Welcome to Manchester
Congratulations on becoming an offer-holder for a PGCE Primary course at The University of Manchester.
Liz Birchinall and Rebecca Phillips, the Programme Directors, talk about how we will support you with your university work and your school placement.
We have links with more than 200 schools, academies and colleges.
We’re one of the top ten Education departments in the UK (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
Changing lives, shaping futures
Find out why we are the best university provider of initial teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
Our trainees share their reasons for choosing teaching and how Manchester has empowered them to achieve their goal.
Abigail Langton graduated from PGCE Primary in 2019.
She is now a primary teacher at Varna Community School.
Here, Abigail reflects on how far she’s come in her first year of teaching.
Learning and support
Funding your studies
Find out more about the funding available from the UK government to fund your teacher training on the Department for Education Get into Teaching website.
Providing a high-quality education
We've worked hard to ensure you have a rich learning experience despite the pandemic.
Looking ahead to 2021 entry and beyond, it's our hope that the impact of the pandemic on our lives will have significantly lessened.
We're determined to build on what we have learnt to offer yet better teaching and learning opportunities for the benefit of our students in the coming months and years.
We’re committed to an on-campus experience as part of our blended, flexible learning model.
We aim to offer teaching activities on campus when we can safely and practically deliver them, alongside high-quality online teaching and learning.
Details of teaching can be found below.
You will spend more than half of your time on placement, including eight weeks in the autumn term and eleven weeks in the summer term as well as three shorter placements.
Our partners have continued to welcome our students into their schools throughout the last year and train them effectively.
Sometimes this has involved teaching pupils in the classroom and sometimes remotely using online learning technology.
Lectures are usually delivered to your whole cohort in person, on campus, and supported by seminars, group work, and online activities to consolidate your learning.
Currently, all lectures are delivered online, usually live but occasionally pre-recorded, with supporting activities delivered online through our online learning environment.
Seminars are smaller group sessions led by a member of staff, which give you the opportunity to discuss topics covered in your lectures in depth.
Currently, seminars are online, and you can contribute to discussions through your computer audio or by using comment or chat functions.
Support on your course
We pride ourselves on the strong and positive relationships students have with their personal tutors.
Our relatively small cohort means it’s easy to get to know other students and staff on your PGCE.
Your fellow trainees will be a huge source of support throughout your training, and you can also make friends through our many student societies and activities.
There is a range of support available to you at Manchester including wellbeing, study skills and financial support.
Training during the pandemic
Katherine discusses how the PGCE team supported her to overcome the challenges of the last year.
Olivia talks about how much she valued the bonds she formed with other trainees on the course.
PGCE at Manchester
Climate crisis in the classroom
Manchester hosted an event supporting teachers to develop educational responses to the climate crisis.
Your student experience
Chat to our students
International student support
Travel and visa information
Guidance around international travel is rapidly changing.
Wherever you’re coming from, we’re working hard to support you to travel to Manchester to begin your studies.
Our Welcome website will help you stay up to date with the latest travel and visa information.
Starting university as an international student
Catalina, a postgraduate student from Colombia, shares her experience of preparing to study in the UK.
You probably have concerns about the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on your application and what the next academic year will look like.
The University aims to answer your questions as best we can at this time. We have compiled a set of Frequently Asked Questions to help.
If you have any further questions, you can contact our admissions team using the email shown in the box above.