Silk Alliance
Primary (2Y63)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
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

Our well-established School Direct programme, led by Mottram St Andrew Primary Academy for the Silk Alliance, will give you the benefit of extended training within the school context, with supportive placements in good and outstanding schools. This is combined with the highest quality training from experienced tutors at Manchester University. Silk Alliance believes that the joint partnership between the school and the University gives trainees the best of both worlds.

How school placements work

A strength of our course is the carefully selected range of school placements:

  • Guided School placement - 7 weeks
  • Secondary placement - 1 week
  • Early Years Foundation Stage placement - 2 contrasting schools - 1 week each
  • Enquiry placement - school chosen to meet area of interest - 2 weeks
  • Final placement - 12 weeks

All placements are organised for students within our partner schools.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • A 2:1 or above honours degree in a non-vocational subject. Vocational subjects may be considered in some circumstances.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, e.g., through postgraduate study.
  • Two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.

Please also see Manchester University

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates with:

  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching.
  • a rationale for applying to be a primary teacher.
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher.

We recommend that applicants spend 5 days observing primary teaching following a UK curriculum prior to attending an interview. However this is not mandatory.

Other requirements

  • Comply with fitness to practise/health requirements.
  • Comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please see also Manchester University

About the training provider

The Silk Alliance is built on the belief that children thrive in schools which seek to encourage both academic and personal growth. We are committed to the notion that outstanding teachers and outstanding leaders make a real difference, and we place a high priority on innovative teaching and learning. Schools within the Silk Alliance are mainly centred within the Macclesfield / Poynton area. Our partners offer expertise in a range of contexts so our trainees will benefit from many different experiences whilst on placement. Mottram St. Andrew Primary Academy is the lead school for the Primary School Direct programme.

About the accredited body

Teacher training at the University of Manchester is rated as outstanding by Ofsted. It is the best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).

Training with disabilities and other needs

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

Contact details

Priest Lane
Mottram St Andrew
SK10 4QL


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