Taught course

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a 2:2 honours degree (or international equivalent), and GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C /4 or above. Please note that applicants can apply with GCSE's pending and that we would consider applicants who do not have a Science GCSE as we can offer a GCSE Science Equivalency test.

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy or Key Skills as equivalents to GCSEs. Human Biology and Human Physiology are not accepted as a Science subject.

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

Experience in Educational Settings

Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a primary school setting.

Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory health check are also required

Months of entry


Course content

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

You’ll gain experience in teaching across the various Key Stages so that you are confident in teaching any year group.

You’ll have taught sessions at University (around 12 weeks over the year) and 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, use role play, to bring history to life.

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

You won’t simply learn theory with us on campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools and gradually become the class teacher.

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

If you choose to take the Early Years option as part of your PGCE course, you’ll cover topics such as early reading and maths through workshops and seminars. At this stage you’ll explore the role of play and outdoor learning, which is key to early years education. You’ll be able to put these specialist skills to practice during your placement, as you will have the opportunity spend some time in an early years setting during the year.

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
  • Further details of 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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