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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

How do children respond to different teaching methods? Does learning outside of the classroom help children to learn? Can educational research influence and inspire the way you teach six-year-olds?

If the questions above fill you with curiosity this is the course for you!

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 one, or key stage one and key stage two (although you will be qualified to teach all three age phases).

You will have taught sessions at University (around 10 weeks over the year) and will normally 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 will have taught sessions with our science tutors so that you can develop the knowledge and confidence you’ll need to teach your class.

You will not 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 will get involved with everything in school, from assemblies to playground duties to speaking with parents.

For more information about this course please visit our website:

School placements

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 should be prepared to travel up to 90 minutes (maximum) 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 normally 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 will be attached to each school for a substantial period of time and expected to engage in the full life of the school.

You’ll be required to pass both teaching experiences.

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.

Manchester Met offers equivalency tests in English, maths and science -

Please note if you have the following qualifications instead of GCSE English and/or maths, you will be required to pass equivalency test instead: Functional Skills in English or Mathematics, Key Skills in English or Mathematics, Adult Numeracy or Adult Literacy.

Personal qualities

Personal Statement plays an important role in admissions process - successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within the 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

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and health checks are required. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course. General information can be found here:

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,550

These are the fees for 2021/22 academic year and may be subject to change for 2022/23 academic year.

Financial support from the training provider

Please see ( for information on financial support available.

About the training provider


As one of the city’s most established providers – with almost 150 years training education professionals under our belts – we know teaching inside out.

In many ways, we think teachers are the original influencers. They inspire. They engage. They explain. And they have a lasting impact on the pupils they teach.

We’ve been educating teachers, practitioners and professionals since 1878. We’re proud of our history. We’re proud of our present. And we’re proud to be one of the largest teacher training establishments in the country. Each year, we welcome over 700 trainee teachers onto our PGCE courses. We have a partnership of over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations. We adopt leading research into our teaching through our Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI).


Sharing selfies is fun, but there is real joy in sharing knowledge. It’s finding new ways to explain complex theories to students and inspiring a love of learning. Discovering innovative global teaching methods. Using research to make a difference in the classroom.

You might debate how pupils learn when they live below the poverty line or explore the effect of the growth mind-set. You might research ways to include bilingual students in your lessons or global methods of teaching maths and how this could help your class.

Whichever subject you’re hoping to teach, we’ll help you to develop the practical skills you need to teach, to inspire and to engage your class.

Interview process

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

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.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

From study skills to dyslexia screenings - we’ve got it covered -

If you are a care leaver, estranged from your family, a carer, under 18 or pregnant, we have a dedicated Inclusion Service to help you through your studies -

Come and visit our Open or Visit Days and speak to a member of staff from Disability Service -

Or simply contact the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (

Contact this training provider

0161 247 6969
Brooks Building
Bonsall Street
Greater Manchester
M15 6GX

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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