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PGCE Primary
Train to teach children aged 5 to 11 and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE Primary

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

GTTR code
X100
Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • A 2:1 or above honours degree in non-vocational subjects are preferred. Vocational subjects may be considered.
  • 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 .

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

102 / 1500

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

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCE Y N N N

Course description

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Primary PGCE courses - The University of Manchester

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.

Open days

Please see our open day pages for up-to-date information about forthcoming open days, taster sessions and twilight sessions.

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
PGCE Admissions Administrator
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 8468 OR 3617
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 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 non-vocational subjects are preferred. Vocational subjects may be considered.
  • 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 .

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.

Other entry requirements

Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but who have 4 years postgraduate employment/voluntary work, may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

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.

Advice to applicants

This programme attracts a large number of applicants for a very limited number of places.  The School considers a range of factors in the UCAS application other than the entry requirements.

How your application is considered

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

Interview Dates

  • 09/11/2017
  • 16/11/2017
  • 29/11/2017
  • 13/12/2017
  • 20/12/2017
  • 11/01/2018
  • 23/01/2018
  • 14/02/2018
  • 27/02/2018
  • 08/03/2018
  • 21/03/2018
  • 12/04/2018
  • 25/04/2018
  • 10/05/2018
  • 16/05/2018
  • 24/05/2018
  • 31/05/2018
  • 06/06/2018
  • 21/06/2018
  • 28/06/2018
  • 03/07/2018
  • 19/07/2018
  • 25/07/2018

Interview requirements

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

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants holding qualifications from outside of the UK should apply to UK NARIC for a comparability statement to confirm the equivalence of their qualifications.  This should be completed prior to application where possible.  Successful applicants will be required to present officially translated copies of their qualification certificates.

Aptitude test requirement

PGCE students 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 be considered, apart from exceptional circumstances, for example, when an applicant is abroad during the preceding interview period.

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

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Primary PGCE courses - The University of Manchester

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.

Aims

The course will provide the range of experiences necessary to support and guide you as you develop into an excellent primary teacher with:
  • 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.

Special features

  • 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

Support

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 structure of our Primary PGCE includes both school-based and University-based learning. You will also need to undertake self-directed study in the evenings and weekends, such as background reading, creating lesson plans and completing written assignments.

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

You will be assessed during your school placements and you will receive high quality feedback to enhance your development. Your subject knowledge in English, mathematics and science will be audited regularly and you will also complete assignments relating to the teaching of English, mathematics, science and information and communication technology (ICT). The written assignments will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 master's level credits and guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from your University tutors.

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.

Facilities

Your University-based learning will take place at The University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus, adjacent to Manchester's city centre. The campus is easily accessible by road or by an extensive network of public transport including trains, trams and buses.

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.

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

Careers

Career opportunities

On completion of your PGCE and being granted qualified teaching status (QTS), you will work for a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). We keep in touch with our former students and continue to support them throughout their NQT year.

A Primary PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally.  You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high. 94% of The University of Manchester's Primary PGCEs 2013 graduates were in a teaching post within six months of completing the course, which is higher than the sector average.

Qualified teachers undertake continuous professional development throughout their career, both to maintain the latest subject knowledge and teaching techniques, and if desired, to facilitate progression into leadership and management positions. A PGCE qualification counts as 60 of the 180 credits required for a master's degree and The University of Manchester offers a part-time MA in Educational Leadership should you wish to continue your professional development with a master's in the future.