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Manchester Institute of Education

What is a PGCE?

All teachers working in a state-maintained or special school in England and Wales require Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

If you have an undergraduate degree or are working towards one, a PGCE course can train you to teach and gain QTS.

We offer ten-month PGCE courses that train students to be teachers in either a primary or secondary school setting.

When you complete your PGCE, you will work for one year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) before becoming a fully qualified teacher. You'll then continue to refresh your subject knowledge and teaching techniques through continuous professional development (CPD). 

Why choose The University of Manchester?

By choosing a PGCE at The University of Manchester, you can benefit from:

  • established links with more than 200 partner schools, academies and colleges
  • postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university
  • potential employment in one of our partner schools
  • significant school-based teaching experience.

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 rated us as the best university provider of primary initial teacher training in the North of England. We were also rated top in the North West for secondary initial teacher training.

Our PGCEs are taught by experts in education who are active in education-related research. Teachers from our partnership schools assist in course planning and delivery.  They also ensure that training is responsive to changes in the National Curriculum.

Secondary subjects are taught by specialist tutors with substantial teaching experience.  Your tutors are in touch with current educational practice and often contribute to research, policy and curriculum developments.

What does a PGCE at The University of Manchester involve?

The structure of our PGCE courses includes both school-based and University-based learning.  

  • PGCE Primary students spend more than 50% of their time in primary school placements.
  • PGCE Secondary students spend two-thirds of their time in schools, academies and colleges.

Our partnership schools will give you the opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge you have acquired from sessions at the University. The remaining time is spent at the University, in lectures, seminars, and group work.

Self-directed study in the evenings and weekends is an important aspect of the course.  You will be expected to:

  • complete background reading
  • complete written assignments
  • create lesson plans.