PGCE Primary with QTS

How do children react to different teaching methods? Does learning outside of the classroom affect children’s knowledge? Can education research influence the way you teach six-year-olds?

Attend an open day How to apply
Attend a course fair How to apply


Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the primary curriculum.

You’ll gain experience in teaching across the various Key Stages so that you are confident in teaching any year group.

You’ll have taught sessions at University (around 12 weeks over the year) and spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll learn teaching methods and organisational skills, and how to apply your knowledge in the classroom. Some of the skills you’ll learn include how to plan lessons and how to manage children’s behaviour.

You’ll explore creative ways to teach across the core curriculum, from subjects such as history and science to English and art. You might, for example, use role play, to bring history to life.

We also have science laboratories on campus, where you’ll have taught sessions with our science tutors so that you can develop the knowledge you’ll need to teach your class.

You won’t simply learn theory with us on campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools and gradually become the class teacher.

On your placements, you’ll get involved with everything in school, from assemblies to playground duties to speaking with parents.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Most of our graduates go on to work as teachers in primary schools.

When you graduate, this PGCE awards you 60 masters’ level credits. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a 2:2 honours degree (or international equivalent), and GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C /4 or above. Please note that applicants can apply with GCSEs pending and that we would consider applicants who do not have a Science GCSE as we can offer a GCSE Science Equivalency test.

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy or Key Skills as equivalents to GCSEs. Human Biology and Human Physiology are not accepted as a Science subject.

If you are due to graduate or have graduated within the last three years your principal referee must be a University lecturer. 

Experience in Educational Settings

Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a primary school setting. 

Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory health check are also required.


Candidates will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

Candidates will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

Course details

On the University-led PGCE route, you’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in up to three schools, mainly across Greater Manchester.

In University, you will explore key aspects of primary teaching including managing behaviour, planning and assessing learning. You’ll also consider creative approaches to teaching such as bringing historical characters to life, the benefits of learning outside the classroom, practical science experiments and investigations, and how theory supports classroom practice.

Some of the topics you’ll explore include theories of learning, behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, safeguarding, teaching bi-lingual children, SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) and non-verbal communication (such as body language).

You’ll also develop your research skills during these lectures, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion) you can explore research and use it to guide your teaching.

During your first couple of weeks, you’ll explore curriculum pedagogies, professional responsibilities and expectations. You’ll work in small co-operative groups and also independently to update your subject knowledge and gain confidence before your teaching experience.

We’ll also give you a full overview of the year to help you to stay organised throughout the course.

You’ll go on your first block placement in late September, where you’ll gradually put the skills you’ve learnt at University into practice and build your confidence in the classroom. After a period of induction, you’ll be supported by a class mentor and progressively take on the responsibility of whole class teaching. This will include planning, teaching and evaluating your lessons, assessing the children’s progress, and contributing to other aspects of a typically busy school life.

When you’re on placement, your class mentor (the class teacher) will support, guide and coach you. You will also receive support from your personal tutor at university and a school visiting tutor.

Early Years Option

If you choose to take the Early Years option as part of your PGCE course, you’ll cover topics such as early reading and maths through workshops and seminars. At this stage you’ll explore the role of play and outdoor learning, which is key to early years education. You’ll be able to put these specialist skills into practice during your two placements in the EYFS (Early Years and Foundation Stage) and Key Stage 1.


Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Professional Development and Employability

This unit supports you in making choices that will enable supported yet challenging professional development both within the programme context and for progression on into their NQT year.

Reflective Teaching and Pedagogy

The unit will focus strongly on developing skills of reflection, analysis and evaluation to enable you to adapt practice as the context and children require.

Teaching Experience A

This unit is your first School-based Training experience. By the end of the placement you will be expected to plan, teach and assess specific areas of the curriculum, including core and some foundation subjects.  

Teaching Experience B

This unit is your final School-based Training experience. By the end of the placement you will be expected to plan, teach and assess all areas of the curriculum. The placement will start with day visits to a school and culminate in a block placement.

Curriculum Studies

This unit is an exploration of the primary school curriculum, through a holistic, thematic approach where subjects and pedagogies are explored together to evaluate the impact on the learner.

Practice Based Research

The research unit offers you a choice to explore and develop a specialist area of study within the field of primary school education.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

Placement options

Manchester Met organises placements for you on our University-led ('core') PGCE route through our extensive Initial Teacher Education Partnership. Our Partnership vision is to train 'outstanding, critically-literate professional teachers who will challenge and inspire their learners'. 

The schools we work with share our commitment to aspiration and excellence, with a focus on strong mentor training and support for trainees. There is also an emphasis on national priorities, including behaviour management, literacy and numeracy.

Our partner schools cover a wide geographical area and diversity of social, economic and cultural backgrounds, ranging across inner city, suburban and rural settings, enabling us to offer you a broad range of placement opportunities.

We organise placements starting with your term-time postcode and matching this with placement offers from schools. You'll be expected to travel up to 90 minutes each way from where you live and to arrive in school 45 minutes before the school day commences. We take into consideration special circumstances such as disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. 

You'll spend at least 120 days on contrasting placements in two schools related to the two age phases of your particular route through the course, with time spent in each key stage/phase. You'll be attached to each school for a substantial period of time and expected to engage in the full life of the school.

In your first placement you'll gain experience across the full age range of the school and teach in one class for an extended period, taking increased responsibility for that class.

You'll then begin to teach a range of curriculum areas, as well as gaining an understanding of cross-curricular themes.

The second placement focuses on the whole curriculum and extended management of the classroom in order to meet the requirements for the Teachers' Standards. 

You'll be required to pass both periods of school-based training.

School of Teacher Education and Professional Development

Our School of Teacher Education and Professional Development was established over 100 years ago and specialises in training teachers and education professionals.

The department is home to three main areas in primary and secondary teacher education and professional development, and has partnerships with over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff


UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Professional Costs

0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details -

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: /You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

Find out more

Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

Learn more

Want to know more?

How to apply

Applications for University and School Direct PGCE routes should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training, for 2020 entry which is expected to open late October this year. Places are limited so early application is advisable. Please check our entry requirements first.

International students please see


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Manchester Metropolitan University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. More information on the role of the OfS and its regulatory framework can be found at

All higher education providers registered with the OfS must have a student protection plan in place. The student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. Access our current Student Protection Plan.