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PGCE Teacher Training

Our one year full time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters level credits.

Teach a range of subjects in the 3 to 11 age range

Primary Teacher Education

Our Primary Education (5 to 11) course is available at Manchester or Cheshire. An Early Years (3 to 5) route is available at Manchester only.

To apply you will need:

  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree
  • Five GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above
  • Evidence of at least three weeks experience in a UK primary school within the last two years

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You can choose from the following courses:

For more information on training as a Primary teacher visit the Department of Primary Teacher Education

Teach a specific subject in the 11 to 18 age range

Secondary Teacher Education

We offer over 20 specialisms available at Manchester with a choice of University, School-led or Assessment only routes to QTS.

To apply you will need:

  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree* with at least 50% relevant content to the subject you wish to teach
  • GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above

*For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

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You can choose from the following courses:

For more information on training as a Secondary teacher visit the Department of Secondary Teacher Education

Watch a day in the life of a PGCE trainee:

Video of a Manchester Met PGCE trainee

Student Profiles

Meet some of our current PGCE students and alumni

Neil Cooke

"As this has been a career change for me I want to become a geography teacher and eventually progress up the teaching ladder."

Neil CookePGCE Secondary Geography

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Hannah Aldred

"This was an incredibly rewarding experience that has developed my teaching and behaviour management."

Hannah AldredPGCE Primary Education

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How to apply

Applications for University-led and School Direct PGCE routes should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training. Applications for September 2017 open on 18 October 2016. 

Entry requirements are the same for University-led and School Direct routes. In Apply 1 stage applicants can choose up to 3 providers, which can include our University-led route and a School Direct route.

Applicants for PGCE courses must pass professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before enrolling.

Watch our video explaining the application process:

Video explaining how to apply for a PGCeE at Manchester Met

Experience in educational settings

Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Did you know?

You can register for the School Experience Programme, organised by the Department for Education (DfE), or arrange school experience independently.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Funded courses may be available for those who hold a PGCE Secondary place offer conditional upon topping up subject knowledge. The main focus is national priority subjects including Mathematics, Physics with Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computing with ICT, Design and Technology and Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin).

Training bursaries

To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach national shortage subjects. Find out more at the Department for Education.

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Have a question?

Contact us on +44 (0)161 247 6969 or via our course enquiry form (we aim to respond within three working days).