The Secondary Programme (11-16)

Can you inspire young
people to love your subject?

As a Secondary Teacher you get to explore your subject every single day. And there’s always something more to learn about it from a young adult’s perspective! The best Secondary Teachers inspire young adults to love their subjects and to continue to love learning once they leave school. They also provide excellent pastoral care to their students, helping them to build the personal and social skills which will determine how successful and happy they are in later life. The challenge is to make sure every single student has the same opportunities, regardless of their backgrounds. Can you take on that challenge?

Manchester Nexus SCITT currently offers training in these subjects

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Art & Design

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Business Studies
(ages 14-19)

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Computer Science

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Design & Technology

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Physical Education

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Religious Studies

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Social Science (ages 14-19)

We are proud of our Secondary Initial Teacher Education which ensures trainees have the right mix of individual support and joint training sessions to excel in classroom. Our careful blend of theory and practice means you’ll study how young people learn best and then try out relevant techniques and strategies in your classroom, gaining QTS and a PGCE as you do so.

“The support I have received from my mentors has been invaluable; from help with teaching and planning to supporting me through applications and interviews. I feel fully prepared to take on my NQT year thanks to the Northern Alliance!” Sophie Howarth, RQT: English


It’s not a touchy subject.

We know many prospective trainee teachers worry about getting their subject knowledge up to scratch. Helping you to do that is of paramount importance to us. Your dedicated subject mentor will support this, and if you are studying to teach the following subjects you may qualify for a free Subject Knowledge Enhancement course:

Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, English, Geography, Languages, Maths, Physics

The Manchester Nexus Immersive School Based Placement Model.

We follow an A/B/A Model which gives trainees access to a contrasting experience for enough time to allow strong relationships to be developed between trainees and their mentors, and trainees and their pupils.


We market our school-led training as a unique opportunity to engage in immersive training. Trainees are welcomed into the staff room, become part of the team and are treated like a member of staff. With that comes an opportunity to experience many of the things that they would only be exposed to in their NQT year, meaning they will find this year challenging but find that the gap between Trainee and NQT is less of a jump.

Therefore, trainees need to be committed and respectful of the reality of the school-based setting. They need to understand that mentors have other things to do and should be respectful of your time and the fact that pupils will always come first. We will continue to communicate these messages during our Centralised Professional Studies sessions.

Designated time with a Subject Mentor and Professional Mentor to ensure progression in relation to the Teaching Standards and Subject Knowledge Development.

During the course you will also:

Spend time in a Primary School to understand academic and pastoral transition from Key Stage 2 – Key Stage 3
Spend days on an elective enrichment activity at either a Special School, Pupil Referal Unit, Post 16 Placement or English as an Additional Language (EAL) placement.

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