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Course content

Course overview

  • Become an outstanding secondary school Chemistry teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Study courses rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
  • Enjoy extensive periods of classroom experience supported by outstanding tutors and mentors.

Fees

Fees for entry in have not been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2018 were as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250 
  • International students (per annum): £18,000

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

For general fees information, please visit postgraduate fees

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 .

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).

Relevant work experience

We recommend that you spend at least two days observing secondary school or sixth form teaching prior to attending an interview.

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 (maximum 500 words) 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 suggesting suitability for the role, and a good standard of written English.

Interview requirements

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an interview. All universities interview candidates for PGCE courses.

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

  • identity and qualification checks - please bring with you photographic ID (such as your passport or driving licence), 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 teacher from a partnership school;
  • Secondary PGCE applicants will be asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.

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. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.

We will give preference to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview. However, we will interview those who have not yet passed their tests.

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.

On our secondary PGCEs, around two-thirds of your time will be spent in secondary schools, academies and colleges on placements.

When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced teacher. You will also have a mentor to help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment, and improve your teaching skills.

Peer observations of lessons will enable you to participate actively in your own and your fellow students' development as teachers. You will be provided with a significant amount of responsibility to develop your own teaching style, set targets, take your own initiatives and evaluate your own work in planning, teaching and assessing.

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

We will support your training to become a secondary school teacher by providing:

  • a quality teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges;
  • a study of current, challenging educational issues;
  • careers planning and early professional development;
  • guidance and support from experienced tutors and mentors;
  • opportunities for reflective practice and research.

Coursework and assessment

Your school and University experiences are formally assessed. Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets.

During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will grade you in the following areas:  

  • teaching;
  • planning;
  • differentiation and assessment;
  • learning environment;
  • wider professional responsibilities.

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 Secondary Chemistry page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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