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PGCE Secondary School Direct (Spanish)
Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and benefit from specific school selection and training in Spanish.

PGCE Secondary School Direct (Spanish)

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • 2:2 honours degree or above. If you are not a native Spanish speaker, 50% or more of your degree content should have focused on Spanish. If you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your qualifications.
  • A-level (or equivalent) in French, German or Spanish.
  • You should also be able to speak a second language (French or German), beginners' level will suffice. Subject knowledge enhancement courses are available.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

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 Spanish teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Benefit from selection and training by a specific school in Greater Manchester.
  • Enjoy extended periods of career-boosting on-the-job experience.
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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 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
    International students (per annum): £18,500

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
PGCE Admissions Team
Telephone
0161 275 8468 OR 3617
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

  • 2:2 honours degree or above. If you are not a native Spanish speaker, 50% or more of your degree content should have focused on Spanish. If you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your qualifications.
  • A-level (or equivalent) in French, German or Spanish.
  • You should also be able to speak a second language (French or German), beginners' level will suffice. Subject knowledge enhancement courses are available.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

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.

Relevant work experience

We recommend that you spend at least five days observing primary teaching following a UK curriculum prior to attending an interview.

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 prejud 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

You must pass the Professional Skills Tests that all applicants to teacher training courses are required to sit prior to commencing your PGCE.

The Professional Skills Tests assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.

We will give preference to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview. However, we will interview those who have not yet passed their tests.

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 Secondary School Direct (Spanish) provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding Spanish teacher.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school before the PGCE starts and follow a modified version of the course. Throughout, you will focus on the 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19 age ranges in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), learning to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies surrounding GCSE, AS and A2-level study.

The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning-related skills. You will enjoy extended periods of school experience, which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary schools. In total, 25 weeks of your PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of school.

This practical training is underpinned by the development of your knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts, including current issues and developments.

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching.

School Direct allows schools to recruit and select their own trainees, with the expectation that they will go on to work within the school, or group of schools, in which they were trained (although there is no guarantee of employment).

School Direct follows a PGCE course structure but on a modified timetable including increased contact with the School Direct school.

The School Direct salaried route is an employment-based route and you will earn a salary whilst you train. Trainees who complete their course will be recommended for the qualification of PGCE School Direct and recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS).

Aims

You will:
  • gain quality teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges;
  • study current, challenging educational issues;
  • receive careers planning and early professional development guidance and support from experienced tutors and mentors;
  • receive opportunities for reflective practice and research.

Special features

  • Our PGCEs are rated `Outstanding' by Ofsted, and we have been judged 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.
  • Education has been a discipline of study at Manchester since 1890, and our qualifications are recognised across the globe.
  • 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

PGCEs are a route to train to teach and recommendation for qualified teaching status (QTS) for those who already have an undergraduate degree.

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 an MA in Educational Leadership (part-time) should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a master's in the future.

For more information, see  Careers and employability