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The Manchester Metropolitan University Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the primary curriculum.

You will gain experience in teaching across the various Key Stages so that you are confident in teaching any year group. You can choose to focus on the Early Years and Key Stage 1, or Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (although you will be qualified to teach all 3 age phases).

You will have taught sessions at University (around 10 weeks over the year) and spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll learn teaching methods and organisational skills, and how to apply your knowledge in the classroom. Some of the skills you’ll learn include how to plan lessons and how to manage children’s behaviour.

You’ll explore creative ways to teach across the core curriculum, from subjects such as History and Science to English and Art. You might, for example, explore how to use drama and role-play to bring history to life.

We also have science laboratories on campus, where you’ll have taught sessions with our science tutors so that you can develop the knowledge you’ll need to teach your class.

You won’t only learn teaching methods with us on campus though, you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner. You will, with support and mentoring, progress to teaching a 70-80% timetable in your final school experience.

On your placements, you’ll get involved with everything in school, from assemblies to playground duties to speaking with parents.

When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

Manchester Met organises placements for you on our University-led (‘core’) PGCE route through our extensive Initial Teacher Education Partnership. Our Partnership vision is to train ‘outstanding, critically-literate professional teachers who will challenge and inspire their learners’.

The schools we work with share our commitment to aspiration and excellence, with a focus on strong mentor training and support for trainees. There is also an emphasis on national priorities, including behaviour management, literacy and numeracy.

Our partner schools cover a wide geographical area and diversity of social, economic and cultural backgrounds, ranging across inner-city, suburban and rural settings, enabling us to offer you a broad range of placement opportunities.

We organise placements starting with your term-time postcode and matching this with placement offers from schools. You’ll be expected to travel up to 90 minutes each way from where you live and to arrive in school 45 minutes before the school day commences. We take into consideration special circumstances such as disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages.

You’ll spend at least 120 days on contrasting placements in two schools related to the two age phases of your particular route through the course, with time spent in each key stage/phase. You’ll be attached to each school for a substantial period of time and expected to engage in the full life of the school.

In your first placement, you’ll gain experience across the full age range of the school and teach in one class for an extended period, taking increased responsibility for that class.

You’ll then begin to teach a range of curriculum areas, as well as gaining an understanding of cross-curricular themes.

The second placement focuses on the whole curriculum and extended management of the classroom in order to meet the requirements for the Teachers’ Standards.

You’ll be required to pass both periods of school-based training.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

2:2 undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent.

GCSEs grade C/4 in English language, mathematics and science.

Equivalency tests in English language, mathematics and science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Overseas applicants must have IELTS 7 with no less than 6.0 in any component.

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy or Key Skills as equivalents to GCSEs. Human Biology and Human Physiology are not accepted as a Science subject.


Interview is part of application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service Check and Fitness to Teach assessment and satisfactory declaration in relation to the Childcare Disqualification Regulation Act 2009 are all required.

Once holding a Firm offer with Manchester Met, you will receive an email instructing you on how to complete the above checks. Only checks submitted through University’s system will be accepted.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,550

These are the fees for 2020/21 academic year and may be subject to change for 2021/22 academic year.

Financial support from the training provider

Please see ( for information on financial support available.

About the training provider

At Manchester Met, you won’t just develop the practical and organisational skills you’ll need to teach a subject in the classroom. You’ll explore how children learn and factors that can affect the way we learn, from our environment to our teachers.

You will look at the latest educational research, identifying how research might help you in the classroom, perhaps when you’re dealing with children’s behaviour or you’re investigating if there’s a new way to teach a topic.

We offer University-led and School-led routes into teaching both Primary and Secondary education.

Both routes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 60 Masters level credits (a full-time masters degree typically consists of 180 credits, and you can usually put your 60 credits towards your masters).

We work with over 500 primary schools and over 400 secondary schools across the North West region. This means you could experience placements in inner city or rural settings, mixed or single gender, faith schools, selective or comprehensive schools. This variety helps you to experience different situations and develop your practical skills as a teacher in different settings.

You can also choose from over 20 secondary subject specialisms. Maybe you’re excited to share your love of Shakespeare or perhaps you can’t wait to hear your year 7 class share their first words in Mandarin. Or, you’re already thinking of all of the incredible science experiments you’ll show your class.

You will learn in a diverse community of students, replicating the environment you will experience in schools.

Interview process

Due to the national restrictions imposed to manage the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) we are currently holding remote interviews. This is because our top priority is to safeguard the wellbeing of our student and academic community. We also want to provide you with the best and safest experience during your interview. This will enable you to take part from home or a location to suit you, rather than face-to-face on our campus in Manchester.

The interview panel will consist of one or two interviewers, usually University Tutors and/or Primary Head Teacher or School Class Mentor. The interview process will resemble closely the way in which the programme is delivered; we give high priority to group work and discussion, to personal points of view, and applicants being able to demonstrate a critical and an analytical approach. Schools also value these skills in teaching staff.

The interview is composed of five parts:

  • An informal but critical discussion of a given topic linked to primary teaching with other candidates.

  • A brief introduction to yourself.

  • In a group: A 2-minute individual prepared presentation to a small group, followed by a group discussion of all the presentations.

  • Individually: A 3-minute prepared presentation.

  • A short individual interview with a MMU Tutor and a Partnership School Head or Mentor.

Training with disabilities and other needs

A member of staff from Disability Service is often available at MMU Open days and Visit Days to offer advice on disability related issues. However, you can always phone or email us if you have any specific queries.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to providing equal opportunities in education for all students and will take reasonable steps to meet both the general need for access and the specific needs of individuals with additional support needs. The University works with disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability.

Before accepting a place, disabled applicants should explore how the university might be able to meet any additional study support or accommodation needs they may have. This should be done at the earliest opportunity by contacting the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (

Contact this training provider

0161 247 6969
All Saints Building
All Saints
Greater Manchester
M15 6BH

Support and advice

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