The Manchester Metropolitan University Primary (3-7) (X881)

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

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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

You will develop knowledge and understanding of teaching in different key stages across ages 3 -7 years.

You 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 will think critically about teaching methods. You will become more aware of the importance of resilience, professional relationships and creativity in the primary classroom. Mentoring will develop your teaching skills and ability to create effective and inspiring learning environments. Skills you will learn include how to effectively plan lessons, assess learning and manage children’s behaviour.

You’ll explore creative ways to teach across the curriculum, from subjects such as history and science to English and art. For example, you might use role play to bring history to life.

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

On campus, you will link research theory and practice, develop your subject knowledge and practise your teaching skills. In school, you will gradually take on the responsibility for teaching a class of children and become part of the school’s professional team.

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


You’ll be qualified to teach across primary education.

You’ll typically spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools, gaining experience in at least two different primary schools.

You can choose University-led or School-led routes to Qualified Teacher status (QTS)

When you graduate, you’ll achieve 60 masters level credits (this is one third of a masters degree, which you can usually put towards future studies).

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 age phases. 

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

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.

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 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,000

These are the fees for 2022/23 academic year and may be subject to change for 2023/24 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 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

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

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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