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PGCE Primary
Train to teach children aged 5 to 11 and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE Primary / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

GTTR code
X100
Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • A 2:1 or above honours degree in non-vocational subjects are preferred. Vocational subjects may be considered.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, e.g., through postgraduate study.
  • Two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.
  • Applicants must have spent at least 5 days observing primary teaching following a UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview .
  • References - references should support the suitability of the candidate for teaching.
  • A personal statement should make clear:
    • The candidate's commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching;
    • their rationale for applying to be a Primary teacher in their subject; 
    • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher;
    • relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role; 
    • a good standard of written English.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

102 / 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

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PGCE Y N N N

Course description

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Primary PGCE courses - The University of Manchester

This course will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11. It provides training in all primary stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on mathematics, English and science. Completion of this 10 month course 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 over 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.

What our students say:

A tough and challenging course but highly rewarding. All the staff and tutors are highly knowledgeable and supportive.

Open days

Please see our open day pages for up-to-date information about forthcoming open days, taster sessions and twilight sessions.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are 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.

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

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

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
PGCE Admissions Administrator
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 8468 OR 3617
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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