Taught course

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

You must have obtained (or be 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

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

Depending on your chosen age phase specialism, you will develop knowledge and understanding of teaching in different key stages across ages 3 -7 or 5-11 years.

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

When you're at Manchester Met, you will think critically about teaching methods. You will become more aware of the importance of resilience, professional relationships and creativity in the primary classroom. Mentoring will develop your teaching skills and ability to create effective and inspiring learning environments. Skills you will learn include how to effectively plan lessons, assess learning and manage children’s behaviour.

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

We have science laboratories on campus, where you'll have practical sessions with our science tutors so that you can develop the knowledge you’ll need to teach your class.

On campus, you will link research theory and practice, develop your subject knowledge and practise your teaching skills. In school, you will gradually take on the responsibility for teaching a class of children and become part of the school's professional team.

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

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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