Culcheth Campus
Computing (AP29)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Alliance for Learning SCITT
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

This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of computing. Culcheth Campus, in partnership with Alliance For Learning SCITT offers trainees the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and experienced practitioners from day one of the course. Over 150 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training and audits will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the biology curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4. Trainee timetables are designed to increase in size and complexity over the training year, but trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support is met.

All trainees gain experience of both key stage 2 (upper primary) and Key stage 5 (post 16).

Trainees are assessed through their mentor and and the wider partnership team at Culcheth Campus and Alliance For Learning. Observations of teaching form a large portion of the assessment process, with a range of opportunities for trainees to reflect on their progress against the teachers’ standards (2012). Trainees reflect on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. This process is summarised through a moderation interview at the end of the course. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the teachers’ standards.

Throughout the course trainees receive face to face training in pedagogy and subject knowledge. This training is delivered by current practitioners and takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning, enabling trainees to adapt their own learning for the context of their placement schools. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Culcheth High School and Altringham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place in partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Applicants undertaking the PGCE programme are expected to complete four written assignments leading to 60 M level credits.

“The high quality face-to-face training, assignments and placements combine to give trainees a firm basis on which to develop their skills and knowledge” Ofsted 2017

“Employers of trainees comment very favourably on the significant improvements in trainees’ expertise and knowledge, brought about by their training” Ofsted 2017

Interview process

Following an application that meets our criteria, a recruitment day will be arranged at Culcheth Campus. This day will included the following elements:

A short pupil-based activity where we ask you to prepare and teach for around 15 minutes

An interview with staff from the Culcheth Campus and the wider SCITT partnership

A knowledge audit to ascertain your needs

A written communication task

How school placements work

This course leads to qualified teacher status (11-16). All secondary placements are arranged through an A-B-A model. This means that trainees will be placed at their teaching practice one school for the winter term, and then teach in a contrasting school from January to April. Following Easter, trainees will return to their main placement school until the end of June. Placement schools are chosen through a number of factors, including prior experience, training needs and location We do not expect anyone to be traveling for more than an hour to their placement schools, and usually it is much less.

Face to face training takes place on Fridays. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place at Culcheth Campus alongside our partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.


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

Applicants who are not British citizens or a citizen of one of the EEA (European Economic Area) countries will need a visa to study in the UK. More details can be found from the Home Office

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

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

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing 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.



A UK degree of classification 2.2 or higher (we may consider experience applicants with a 3rd class degree for a QTS only programme).

You should be able to demonstrate how approximately 50% of your degree course is relevant to the subject you wish to teach.

At least 3 GCSEs grade A*-C (4 or better) with GCSE grade C or above in both English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications)

Personal qualities

A passion for the subject you wish to teach

The potential to train to teach

Excellent subject knowledge



Applicants must produce a well written and clear personal statement that sets out how they meet the course requirements. The personal statement is part of the application process.

Other requirements

All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this included a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.

Some applicants may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.

Full admissions policy can be found at:

About the training provider

Culcheth High School is an innovative and forward thinking school that puts professional development at the heart of everything that we do.We believe that investing in the next generation of teachers is crucial to our success and is key to serving our local community. We are incredibly excited to be taking a leading role in Schools Direct, providing us with the opportunity to create a unique evidence-based approach to teacher training. Working in partnership with the Alliance for Learning and University of Manchester; you will receive a broad and balanced training experience, collaborating with a team of highly experienced, passionate teachers and leaders who will guide and support you through the most exciting, challenging and inspiring training experience. You will be immersed in a culture of high quality, evidence-informed teaching practice. You will receive an extensive programme of professional development, seamlessly connecting theory and practice, underpinned by a secure knowledge of what makes effective teaching. You will benefit from a comprehensive programme of SEND, wellbeing, mental health & safeguarding training, delivered by expert practitioners, providing you with a holistic approach to life as a teacher.All of our partner schools have extensive teacher training experience with an excellent track record for recruitment and retention. You will be guided through a personalised mentoring and coaching programme that is built around your individual experiences and needs so that you feel prepared and excited to take on your new role as an NQT.

About the accredited body

The Alliance for Learning SCITT is a dynamic, high-quality teacher training provider offering a range of school-based routes into teaching.We have a proven track record of providing outstanding teacher training for over 10 years.We are committed to training teachers who can provide the next generation with the opportunity to develop successful futures.You will be supported and guided throughout your training by highly qualified, experienced mentors.You will gain a PGCE (awarded by the University of Manchester) and QTS status.

“Employers of trainees comment very favourably on the significant improvements in trainees’ expertise and knowledge, brought about by their training” Ofsted 2017

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive, accessible school that aims to support all candidates in the best way possible. We have an astute awareness of SEND and can accomodate a range of needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us on if you would like to discuss this further.

Contact details

01925 767587
Culcheth High School
Warrington 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: 4F5
  • Training programme code: AP29

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
Culcheth, Warrington
Culcheth High School, Warrington Road, Culcheth, England WA3 5HH
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