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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    10 months

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    13 December 2018

Course content

Course overview

  • Become an outstanding primary school teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Study at the top university for Primary PGCE in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
  • Enjoy extensive periods of classroom experience supported by outstanding tutors and mentors.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Scholarships/sponsorships

There are three types of funding available for teacher training:

  • tax-free bursary or scholarship;
  • tuition fee loan and maintenance loan;
  • extra financial support if you're a parent, or have an adult dependant or a disability.

Depending on your circumstances you could receive all three. Find out more at the Department for Education website .

In addition, a £1,000 fee reduction is available to University of Manchester graduates who achieved a first-class honours degree. Those applying will need to apply within three years of receiving their degree. You do not need to apply separately; you will be automatically considered on the basis of your application for the course.

Entry requirements

English language

In addition to a grade C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

Application and selection

How to apply

UCAS Teacher Training

Advice to applicants

You must apply through UCAS Teacher Training

Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

You must submit the following with your completed application form:

  • two written references that support your suitability for teaching;
  • a personal statement detailing your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching, your rationale for applying to be a teacher in your subject, an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher, relevant experience and a good standard of English.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon after applications open as you are able to. Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.

Interview requirements

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an interview.

The interview process takes place over a half day, and includes the following:

  • identity and qualification checks - please bring with you photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications;
  • an introductory talk from University lecturers;
  • a personal interview with one of our tutors and a representative from our school partnership;
  • Primary PGCE applicants will be asked to deliver a short presentation.

Aptitude test requirement

You must pass the Professional Skills Tests that all applicants to teacher training courses are required to sit prior to commencing your PGCE.

The Professional Skills Tests assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education. 

Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service, who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.

You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Teaching and learning

The structure of our PGCEs includes both school-based and university-based learning.

The course is run in partnership with more than 200 local primary schools located across Greater Manchester, including Bolton, Trafford, Tameside, Manchester, Bury, Stockport, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham, and also north Cheshire and south Lancashire.

You will spend more than 50% of your time on placement, with the main professional placements being:

  • 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.

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.

Your remaining time will be spent at the University, for example in lectures and seminars.

As a guide, you should anticipate that time in university-based learning combined with school-based placements will roughly equate to the time commitment of a full-time job, with additional time required in evenings and weekends for background reading, lesson planning and completing written assignments.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed during your school placements and you will receive high-quality feedback to enhance your development.

Your subject knowledge in English, mathematics and science will be audited regularly through taught course sessions, and you will also complete four master's-level assignments during the year.

The written assignments will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 master's-level credits, and guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from your University tutors.

Career opportunities

PGCEs are a route to train to teach and recommendation for qualified teaching status (QTS) for those who already have an undergraduate degree.


Visit the PGCE Primary page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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