PGCE Primary / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
This course will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11. It provides training in all primary stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on mathematics, English and science. Completion of this 10 month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).
The course combines master's level academic study of primary education with a range of practical experiences. A significant amount of your time will be spent in partnership schools developing practical teaching skills with the support of trained mentors and experienced teachers. This course is run in partnership with over 200 local primary schools which allows us to personalise your school experience to your individual needs.
Your practical training will be underpinned by education theories, ideas and concepts, and by enhancing your awareness of current educational issues and developments.
What our students say:
A tough and challenging course but highly rewarding. All the staff and tutors are highly knowledgeable and supportive.
- An understanding of the nature of teacher professionalism.
- The knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to strive for excellence in teaching.
- An attitude towards learning that promotes high expectations and values diversity andrespect for all social and cultural backgrounds.
- The ability to reflect upon evidence in order to inform both your practical actions and principles and values in educational settings.
Professional studies are a central component of the course, covering topics such as: pupil assessment; lesson planning; managing pupil behaviour; the role of the reflective practitioner; and making primary education inclusive for all.
You will spend a significant amount of time studying each of the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. You will also spend time studying: religious education; PE; history; geography; art; music; and design and technology. We use the expertise of experienced teachers from our partnership schools to complement the teaching of University-based sessions.
What our students say:
The subject-specific sessions were excellent, particularly maths, science and humanities.
- Top university to study a Primary PGCE in the North of England - and fourth highest nationally (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
- Rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
- Extensive classroom experience supported by experienced tutors and mentors.
- 94% of our graduates in a teaching post within six months of completing the course - consistently better than the North West average (The University of Manchester 2013-2016)
Additional course information
Your University tutors, who are all highly experienced Primary practitioners, will provide excellent support for your academic work and your personal development. School mentors will provide advice and guidance whilst you are on placement. The culture of team working and best practice sharing amongst students will provide you with a support network available when you need it the most.
Teaching and learning
The course is run in partnership with over 200 local primary schools and you will spend over 50% of your time in primary schools on placements. When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced primary teacher. You will also have a mentor to help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment and improve your teaching skills. Our partnership schools are located across Greater Manchester, including Bolton, Trafford, Tameside, Manchester, Bury, Stockport, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham, and also north Cheshire and south Lancashire.In University-based sessions, a wide range of teaching methods are used, including seminars, group discussion, practical workshops, lectures and presentations. You will be an active participant and driver in your own professional development.
Coursework and assessment
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.
Our Oxford Road campus is home to The University of Manchester Library and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. The University's library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK. Studying with us will open up a wealth of learning resources to you, including over four million printed books, more than 500,000 ebooks and access to over 40,000 electronic journals and hundreds of online databases.
The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers you a stimulating 24/7 environment for study. It is the UK's first digital library and home to the most up-to-date IT facilities, a range of versatile learning spaces and a relaxing cafe area for breaks or meeting friends.