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PGCE Secondary Business with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

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Entry requirements


You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Business. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE Equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills.

Experience in educational settings

Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary 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.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.


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

Months of entry


Course content

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

At the start of the course, you’ll complete a subject knowledge audit. We’ll find out the topics you know well and those you’d like to learn more about, to make sure your skills are up-to-date. You will continue to monitor and develop your subject knowledge throughout the course.

You’ll explore topics such as operations management, business ethics, economics, enterprise, and leadership theories. You’ll also look at teaching methods you might use in the classroom, such as using technology to develop pupils’ financial data analysis skills.

On this course, you’ll study with your PGCE Business group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and develop your understanding of pedagogy to help you to improve student learning in your teaching.

You’ll also have guest lectures with examiners from a number of exam boards, to help you learn more about how they mark exams and what they’re looking for in pupils’ work.

You won’t only learn ways to teach your class how to write a marketing plan or how to explain Handy’s model of organisational culture though, you’ll teach in schools too.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school/college placements and will teach the curriculum for Key Stage 4 and 5 in business-related subjects and the Key Stage 3 curriculum in another subject area. At least one of your placements will include a Post-16 teaching experience. Throughout your placements, you’ll gradually increase your involvement to become an expert practitioner.

This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.

Fees and funding

For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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