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 Maths department at Cheadle Hulme High School are all subject specialists and are supported by a teaching administration assistants. The large department includes a central office / subject workroom which offers a space for collaborative working within the department.

At KS3 students are taught in mixed attainment groups. Lessons cover ideas from proportional reasoning to algebraic manipulation and geometrical reasoning. The school is involved in the Mastery Teaching National Project which started with the England-Shanghai Mathematics Teacher Exchange Project

At GCSE we follow the AQA syllabus for all students and have a good track record. The majority of students are taught in mixed ability groups. We have one Year 11 group who also follow the Edexcel Statistics syllabus.


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
  • Maths 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: 2LG8

Entry Requirements

Secondary Maths

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 which is in Mathematics or in another subject area which has 50% Mathematics content.
  • If degree not in Maths will need at least A level grade B in Maths to be considered.
  • 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