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This course will prepare you to become a teacher of business education across the 14 -19 age range. It combines master's level academic study of business education with a range of school and college experiences. Completion of the 10 month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

More than two-thirds of your time will be spent in our partnership schools and colleges, where you will develop practical teaching skills with the support of trained mentors and established teachers. You will have the opportunity to visit a range of educational establishments, in particular outstanding local sixth form colleges, to hone your skills and understanding of specific teaching theory and practice.

Collaborative learning and formative teaching will allow you to develop the knowledge and capabilities of students in your own classrooms in all aspects of business education, including business studies, economics, and accounting and key vocational business qualifications. You will be taught by a teaching team with a nationally recognised reputation for research, teaching and publications in business education.

For more details on interviews, please visit our PGCE website .


The University-based components of the course will enable you to reflect on teaching, learning and pedagogy, and encourages you to observe how children learn. Sessions will include:

  • business studies and economics subject knowledge and pedagogy;
  • current debates in business education;
  • planning lessons;
  • assessment for learning; differentiation;
  • managing pupil behaviour; and
  • keeping records and using data and ICT to support pupils' progress.

In addition, you will be able to observe and discuss a number of `best lessons' which are planned and delivered by experienced practitioners. You will be encouraged to make the transition from subject specialist to outstanding teacher.

Special features

  • Top university to study a PGCE in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
  • Rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
  • Extensive classroom experience supported by experienced business education tutors and mentors.
  • 92% of our graduates in a teaching post within six months of completing the course - consistently better than the North West average (The University of Manchester 2013-2016).

Additional course information


Your University tutors will provide excellent support for your academic work and personal needs, whilst school/college mentors will provide advice and guidance whilst you are on placement. The culture of team working and best practice sharing amongst students provides you with a support network available when you need it the most. Across the academic year, individual tutorials can be used to raise any personal and professional needs or concerns.

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 or colleges on placements. 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 a partnership between the University and its partner schools and colleges which are drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. Each placement school or college has a designated business education mentor who has been trained by the University.

The usual placement pattern is a main school experience, followed by a contrasting placement, before returning to the main school/college in the final weeks of the course. As a trainee in a placement school or college you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.

You will be given a significant amount of responsibility to develop your own teaching style, to set personal targets, to demonstrate initiative and to evaluate your work in planning, teaching and assessing. You will participate actively in your own professional development as a teacher through seminars, lectures, group discussion, practical workshops, reflection, trainee-led sessions, peer review and tutorials.

Coursework and assessment

School and University-based experiences are formally assessed and your school/college mentors and University tutors will help you to record your achievements and to set targets.

During each placement, a University tutor will observe your teaching and at the end of each placement you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will grade you in the following areas: teaching; planning, differentiation and assessment; learning environment; and wider professional responsibilities. The grades are awarded by your mentor in conjunction your University tutor. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a trainee teacher.

You are also required to complete a number of written assignments which allow you to gain 60 master's level credits. Modules include: Teaching, Learning and Assessment, a School/College-based Enquiry (with supporting literature review), and a Reflection of Professional Practice. On-going 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 can be found on the Department for Education website

Disability support

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

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




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