Taught course

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

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Entry requirements

You must have obtained (or working towards) a 2:2 honours degree (or international equivalent).

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English language, mathematics and science. Please note that you can apply with GCSEs pending. Equivalency tests in English, mathematics and science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education and Professional Development will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education programmes, at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

As per government requirements for teacher training courses, we are not able to accept key skills, adult numeracy and literacy or functional skills as an alternative to GCSE English language and mathematics. We are not able to accept human biology, physiology, environmental or agricultural science as an alternative to GCSE science qualification. We are not able to consider Level 3 qualifications (eg A-levels, BTECs) as an alternative to GCSE English language, mathematics and science.

To apply for teacher training the personal statement plays an important role in the admissions process. Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a primary school setting. You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

If you are due to graduate or have graduated within the last three years your principal referee must be a university lecturer.

You will be expected to attend an online or face to face interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and satisfactory health check are also required. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course.


Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS 7.0 with no component below 6.0, taken within two years of course start date. Further details can be found on www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Months of entry


Course content

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the primary curriculum.

You will gain experience in teaching across the various key stages so that you are confident in teaching any year group. You can choose to focus on the early years and key stage one, or key stage one and key stage two (although you will be qualified to teach all three age phases).

You will have taught sessions at University (around 10 weeks over the year) and will normally spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll learn teaching methods and organisational skills, and how to apply your knowledge in the classroom. Some of the skills you’ll learn include how to plan lessons and how to manage children’s behaviour.

You’ll explore creative ways to teach across the core curriculum, from subjects such as history and science to English and art. You might, for example, explore how to use drama and role-play to bring history to life.

We also have science laboratories on campus, where you will have taught sessions with our science tutors so that you can develop the knowledge and confidence you’ll need to teach your class.

You will not only learn teaching methods with us on campus though, you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner. You will, with support and mentoring, progress to teaching a 70-80% timetable in your final school experience.

On your placements, you will get involved with everything in school, from assemblies to playground duties to speaking with parents.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit website.

Fees and funding

For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Qualified teacher status attached to university award. Units within the PGCE will be at Masters level, thus enabling students to exit with 60 credits towards a Masters degree.

Course contact details

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