About the course
PGCE Primary will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11.
This ten-month course provides training in all primary-stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on mathematics, English and science. It leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS), as well as up to 60 master's-level credits towards further study.
The course combines master's-level academic study of primary education with a range of practical experiences. A significant amount of your time will be spent in partnership schools developing practical teaching skills with the support of trained mentors and experienced teachers. This course is run in partnership with more than 200 local primary schools which allows us to personalise your school experience to your individual needs. Your practical training will be underpinned by education theories, ideas and concepts, and by enhancing your awareness of current educational issues and developments.
How school placements work
The course is run in partnership with more than 200 local primary schools and you will spend more than 50% of your time in primary schools on placements. When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced primary teacher. You will also have a mentor to help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment and improve your teaching skills.
Our partnership schools are located across Greater Manchester, including Bolton, Trafford, Tameside, Manchester, Bury, Stockport, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham, and also north Cheshire and south Lancashire. 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.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- A 2:1 or above honours degree in non-vocational subjects are preferred. Vocational subjects may be considered.
- Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment (eg through postgraduate study).
- Two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects.
- Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.
About the training provider
The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.
Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 94% of our trainees find employment at the end of the course.
By choosing a PGCE with us, you'll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience. We are:
- Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
- Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Disabled students make up over 15% of University of Manchester students, and we’re proud to offer an accessible and inclusive service.
The Disability Advisory and Support Service (sometimes called the DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether students, staff or supporters. We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.
For more information please follow this link: http://www.dso.manchester.ac.uk/
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