About the course
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the primary curriculum.
You will gain experience in teaching across the various Key Stages so that you are confident in teaching any year group.
You will have taught sessions at University (around 12 weeks over the year) and spend at least 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 will 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, a mystery or suitcase of evidence 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 the classroom, from school assemblies to playground duties to speaking with parents.
Part of the process of applying to study a PGCE course with us is for you to join us at Brooks building for an interview where we can get to know you better and you can demonstrate the skills you have that will make you a great teacher. When you are offered an interview, we will send you a detailed information pack containing everything you need to know in order to prepare effectively for your interview, but here is what you can expect.
When you arrive at the Brooks building, our Admissions Tutor will welcome you and you will be split into small groups.
You will be asked to share a two-minute presentation that you have prepared in advance, and you will discuss the topics covered afterwards.
Following this, you’ll have your individual interview, starting with your three-minute presentation.
You will then have an opportunity to tour the Brooks building and see where you will be studying.
How school placements work
We try to organise a range of school experiences for you across your two core placements. This helps you to develop your practical teaching skills and explore the types of schools you could work in when you graduate.
We have partnerships with primary and secondary schools across the North West region. As a trainee teacher, you’ll be expected to travel up to 90 minutes to your placement school.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
These are the course fees for 2018/19, may be subject to change for 2019/20
2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent).
GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language, Mathematics and Science . Applicants can apply without Science GCSE as we offer a GCSE Science equivalency test.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult Numeracy/Literacy, Functional Skills/Key Skills
All PGCE applicants must pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. Check Department of Education website at (www.education.gov.uk/ get-into-teaching) for the latest updates.
If you are due to graduate or have graduated in the last three years, your principal referee must be a university lecturer.
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 DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Subject to a satisfactory declaration in relation to the Childcare Disqualification Regulation Act 2009
About the training provider
At Manchester Met, you won’t just develop the practical and organisational skills you’ll need to teach a subject in the classroom. You’ll explore how children learn and factors that can affect the way we learn, from our environment to our teachers.
You will look at the latest educational research, identifying how research might help you in the classroom, perhaps when you’re dealing with children’s behaviour or you’re investigating if there’s a new way to teach a topic.
We offer University-led and School-led routes into teaching both Primary and Secondary education.
Both routes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 60 masters level credits (a full-time masters degree typically consists of 180 credits, and you can usually put your 60 credits towards your masters).
We work with over 500 primary schools and over 400 secondary schools across the North West region. This means you could experience placements in inner city or rural settings, mixed or single gender, faith schools, selective or comprehensive schools. This variety helps you to experience different situations and develop your practical skills as a teacher in different settings.
You can also choose from over 20 secondary subject specialisms. Maybe you’re excited to share your love of Shakespeare or perhaps you can’t wait to hear your year 7 class share their first words in Mandarin. Or, you’re already thinking of all of the incredible science experiments you’ll show your class.
You will learn in a diverse community of students, replicating the environment you will experience in schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
A member of staff from Disability Service is often available at MMU Open days and Visit Days to offer advice on disability related issues. However, you can always phone or email us if you have any specific queries.
Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to providing equal opportunities in education for all students and will take reasonable steps to meet both the general need for access and the specific needs of individuals with additional support needs. The University works with disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability.
Before accepting a place, disabled applicants should explore how the university might be able to meet any additional study support or accommodation needs they may have. This should be done at the earliest opportunity by contacting the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Faculty of Education (Manchester)
Birley Fields, Hulme, Manchester
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