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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

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
PG Certificate in Education
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements

  • A 2:1 or above honours degree in a non-vocational subject. Vocational subjects may be considered in some circumstances. 
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, e.g., through postgraduate study.
  • Two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.
  • Applicants must have spent at least 5 days observing primary teaching following a UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview.

For further details about preferred subjects and the course in general, please see the  School of Environment, Education and Development website.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Course options

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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 .

Open days

Thinking about teaching? 

The University of Manchester is holding an open evening for anyone thinking about a career in teaching on Tuesday 3 October 2017, 4.30pm to 7pm. Come along to find out about our PGCEs - ten month courses that enable graduates to train to teach and gain Qualified Teacher Status.  Register

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

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.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Natalie Rawding
Telephone
0161 275 3617
Facsimile
0161 275 3528
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • A 2:1 or above honours degree in a non-vocational subject. Vocational subjects may be considered in some circumstances. 
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, e.g., through postgraduate study.
  • Two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.
  • Applicants must have spent at least 5 days observing primary teaching following a UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview.

For further details about preferred subjects and the course in general, please see the  School of Environment, Education and Development website.

English language

In addition to a grade of C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or

TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or

Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or

Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see  entry requirements from your country .

Relevant work experience

Candidates are expected to have completed 5 days observation experience in a primary school following a relevant UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview. This experience should normally have been completed within the last three years.  Proposed/actual dates and venue(s) for experience must be clearly stated in the work experience section of the UCAS application form.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

How your application is considered

Applicants who are shortlisted based on their application will be invited to attend an interview. 

Interview requirements

 

Applicants will be required to attend an interview arranged by the school.

As part of our entry criteria you are required to have at least five days recent classroom experience, in a Primary setting. If you are called to interview, your observations from your classroom experience will be used to inform a five minute presentation that you will prepare for your interview.

Whilst in school, gaining your classroom experience, we advise you to consider the following Presentation Briefing.

Presentation Briefing:

Reflecting on your recent experience in school and your own experience as a pupil, what do you consider makes an effective teacher? What skills and attributes does the effective teacher require? How will this inspire your future practice?

From your experience you may wish to consider:

  • The teacher's/teachers' organisational skills
  • What effective teaching and learning strategies did the teacher(s) use?
  • How did the teacher(s) meet the children's individual needs?
  • How did the teacher(s) ensure that their class was inclusive?
  • Behaviour management

Aptitude test requirement

Trainees must pass the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the course. Preference will be given to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview however we will interview those who have not yet passed their tests. Please refer to the Department for Education  for further advice about registering to take your skills tests.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.  Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.  You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry cannot normally be considered.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

Due to the nature of the PGCE course, applications for transfers cannot be considered.

Course details

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: dass@manchester.ac.uk