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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 / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

PGCE Primary School Direct provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding primary school teacher.

The course leads directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with your progress audited against QTS Standards designed to ensure you graduate fully prepared to teach children aged 5-11 in the primary phase. The course offers a particular focus on Mathematics, English and Science, with high-quality support provided by University-based tutors and trained school-based tutors.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school. Indeed, more than 50% of the course is based in partnership schools. During your professional placements, you will be assessed continually and receive high-quality feedback. Your subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science will be audited regularly, and you will submit assignments that relate to the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT.

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.

PGCE Primary School Direct is highly regarded by local head teachers and the rate of employment of trainees from the course is consistently high. Indeed at the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.

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 can be found on the  Department for Education website .

Course collaborators

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: