Teach Manchester Primary (25BW)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our School Direct course consists of a variety of learning experiences, focused on practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participant’s knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments.

This course will be delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, who will award both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters level credits as a PGCE on successful completion. You’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and will normally spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in up to two schools.

You will explore key aspects of primary teaching including managing behavior, planning and assessing learning. You’ll also consider creative approaches to teaching such as bringing historical characters to life, the benefits of learning outside the classroom, practical science experiments and investigations, and how theory supports classroom practice.

Some of the topics you will explore include theories of learning, behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, attachment and trauma-informed practices, safeguarding, SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) and non-verbal communication (such as body language).

You’ll also develop your research skills during these lectures, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion) you can explore research and use it to guide your teaching.

During your first weeks in university-taught sessions, you’ll explore curriculum pedagogies, professional responsibilities and expectations. You’ll work in small co-operative groups and also independently to update your subject knowledge and gain confidence before your first teaching placement.

We’ll also give you a full overview of the year to help you to stay organised throughout the course.

You’ll gradually put the skills you’ve learnt into practice and build your confidence in the classroom. After a period of induction, you’ll be supported by a class mentor and progressively take on the responsibility of whole class teaching. This will include planning, teaching and evaluating your lessons, assessing the children’s progress, and contributing to other aspects of a typically busy school life. You will, with support and mentoring, progress to teaching a 70-80% timetable in your final school placement.

When you’re on placement, Teach Manchester and your class mentor will support, guide and coach you. You will also receive support from your personal tutor at university and a university visiting tutor.

School placements

You will become part your first placement School early September and start your placement early October, this is earlier than University led programmes. You will receive intensive support from our experienced team of teachers and mentors from the beginning of your placement.
You will build your skills through observation, reflection, and attendance at both alliance training sessions and university led sessions. This will support you in building your skill set towards teaching whole class lessons, and then onto a significant timetable by the end of the year.

Placement A - This unit is your first school-based training experience. By the end of the placement you will be expected to plan, teach and assess specific areas of the curriculum, including the core and some foundation subjects.  

Placement B - This unit is your final school-based training experience. By the end of the placement you will be expected to plan, teach and assess all areas of the curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Equivalency tests in English, mathematics and science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education and Professional Development will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education programmes, at undergraduate or postgraduate level. As per government requirements for teacher training courses, we are not able to accept key skills, adult numeracy and literacy or functional skills as an alternative to GCSE English language and mathematics. We are not able to accept human biology, physiology, environmental or agricultural science as an alternative to GCSE science qualification. We are not able to consider Level 3 qualifications (eg A-levels, BTECs) as an alternative to GCSE English language, mathematics and science.

Personal qualities

Our strongest applicants have undertaken some observation in a school and reflected on their experiences and the role of the teacher. To apply for teacher training the personal statement plays an important role in the admissions process. Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a primary school setting. You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

If you are due to graduate or have graduated within the last three years your principal referee must be a university lecturer.

Other requirements

We also recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and satisfactory health check are also required. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course.

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS 7.0 with no component below 6.0, taken within two years of course start date. Further details can be found on www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,500

Please check for SPECIALIST COSTS with MMU


Travel costs to placements (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.

About the training provider

Teach Manchester is an experienced School Direct alliance of primary, secondary, specialist and sixth form schools and colleges based in Central Manchester. Teach Manchester works in partnership with three universities to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education. We are committed to providing an outstanding programme of support to student teachers so that they develop into confident and competent teachers who can contribute to the culture of excellence across the alliance and beyond.

We work in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester and the University of Cumbria to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education across primary, primary with SEND and secondary subject specialisms. Our programme equips new teachers with the skills and knowledge to be outstanding teachers and is delivered by specialist leaders of education (SLEs), school leaders and colleagues from our university partners. Upon successful completion of our programme you will be awarded both Qualified Teacher Status and up to 60 Masters Level Credits as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by our partner universities.

Every child should be taught by an outstanding teacher.

Interview process

You will be expected to attend an online or face-to-face interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

All programmes include a panel interview where we are looking to find our more about your skills, knowledge, experience and passion.
The interview process takes place over a half-day at our lead School St Peter’s High RC School.

  • an introductory talk
  • a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching
  • a short presentation
  • a short theme task
  • identity and qualification checks (please provide photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)

All offers we make after interview will be conditional on; satisfactory medical clearance, clearance through the Disclosure and Barring service, validation of any declared qualification and the acquisition of any pending qualifications. Individual offers may have additional conditions and you are advised to carefully read these.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

All successful applicants are required to undergo a Fitness to Teach assessment as a condition of offer. These are undertaken by the Occupational Health contractor of the partner university.

We encourage all applicants with disabilities and other needs to talk to us individually regarding their needs and how we can best support them during the period between accepting an offer and the start of the course to ensure that we can make appropriate arrangements. We will use information from the applicant and from professional referrals (for example GPs, Occupational Health, Education Psychologist) as appropriate to provide support on an individual basis.

We work collaboratively with our accrediting universities to support students, and services such as counselling are available through the partner university.

We work with the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Cumbria. Please check the course description to find out the partner university for the course that you are interested in.

Contact this training provider

0161 248 1550
St Peter's RC High School
Kirkmanshulme Lane
M12 4WB

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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