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.

Teachers in the English department at Cheadle Hulme High School are all subject specialists and are supported by a teaching assistant for Literacy and an administration assistant. The large department includes a central office / subject workroom and two Media teaching rooms that are generously resourced with a suite of Apple Macs.

The KS3 curriculum focuses on creativity and challenge. Each student will study Shakespeare; poetry and prose and drama from the English Heritage as well as other cultures; media and non-fiction texts and will be assessed at regular intervals for progress in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Particular attention is given to the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Embedded into the English curriculum is the Oracy programme enabling all students to develop the skills of effective spoken communication and confidence.

At KS4 we deliver two GCSE courses in English Language and Literature; we are using the new AQA specifications.

The English department has a full calendar of enrichment activities, clubs and events that run throughout the year: students enjoy participating in both external and internal competitions as well as attending cinema and theatre trips.


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
  • English 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: 2LG7

Entry Requirements

Secondary English
All offers are conditional upon passing the pre-entry skills tests in Mathematics and English. We advise that these are passed prior to application, but where they have not been both tests will need to have been passed within six weeks of a place being offered to fulfil the conditions of that offer.

  • A 2:2 honours degree or above awarded by a UK University or equivalent
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better
  • Recent and relevant school experience in UK schools in the last two years
  • To be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English