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 the 3 placements at Cheadle Hulme High School.

The Geography department at Cheadle Hulme High School has a large range of resources; we have dedicated Geography classrooms and a central office with dedicated Administration Support.

Across KS3 students have specific Geography lessons taught by subject specialists. Students study a range of units from both the physical and human geographical disciplines. They experience physical topics such as rivers, coasts and weather along with human themes including development, economic activity and population.

At KS4 we follow the OCR B Geography course. At A Level we follow OCR Geography. Successful uptake of the subject has seen the department continue to develop students and prepare them for University life.


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
  • Geography 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: 2LGF

Entry Requirements

Secondary Geography

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
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