PGCE Primary School Direct 5-11

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • Bachelor's degree (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent).
  • Two A-levels in non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).
  • GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science, plus at least three other non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

UCAS Teacher Training

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCE Y N N N

Course overview

  • Become an outstanding primary school teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and receive up to 60 (out of 180) master's credits.
  • Receive high-quality training delivered by our alliance of primary school partners.
  • Benefit from bespoke support and placements within the School Direct alliance, giving you the best start to your teaching career.
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PGCE at The University of Manchester

Open days

We hold regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

We also attend the Department for Education's Train to Teach roadshows in Manchester and its surrounding region.

For more information, see  Open days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
    International students (per annum): £19,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 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.

For general fees information, please visit postgraduate fees

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

There are three types of Government funding available for teacher training:

  • tax-free bursary or scholarship;
  • tuition fee loan and maintenance loan;
  • extra financial support if you're a parent, or have an adult dependant or a disability.

Depending on your circumstances you could receive all three. Find out more at the Department for Education website .

You can find out more about the scholarships and bursaries we have available on our funding page .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Telephone
0161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent).
  • Two A-levels in non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).
  • GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science, plus at least three other non-vocational subjects (minimum grade C).

English language

In addition to a grade of C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years.

Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Applicants with a 2:2 Bachelor's degree may be considered if able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment (eg through non-vocational postgraduate study) or at least four years of employment or voluntary work, either before or after graduating from their first degree.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.

When choosing a School Direct route, you should identify the particular arrangement that the School Direct lead school has made for delivery of School Direct with The University of Manchester, as this will determine your pattern of training.

You should also clarify the 'expectations' to employ by the lead school - while schools can offer you a permanent role at the end of the training, there is no guarantee of employment.

You must apply through UCAS Teacher Training

Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

You must submit the following with your completed application form:

  • two written references that support your suitability for teaching;
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching, your rationale for applying to be a teacher in your subject, an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher, relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role, and a good standard of written English.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon after applications open as you are able to. Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.

How your application is considered

The University and the lead school will review your application jointly.

The lead school will advise you if you are invited for interview. If successful at interview, a formal offer would then be made by the University.

Candidates being made an offer for School Direct salaried routes will also receive a contract from the lead school.

Interview requirements

You will be required to attend an interview arranged by the school.

Aptitude test requirement

The Government is replacing the professional skills tests with a new system of provider-led assurance in relation to trainees' fundamental knowledge in English and Mathematics. Under this new approach you will not be required to pass professional skills tests prior to commencing your PGCE, but you will need to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge by the end of the programme.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.

Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service, who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.

You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

PGCE Primary School Direct provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding primary school teacher.

The course leads directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with your progress audited against QTS Standards designed to ensure you graduate fully prepared to teach children aged 5-11 in the primary phase. The course offers high-quality training across the National Curriculum subjects, with support provided by University-based tutors and trained school-based tutors.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school. School Direct partners will deliver training on agreed National Curriculum subjects and aspects of professional studies. This content will be planned, organised and delivered by each School Direct alliance.

School Direct alliances will also arrange your main teaching placements and most of the minor placements across the PGCE year. You will receive support and advice from a nominated School Direct representative during your two main teaching placements. The University will maintain a quality assurance and training role during your time on the course.

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester, many of whom are longstanding partners with us, to offer the School Direct route into teaching.

School Direct allows schools to recruit and select their own trainees, using the University's PGCE recruitment criteria and systems. Applicants apply directly to the nominated lead school and interviews will be arranged directly with the candidates.

Many trainees gain employment in our School Direct partner schools, although this is not guaranteed nor should it be an expectation of candidates.

School Direct follows a PGCE course structure but on a modified timetable including the school-based learning content, known as alliance-led days.

Special features

  • Our PGCEs are rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted (Ofsted Report, 2019) and we have been highlighted as the best university provider of initial teacher training in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
  • We have links with more than 200 schools, academies and colleges, and you will benefit from significant school-based teaching experience.
  • Our leading experts in education have trained more than 5,000 teachers in the last 15 years.
  • Our students come from all over the globe, and are from a variety of backgrounds - from recent graduates to mature learners.
  • Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course collaborators

View our current School Direct training partners .

At the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), which has its own Undergraduate Hub. Here you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff. It is also a place to relax with fellow students.

MIE is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Completing a PGCE is one route to becoming a fully qualified teacher. This form of teacher training is recommended for anyone with an undergraduate degree who is looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You need QTS to teach in a state-maintained or special school in England and Wales. Whilst other routes to gain QTS exist, they do not all come with the postgraduate qualification of a PGCE. A PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally.

When you study a PGCE with us, we help you prepare for a successful career in education. You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high.

In addition to this, a PGCE qualification can count as 60 of the 180 credits required for a Master's degree, and The University of Manchester offers a range of postgraduate Education courses should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a Master's as you progress further in your career.

For more information, see Careers and employability .