The Radclyffe School
Mathematics (39R5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
Financial support
Scholarship, 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

Following a School Direct Secondary Mathematics route of Initial Teacher Training provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding Mathematics teacher.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school, spending 25 weeks experiencing and working in different educational contexts.

At The Radclyffe School we are committed to giving Initial Teacher Trainees a wide range of professional development opportunities. As such, we organise a relevant and varied Professional Studies programme which is tailored to your stage of development throughout the academic year.

Sessions focus on topics such as behaviour management strategies, outstanding learning and teaching, using school data to boost performance, stretching the most able, supporting students with Special Educational Needs and high quality feedback and assessment for learning.

In addition, you will take part in a student track activity at the start of the year so you can gain experience of a wide range of teaching across the school. You will also observe outstanding lessons, our experienced staff and Excellent Teachers, Advanced Skills Teachers and Lead Practitioners and take part in additional and bespoke New Staff professional development training throughout the year.

We are committed to providing you with a varied and balanced experience of school placements. While we will be your 'home' school, your 'away' placement will be based in a local and contrasting context.

Interview process

You will be interviewed by a panel which includes; our Initial Teacher Training co-ordinator, School Direct Co-ordinator (Head of Mathematics faculty), Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Learning and Teaching and our Human Resources Manager.

The interview process will include a formal interview, written task and presentation to students (e.g. planning and delivering part of a lesson or assembly).

All applications for Schools Direct are processed through the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Applicants should ideally be registered and have taken the skills tests prior to interview.

How school placements work

Our School Direct Route of Initial Teacher Training is based at The Radclyffe School, with a shorter placement in a partner secondary school.

Our partnership schools are based in the Oldham and Greater Manchester area and will offer you a contrasting school experience to increase the breadth of your teaching practice. These schools are chosen by us because of their track record of successfully supporting School Direct trainee teachers and because they have been quality assured by the University of Manchester, giving us the confidence that your 'away' placement will be as valuable and supportive as your experiences when based at The Radclyffe School.

The Radclyffe School is an 11-16 Secondary school, while our partner schools are a mixture of 11-16 and 11-18 institutions.

In total, you will spend approximately 125 days in a school context and 50 days at the University of Manchester.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £18,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

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Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

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

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

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



Minimum 2:2 honours degree in Mathematics or equivalent

Both Mathematics GCSE and Mathematics A Level or equivalents at grade B or above.

English language GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above.

Personal qualities

We are seeking to appoint a motivated, conscientious and passionate applicant who has the desire to be an outstanding Mathematics practitioner.

The right candidate would be keen to get involved with the ethos and practices of our school life, work well within a team, enjoy learning, be an independent learner and have resilience.

Experience of working with children or other classroom-based experience would be advantageous.

For the right candidate we are willing to arrange school based experience at The Radclyffe School to give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with school life and the classroom before the course starts.

Other requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.

To meet our safeguarding duties you will be asked to confirm your identity (and address), undertake an on-line health assessment and provide two referees.

You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

About the training provider

Our School is an Ofsted-rated Outstanding School and we are on a journey to ‘Beyond Outstanding’. On our journey of excellence, we are all learners. At The Radclyffe School our staff training programme is based on sound education research and aims to provide a range of high quality professional learning opportunities throughout the year, including weekly staff training incorporated into the school timetable. This means that our teachers have the opportunity to continue to develop their knowledge and confidence of learning and teaching strategies so that they can inspire and challenge our students. (

Our Mathematics and English Faculties have many advantages, including:

  • An ideal mix of colleagues within a diverse team of experienced staff, NQTs and RQTs, with each member of the team bringing their own individual personality and a wealth of knowledge and skills
  • Our talent is reflected in that we have a number of specialists in learning and teaching who have taken advantage of the whole school commitment to providing opportunities for developing leadership and excellence, including Excellent Teachers, Lead Teachers and Advanced Skills Teachers.
  • We believe in our school ethos of 'Working Together for Excellence' and constantly collaborate to share outstanding ideas and resources.
  • Our results are continually improving and compare favourably with national and local figures

Training with disabilities and other needs

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Contact details

The Radclyffe School
Hunt Lane, Chadderton
Greater Manchester


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: 2J1
  • Training programme code: 39R5

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
Main Site
Hunt Lane, Chadderton, Oldham, Greater Manchester OL9 0LS
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