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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    10 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    17 January 2018

Course content

PGCE Primary will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11.

This ten-month course provides training in all primary-stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on mathematics, English and science. It leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

The course combines master's-level academic study of primary education with a range of practical experiences. A significant amount of your time will be spent in partnership schools developing practical teaching skills with the support of trained mentors and experienced teachers. This course is run in partnership with more than 200 local primary schools which allows us to personalise your school experience to your individual needs.

Your practical training will be underpinned by education theories, ideas and concepts, and by enhancing your awareness of current educational issues and developments.


The course will provide the range of experiences necessary to support and guide you as you develop into an excellent primary teacher with:

  • an understanding of the nature of teacher professionalism
  • the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to strive for excellence in teaching
  • an attitude towards learning that promotes high expectations, and values diversity and respect for all social and cultural backgrounds.
  • the ability to reflect upon evidence in order to inform both your practical actions and principles and values in educational settings.

Professional studies are a central component of the course, covering topics such as:

  • pupil assessment
  • lesson planning
  • managing pupil behaviour
  • the role of the reflective practitioner
  • making primary education inclusive for all.

You will spend a significant amount of time studying each of the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. You will also spend time studying religious education, PE, history, geography, art, music, and design and technology. We use the expertise of experienced teachers from our partnership schools to complement the teaching of University-based sessions.

Additional course information

Your University tutors, who are all highly experienced Primary practitioners, will provide excellent support for your academic work and your personal development. School mentors will provide advice and guidance whilst you are on placement. The culture of team working and best practice sharing amongst students will provide you with a support network available when you need it the most.

Teaching and learning

The structure of our Primary PGCE includes both school-based and University-based learning. You will also need to undertake self-directed study in the evenings and weekends, such as background reading, creating lesson plans and completing written assignments.

The course is run in partnership with more than 200 local primary schools and you will spend more than 50% of your time in primary schools on placements. 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.

Our partnership schools are located across Greater Manchester, including Bolton, Trafford, Tameside, Manchester, Bury, Stockport, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham, and also north Cheshire and south Lancashire.

In University-based sessions, a wide range of teaching methods are used, including seminars, group discussion, practical workshops, lectures and presentations. You will be an active participant and driver in your own professional development.

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 and you will also complete assignments relating to the teaching of English, mathematics, science and information and communication technology (ICT). 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.

Scholarships and bursaries

Home/EU students may be eligible for a repayable tuition fee loan. Home students in England may also be eligible for a repayable student maintenance loan. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available here . 

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship .

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 will be available on this page shortly.


Your University-based learning will take place at The University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus, adjacent to Manchester's city centre. The campus is easily accessible by road or by an extensive network of public transport including trains, trams and buses.

Our Oxford Road campus is home to The University of Manchester Library and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. The University's library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK. Studying with us will open up a wealth of learning resources to you, including over four million printed books, more than 500,000 ebooks and access to over 40,000 electronic journals and hundreds of online databases.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers you a stimulating 24/7 environment for study. It is the UK's first digital library and home to the most up-to-date IT facilities, a range of versatile learning spaces and a relaxing cafe area for breaks or meeting friends.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

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




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