Taught course

PGCE Secondary English with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

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. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to English. 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. We will consider any of the following:- Typically English or Linguistics degrees. Joint degree in the following (but English must form at least 50% of the degree): English and Media or Drama or Journalism, but only if they have real strengths in other areas such as teaching/ school experience etc. A small number of places may be available to candidates with real strengths who have degrees in the following areas:- creative writing, linguistics, American literature. (Please note: We will not consider degrees that are solely Journalism, Law or Psychology). You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application. 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. 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. We are committed to providing high quality university and school-led training and have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges in the North West region and offer a wide range of secondary subject disciplines.

Our PGCE English has a well established regional and national reputation for training high quality teachers of English which is reflected in the excellent record of trainees securing sought-after posts. English is a core secondary school subject with a wide-ranging syllabus, including English Language and Literature, and supporting studies, such as Media Education and Drama. You will learn how to deliver the National Curriculum and GCSE requirements and within the principles of inclusive education, you will develop an understanding of children's reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This course is available via University and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

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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