The University of Manchester Primary (X100)

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

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
10 Months. [Full-Time]
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/

Contents

Course summary

PGCE Primary will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11. It provides training in all primary stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on mathematics, English and science.

Completion leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).

University-based sessions cover education theories, ideas and concepts, and will enhance your awareness of current educational issues. You will spend a significant amount of time studying the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.

You will also study: religious education; PE; history; geography; art; music; and design and technology.

School placements

The course is run in partnership with more than 200 local primary schools and you will spend more than 50% of your time in primary schools on placements. When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced primary teacher. You will also have a mentor to help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment and improve your teaching skills.

Our partnership schools are located across Greater Manchester, including Bolton, Trafford, Tameside, Manchester, Bury, Stockport, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham, and also north Cheshire and south Lancashire. The main professional placements are:

  • eight weeks in the autumn term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2
  • eleven weeks in the summer term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2
  • two-week enquiry placement in either key stage
  • two-week placement in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • one-week placement in Key Stage 3.

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.

In addition to GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science, we also require at least three other non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C) AND two A-levels in non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C)

Currently, the University of Manchester does not offer equivalency tests, but would accept equivalency tests from these providers:

https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/gcse-equivalency-test/gcse-equivalency-tests-non-bcu-applicants

https://astarequivalency.co.uk/

Other requirements

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 £21,000

About the training provider

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.

Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 94% of our trainees find employment at the end of the course.

By choosing a PGCE with us, you’ll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience. We are:

  • Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
  • Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).

Interview process

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an online interview and share the relevant information.
The interview process will involve a personal interview with an academic member of staff. You will be also asked to prepare a presentation in advance.

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

Disabled students make up over 15% of University of Manchester students, and we’re proud to offer an accessible and inclusive service.

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (sometimes called the DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether students, staff or supporters. We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.

For more information please follow this link: http://www.dso.manchester.ac.uk/

Contact this training provider

Email
pgce@manchester.ac.uk
Telephone
0161 306 1311
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/
Address
Manchester Institute of Education
Oxford Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M13 9PL

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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