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.

Cheadle Hulme High School Science Department comprises a large suite of dedicated science laboratories, three preparatory rooms and an office. All the science teachers are specialists  and are supported by four technicians and a Learning Support Assistant.

We deliver a traditional and challenging KS3 curriculum over three years and students are taught where possible by subject specific specialist teachers from Year 8 onwards. At KS4, all of our students take OCR Gateway GCSE Science or Separate Sciences. Over 50% of sixth form students take an A Level in Science, all of which use the AQA exam board.

The Science department has a full calendar of enrichment activities, clubs and events which run throughout the year. Particular highlights are the “pop up” Planetarium and the Science Fair.


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
  • Science 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: Biology (2LG9), Chemistry (2LGB), Physics (2LGC)

Entry Requirements

Secondary Science

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