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Course content

Course overview

  • Become an outstanding Business Education teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Benefit from selection and training by a specific school in Greater Manchester.
  • Enjoy extended periods of career-boosting on-the-job experience.

Open days

We hold regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

We also attend the Department for Education's Train to Teach roadshows in Manchester and its surrounding region.

For more information, see  Open days

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.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

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

Alternatively, you could earn a  salary while you train

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 of 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

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.

When choosing a School Direct route, you should identify the particular arrangement that the School Direct lead school has made for delivery of School Direct with The University of Manchester, as this will determine your pattern of training.

You should also clarify the 'expectations' to employ by the lead school - while schools can offer you a permanent role at the end of the training, there is no guarantee of employment.

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.

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.

How your application is considered

The University and the lead school will review your application jointly.

The lead school will advise you if you are invited for interview. If successful at interview, a formal offer would then be made by the University.

Candidates being made an offer for School Direct salaried routes will also receive a contract from the lead school.

Interview requirements

You will be required to attend an interview arranged by the school.

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.

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 School Direct: Business Education (14-19) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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