Boarshaw Community Primary School
Primary 5 -11 (AW13)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

The main training placement for this particular post will be at one of the PiraMidd Partner schools in Middleton, Manchester. We are part of Rochdale MBC.

The placement of at least 28 weeks, split into different phases, will begin with observations in your main placement school and across our diverse group of schools. The course will be front loaded with a lot of the theory you will need to be successful in the classroom delivered in the first term. You will then be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge in the classroom with small groups and whole classes.

You will be assessed at key points throughout the year. Your teaching will be observed and you will gather evidence from a range of different sources to show how you are meeting the Teacher Standards.

Throughout your training from September to July you will have a personalised programme of support from a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor. Their role is to facilitate your development as a teacher and build on your strengths, expertise and subject-knowledge. You will be encouraged to continually reflect upon your practice, identifying your strengths and implementing strategies to improve your practice further.

In addition, you will meet periodically with your subject tutor and will be enrolled on the MMU PGCE. Training with PiraMidd also affords the opportunity to experience working in a Nursery School and the opportunity to have an extended placement in a special school.

Interview process

We are looking for talented graduates who have the enthusiasm, passion and resilience that being an outstanding teacher requires. Teacher training is a challenging programme and we are looking for the commitment that will ensure that trainees complete the year successfully and go on to have outstanding careers.

Excellent subject knowledge is expected, along with the ability to communicate this effectively to people of all ages and abilities. We understand that some applicants will have less experience but some time in schools, either working or observing would be beneficial.

Above all, we are looking for applicants who have a genuine enthusiasm for working with young people, along with the drive to become an outstanding teacher.

All applicants who demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria will be considered.

The PiraMidd ITT Recruitment Board will shortlist and invite successful applicants for interview. The interview will include:

Lesson Observation

A chance to meet with pupils

Literacy/numeracy task

Formal interview

An opportunity to ask questions about the course

How school placements work

The main training placement for this particular post will be at one of the PiraMidd Schools.

The placement of at least 28 weeks, split into different phases, will begin with observations and very soon, you will be given the increasing responsibility for teaching groups of learners, whilst also gaining understanding of a teacher's pastoral responsibilities.

Your second placement of approximately seven weeks, will give you the opportunity to develop your teaching in a contrasting school within the Partnership. Here you will develop the skills from your host placement school and adapt them to the needs of different groups of learners in a different environment.

You will then return to your host school where it will enable you to consolidate any of the Teacher Standards which you need to develop further. As part of our offer, there is an opportunity to undertake a placement in a Special School.


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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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



GCSE qualifications at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme in English, Maths and Science.

Good grades at A-Level (or equivalent) at the time of application.

An Honours degree classified as 2:1 or above (strong candidates with a 2:2, who can demonstrate sufficient relevant experience will be considered).

Overseas educated potential trainees should have NARIC approved equivalences.

Personal qualities

We are looking for inspirational graduates who have the ambition to become the school leaders of the future. We want aspirational trainees who will embrace the opportunities we offer and be committed to personal development and life-long learning. Teacher training is a challenging programme and we are looking for the commitment and resilience needed to ensure that trainees complete the year successfully.

Excellent subject knowledge is expected as is the ability to communicate effectively.

We understand that some applicants will have less experience but some time in schools, either working or observing would be beneficial.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will undertake a DBS check and a Health Check which determines ‘fitness to teach.'

About the training provider

PiraMidd ITT Partnership, is a new exciting school based route into Teaching that will begin in September 2020. Our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme is designed by the Department for Education (DfE) to give schools a leading role in training the next generation of teachers . The course allows trainees to immerse themselves in every aspect of the life of a busy primary school environment. Whilst the programme itself is validated by an Manchester Metropolitan University. Much of the content within our course, is developed by our highly experienced leaders and teachers across our collaboration of 9 primary schools, special school and nursery school in order to produce the next cohort of outstanding classroom practitioners. We believe that we have a unique mix of partners that will help our students experience high quality primary, special and nursery education.

About the accredited body

Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest universities in the UK. It balances a rich and proud heritage with a modern and ambitious approach, striving to disseminate knowledge and make higher education accessible to those with passion and potential.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The training partnership confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for trainees and prospective trainees in all aspects of its teaching and examination; its counselling of trainees; the way it affords access to any of its benefits, facilities and services. The aim of the partnership is to ensure that no trainee or prospective trainee receives less favourable treatment directly or indirectly on grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origins, gender, sexuality, marital or parental status, disability, creed, social or economic class.

Contact details

Stanycliffe Lane
M24 2PB


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Stanycliffe Lane, Middleton, Manchester M24 2PB
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