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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.  

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

Course description

This course is in partnership with over 200 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 .

Open days

PGCE staff will be at the Train to Teach event in Manchester on Saturday 7th February 2015.  Please see the Get into Teaching website for full details and to register your attendance.

The University of Manchester is holding an open evening for anyone thinking about a career in teaching on Thursday 5 th March 2015, 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. Find out more


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £14,500

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.


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
+44 (0)161 275 3617
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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