PGCE Secondary Economics and Business Education / Careers

Year of entry: 2021

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Career opportunities

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This PGCE gives you a large amount of first-hand classroom experience which is probably the best way to set you up for your full-time role once qualified.

The course has allowed me to make a smooth transition from trainee to qualified. As a cohort, we developed a strong bond with one another that has continued beyond the course. We have been able to support and learn from one another over the year.

Harvey Williams / PGCE Graduate and teacher of Economics and Business Studies
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 .

Careers support

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .