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 History department at Cheadle Hulme High School has a suite of dedicated History classrooms and a central office with dedicated Administration Support

At KS3 students are taught by subject specialists and study a range of topics including The Battle of Hastings, Significant Tudors, The History of Manchester, Terrorism in the 20th Century and the assassination of JFK.

At GCSE we follow the AQA specification and study Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship, Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972, Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day and Elizabethan England, c1568–1603.

The popularity of our subject, in terms of student take up at KS4, has increased year on year. 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
  • History 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: 2LGD

Entry Requirements

Secondary History

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