Welcome to Manchester
Congratulations on becoming an offer-holder for a PGCE Secondary course at The University of Manchester.
PGCE academic staff Andy Howes, Robert Hindle, Narinder Mann and Sian Morgan discuss what makes our PGCE course unique, including our focus on equality, diversity and inclusivity, and how we will support you on the course.
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).
By choosing a PGCE with us, you'll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience.
Our trainees share their reasons for choosing teaching and how Manchester has empowered them to achieve their goal.
A career with variety
Harvey, a newly qualified teacher of Business Studies and Economics, reflects on his PGCE experience and first few months of teaching.
Gavin discusses his teaching career so far, which has taken him from inner city Manchester to Head of Languages at an international school in Dubai in just six years.
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
Student learning experience
We've worked hard to ensure you have a rich learning experience despite the pandemic.
We're determined to build on what we have learnt to offer so far and provide better teaching and learning opportunities for the benefit of our students in the coming months and years.
Details of teaching can be found below.
You'll spend two-thirds of your course on placement with schools or colleges.
Our partners have continued to welcome our students into their schools and colleges 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.
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.
Offer holder event
Watch a video of the PGCE Secondary offer holder event for our 2021 entry.
Support on your course
You will have a dedicated personal tutor at university and a mentor on each placement to support your professional development.
We pride ourselves on the strong and positive relationships students have with their personal tutors, and our relatively small cohort means it’s easy to get to know other students on your PGCE.
There are also a range of support services available to you at Manchester including wellbeing, study skills and financial support.
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
Inclusive curriculum building
Taylor, a PGCE student, discusses one of his course highlights, studying LGBT+ and BAME histories.
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.
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.