Art & Design

About this course

The Altius Alliance will ensure that you are trained, coached and mentored by experienced, highly effective practitioners and Specialist leaders of Education (SLEs) to achieve QTS and a PGCE (SCITT).

All trainees undertake at least one of their three assessed placements at a Laurus school.

The Art Department at Cheadle Hulme High School has well equipped art rooms an Apple Mac IT suite and a purpose built Sixth Form area. We currently have facilities for Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking, and Photography.

Departmental staff come from a variety of Fine Art and Design backgrounds. Through the sharing of expertise all teachers are able to teach across the full range of Art and Design specialisms..

Students at KS3 are taught a range of disciplines including drawing and painting, textiles, sculpture, photography, ceramics and printmaking. At GCSE we follow the AQA specification for both Art and Design and Photography and have an outstanding success rate.


The course:

The course runs from September to the end of June.

All of the time is spent in schools (apart from 4 days at university to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (SCITT).

  • The course comprises:
  • Generic teacher training
  • Art pedagogy programme – reflecting the KS3 and KS4 content outlined above
  • SEND with mental health programme
  • Three assessed teaching placements
  • Enhancement placements – at SEND school and Post 16 placement (unassessed)
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • PGCE (SCITT) with 60 Masters credits



QTS: This is an evidence based course where trainees are required to maintain and submit files of evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards (DfE). These files comprise school experience files, formal lesson observations, pedagogy tasks, specific generic and curriculum-based tasks.

PGCE (SCITT): Two assignments (5000 words each) at Masters level.

‘The SCITT has an excellent reputation for producing NQTs who are confident and competent teachers.’ (Ofsted 2017)


How to apply

Please apply via the UCAS Website>

UCAS code: 2QH9

Entry Requirements

You should be a graduate with a 2:2 or above honours degree.

You should have a degree in which the majority of the content was Art related -Fine Art, Art and Design, Illustration, Creative Media, Digital Design, Animation, Textiles and 3D Design.