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Manchester Institute of Education

PGCE Primary

The PGCE Primary course at Manchester is a full-time, one-year programme that will prepare you to teach in the 5-to-11 year age range.

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Primary
  • recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • up to 60 master's-level credits towards further study.


What to expect

We will support your training to become a primary school teacher by providing:

  • an understanding of teacher professionalism
  • evidence to inform your practical actions, principles and values in educational settings
  • teaching that values diversity and respect for all backgrounds
  • the required knowledge, understanding and practical skills.


Our PGCE courses include both school-based and University-based learning. 

As a trainee, you'll spend a significant amount of time in our local partner schools. The main professional placements are:

  • eight weeks in the autumn term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2
  • eleven weeks in the summer term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2
  • two-week enquiry placement in either key stage
  • two-week placement in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • one-week placement in Key Stage 3.

Ofsted 'Outstanding'

Our PGCE Primary has been judged by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding' in all areas of provision. Key strengths of the programme included in the report include:

  • "The pervasive collegiality and ‘can-do’ ethos which bring out trainees’ enthusiasm, their willingness to work hard, their wish to improve and to reflect on their own performance honestly and realistically."
  • "The high quality and challenge of the training, most especially in mathematics and science." 
  • "The highly effective provision to develop trainees’ subject knowledge alongside their knowledge of how to teach it."
  • "The wide range of school-based experiences and the tailored use of practitioners and expertise from within the partnership to plan and deliver training."
  • "The regular auditing of trainees’ progress and their views, with a timely response to identified needs so that trainees benefit quickly from improvements and amendments."

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