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PGCE Primary

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GTTR code
Degree awarded
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 non-vocational 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. Equivalency tests are accepted.  Applicants should also possess GCSE grade C in at least 3 other preferred subjects.

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

List of Preferred Subjects

This list is at all levels of academic qualifications: GCSE, A level and first degree

English (including: Language, Literature, Linguistics, Combined)

Maths (including: Pure, Applied, Statistics)

Science (including: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Applied Physics)


History (including: Archaeology)



P.E. (not Sport)


Geography (including: Geology, Environmental Studies)

Classics  (including: Classical Civilization)


Art (including: Fine Art, Graphic Art, Graphic Design, Textiles, History of Art)

R.E. (including: Religious Studies, Divinity, Theology, Ethics)

Economics (including: Finance)

Business Studies

Politics (including: Government and Politics)

I.C.T.(including: Computing)

Technology  (including: Food Technology, Design Technology)

Architecture (including: History of Architecture)

All Languages: Ancient and Modern (excludes fictional languages)

Other subjects of a non-vocational nature will be considered

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

Course description

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. Over 50% 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.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £15,500

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.


If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, we will grant you a £1000 tuition fee discount.

For September 2016, graduates with a 2:1 honours degree or above are eligible for a Department of Education bursary of £3,000. You do not need to apply for a bursary - if you are enrolled and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payment by instalments from October. Graduates with a degree gained outside of the UK should contact us.

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. Amounts are dependent on your household income. Loans are provided by Student Finance England and repayments will start once you are earning over £21,000 per year.

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant or a non-repayable special support grant to help towards living costs. Amounts are dependent on household income.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
PGCE Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 3617
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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