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

PGCE Primary / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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 (Grade 4 or above as of academic year 2016/17). 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.

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

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

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • You want to train to teach children aged five to 11 and gain Qualified Teacher Status
  • You are looking to apply could be eligible for a bursary of up to £3,000Extensive classroom experience - over half of the course is school-based learning
  • Leading HEI for Primary in the North and third in the country, second only to Cambridge on Quality Score Indicators

Open days

Thinking about teaching?

The University of Manchester's PGCE team will be at the  Train to Teach road show in Manchester on 4 March 2017. Attend and chat to tutors about our PGCE Primary and Secondary courses and school placements, plus ask any questions you have about course requirements.

The University of Manchester is also holding an open evening for anyone thinking about a career in teaching on Tuesday 14 March 2017, 6pm to 8pm. Come along to find out about our PGCEs - ten month courses that enable graduates to train to teach and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Twilight sessions: To find out more about our Primary PGCE programme and/or want ideas/support a personal statement, then come to our Twilight Sessions at the Ellen Wilkinson Building.

Primary PGCE Twilights

Tuesday 28th February 2017 (AG9)

Book a place by selecting the appropriate date for your interest here  

or email  or  or make further enquiries at 0161 275 3617

Taster sessions:  27th March 2017

These will take place at Plymouth Grove Primary School in Chorlton-on-Medlock and will run from 8am until 3.00pm. Register online  here.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
    International students (per annum): £17,000

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.


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 2017, graduates with a 1st honours degree or PhD 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 8468 OR 3617
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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