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School of Environment, Education and Development

Male teacher in a primary classroom
PGCE Primary School Direct 5-11
Gain Qualified Teacher Status and benefit from specific school selection and training in primary education.

PGCE Primary School Direct 5-11 / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

School Direct is an Initial Teacher Training  route with an increased amount of school based and school led training than our traditional PGCE course. Our trainees are recruited and selected by the lead school and its school partners (alliance), based upon The University of Manchester requirements and recruitment processes. Our School Direct route is ran in partnership with over 100 local primary schools. It is rated highly by local schools, students and Ofsted.

The course provides training in all National Curriculum subjects with a particular focus on Mathematics, English and Science. High quality support is provided by University based tutors and trained school based tutors. Over 50% of the programme is based in Partnership Schools. It leads directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  Trainees audit their progress against the QTS Standards. They are assessed continually during professional placements in school and receive high quality feedback. Subject knowledge in English, mathematics and science is audited regularly. In addition assignments are submitted which relate to the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. The programme prepares participants to teach children aged 5-11 in the primary phase. The Primary PGCE course is highly regarded by local head teachers and the rate of employment of trainees from the course is consistently high.

For further information please visit the School of Environment, Education and Development website .

Scholarships and bursaries


Home/EU students may be eligible for a repayable tuition fee loan. Home students in England may also be eligible for a repayable student maintenance loan. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available here

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship .

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 will be available on this page shortly.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: