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Fact file

GTTR code
X100
Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of 2:1 honours degree from a UK university, or a qualification recognised as equivalent.

Applicants holding a 2:2 honours degree may be considered, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, and must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, for example through further postgraduate study.

All selected candidates must have attained a standard in English, mathematics and science which is equivalent to the standard required to achieve a grade C in GCSE examination. GCSE Science equivalency tests will be considered in cases where an applicant has not previously had the opportunity to sit the Science GCSE.  The Science equivalency test result must be in place prior to the start of the course.  Equivalency tests for English and Mathematics will not be accepted.

All selected candidates will have equivalent to two A levels at grade C or above in preferred subjects.  

For further details about preferred subjects and the course in general, please see the School of Environment, Education and Development website.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
163 / 1500
How to apply

To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

This course is in partnership with over 100 local primary schools. It is rated highly by local schools, students and Ofsted. It provides training in all National Curriculum subjects with a particular focus on Mathematics, English and Science. High quality support is provided by University based tutors and trained school based tutors. Over 50% of the programme is based in Partnership Schools. It leads directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  Trainees audit their progress against the QTS Standards. They are assessed continually during professional placements in school and receive high quality feedback. Subject knowledge in English, mathematics and science is audited regularly. In addition assignments are submitted which relate to the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. The programme prepares participants to teach children aged 5-11 in the primary phase. The Primary PGCE course is highly regarded by local headteachers and the rate of employment of trainees from the course is consistently high.

For further information please visit the School of Environment, Education and Development website .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £14,000

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

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please see the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website for further information about bursaries.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Natalie Rawding
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 3617
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Email
Website
www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/

Academic department overview

See: The School.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants should hold a minimum of 2:1 honours degree from a UK university, or a qualification recognised as equivalent.

Applicants holding a 2:2 honours degree may be considered, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, and must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, for example through further postgraduate study.

All selected candidates must have attained a standard in English, mathematics and science which is equivalent to the standard required to achieve a grade C in GCSE examination. GCSE Science equivalency tests will be considered in cases where an applicant has not previously had the opportunity to sit the Science GCSE.  The Science equivalency test result must be in place prior to the start of the course.  Equivalency tests for English and Mathematics will not be accepted.

All selected candidates will have equivalent to two A levels at grade C or above in preferred subjects.  

For further details about preferred subjects and the course in general, please see the School of Environment, Education and Development website.

English language

Students whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and no other component below 5.5; or Pearson Test of English with a score of 66 with 66 in writing and no other component below 51.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

Relevant work experience

Candidates are expected to have completed 5 days observation experience in a primary school following a relevant UK orientated curriculum prior to completing the GTTR application. This experience should normally have been completed within the last three years.

How to apply

To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Advice to applicants

This programme attracts a large number of applicants for a very limited number of places.  The School considers a range of factors in the UCAS application other than the entry requirements.

How your application is considered

Applicants who are shortlisted based on their application will be invited to attend an interview day.

Interview requirements

Applicants must have spent at least 5 days observing primary teaching following a UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants holding qualifications from outside of the UK should apply to UK NARIC for a comparability statement to confirm the equivalence of their qualifications.  This should be completed prior to application where possible.  Successful applicants will be required to present officially translated copies of their qualification certificates.

Aptitude test requirement

PGCE students must pass the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the course.  Preference will be given 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.  Please refer to the Department for Education for further advice about registering to take your skills 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.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry cannot be considered, apart from exceptional circumstances, for example, when an applicant is abroad during the preceding interview period.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

Due to the nature of the PGCE course, applications for transfers cannot be considered.

Course description

This course is in partnership with over 100 local primary schools. It is rated highly by local schools, students and Ofsted. It provides training in all National Curriculum subjects with a particular focus on Mathematics, English and Science. High quality support is provided by University based tutors and trained school based tutors. Over 50% of the programme is based in Partnership Schools. It leads directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  Trainees audit their progress against the QTS Standards. They are assessed continually during professional placements in school and receive high quality feedback. Subject knowledge in English, mathematics and science is audited regularly. In addition assignments are submitted which relate to the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. The programme prepares participants to teach children aged 5-11 in the primary phase. The Primary PGCE course is highly regarded by local headteachers and the rate of employment of trainees from the course is consistently high.

For further information please visit the School of Environment, Education and Development website .

Scholarships and bursaries

Please see the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website for further information about bursaries.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk