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School of Environment, Education and Development

Secondary school pupils
PGCE Secondary School Direct (English)
Gain Qualified Teacher Status and benefit from specific school selection and training in English

PGCE Secondary School Direct (English) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

The PGCE English course consists of a variety of learning experiences designed for those wishing to train as teachers. The majority of the course focuses on training in teaching and learning related skills. This is underpinned by the development of participants' knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments. The Secondary course prepares graduates to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies, GCSE, AS and A2 level. For the purposes of gaining Qualified Teacher Status, trainees focus on the 11-18 age range. Learning takes place through a number of school and university based elements. There will be extended periods of school experience which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary Schools.  A total of approximately 25 weeks during the PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of School.

Our School Direct routes involve joint selection of candidates by Schools and University tutors.  When choosing a School Direct route, applicants should identify the particular arrangement that the School Direct Lead School has made for delivery of School Direct with the University of Manchester as these will involve different patterns of training.  Applicants should also clarify the 'expectations' to employ by the Lead School. 

For full information on this course please visit the School of Environment, Education and Development's Manchester Institute of Education 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: