sixth Form College
Darnton 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: 29O
  • Training programme code: 2S3L

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
- Main Site Darnton Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 9RL

Advice and support

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