We are currently recruiting for the following Secondary Subjects: Application open NOW for September 2020-21. 


Our Secondary Training Route Programme runs for one academic year on a full time basis or two academic years on a part time basis. 


The programme is designed so that trainees spend four days of the week in their host school, with the final day of the week at the NMITTP base for their Professional Studies sessions.


Every trainee will be assigned a mentor at their host school, who will meet with them weekly, conduct observations, give feedback and support their progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.


During Term 2, trainees will complete a six week second placement in a contrasting school setting.


This route is ideal for those with less school experience and trainees will be supernumerary.


The overall aim of the subject component of the ITT programme course is to enable trainees to inspire, engage, stimulate and promote students’ learning through the teaching of excellent lessons.

Trainees will develop their subject knowledge throughout the course, considering in greater depths the different aspects of learning and teaching related to their subject. Through discussion with the subject mentors and class teachers, trainees will also develop awareness and understanding of particular aspects of their subject and how this effects students’ progression in lessons. By the end of the year trainees will have developed a reflective approach to their teaching allowing them to continue in their career to build upon their foundations and excel as outstanding practitioners


  • Applied Art & Design

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Design Technology

  • Drama

  • English

  • Geography

  • History

  • Mathematics

  • Modern Languages

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

course objectives

The subject knowledge component of the programme will run throughout the year in conjunction with the professional studies programme. This element will reinforce the overall aims of the programme and in particular the subject knowledge component will enable trainees to:

  • develop an appreciation of the place and role of the subject within the Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculums.

  • develop an appreciation of the national agenda and how the role of classroom teacher can enhance this at the local level.

  • become familiar with the statutory curricula, frameworks and specifications, particularly with reference to the trainee’s specialism within Key Stage 4 and Post 16 pathways.

  • gain an understanding of the ways that students learn and develop a variety of learning and teaching approaches to support students in achieving their potential within the subject area.

  • plan, prepare and put into practice appropriate units of work and lesson plans.

  • develop a range of evaluation and reflection skills to allow trainees to take a reflective approach to their teaching.

  • develop and implement a range of assessment for learning strategies within the subject area.prepare students at all levels for assessment at Key Stages 3 and 4.

  • become confident and competent to engage in the professional role and responsibilities of the class teacher.

Trainees may also be expected to engage in and complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to run prior to and parallel with the ITT programme course. This course will complement and enhance the learning with regards to subject knowledge. Each course will be personalised and tailored to individual trainees.


At the end of the Secondary Training Route Programme, trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.  They will present, to the NMITTP panel, their best evidence against each of the standards and if successful, will be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

additional Qualification: PGCERT (SCITT)

Included in the fees for our Primary Training Route Programme, trainees complete a PGCERT (SCITT) with Manchester Metropolitan University. This Level 7 qualification is the equivalent to a third of a Master’s Degree and these credits can be used to gain a full Master’s Degree.  Trainees will complete assignments which are based around their own experiences within the classroom and will develop their reflective skills and improve teaching and learning.


To be eligible for the PGCERT (SCITT), trainees must have 320 credits from an honours degree.  Trainees who are not eligible for the PGCERT (SCITT) are still able to complete the QTS qualification at a reduced fee


Training route trainees will be required to pay a tuition fee of £9,000 for the programme.  This covers the cost of the PGCERT (SCITT).  Trainees are also eligible to apply for student finance and to receive a bursary or a scholarship. 

bursaries and scholarships

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship

  2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan

  3. 3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

Please click here for more information about the funding available for teacher training courses starting in the academic year 2021/22.

eligibility criteria

If you fit the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying, then please click here and type North Manchester ITT partnership into the find toolbar.