Taught course

PGCE Secondary Business with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Degree. Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject such as Business, Business Management, Marketing, Economics, Accounting, ICT Operations management, Banking, Law, Sports Management and Event Management. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to 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. GCSEs: You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application. Experience in educational settings: Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy: All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website for the latest updates. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Months of entry


Course content

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

The main focus of this PGCE is business studies, but there will also be opportunities to teach other business related subjects, such as economics. As well as preparing trainees for teaching in secondary schools, the course also provides the opportunity to experience teaching in Post 16 environments, either in a sixth form or further education establishment. Much of the knowledge, understanding and skills you will gain are transferable to teaching ICT as a second subject at Key Stage 3.

An emphasis is placed on the use of a virtual learning environment (VLE) to access lecture materials and extension work as well as an online community.

A minimum of 120 days school-based practice training is combined with university-based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

This course is available via University led and Assessment-Only routes.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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