Manchester Metropolitan University

Primary Education

Manchester Metropolitan University has a national reputation for initial teacher education which has been established over 100 years. Our Department of Primary Teacher Education has a team of over 40 primary teaching staff who between them have expertise in all primary curriculum subjects, enabling us to offer a wide range of specialisms. The majority of teaching staff are actively involved in research, linked to our Education and Social Research Institute, one of the leading UK centres for educational research. We have an Initial Teacher Education Partnership with over 500 primary schools and strong community links across the North West region, ensuring we can offer our trainees a diverse range of placement experiences.

Our aim is to train confident teachers and reflective practitioners who will have strong prospects for employment and career progression. Trainees have access to Manchester Met's dedicated Careers and Employability Service and within the PGCE programme are supported in securing their first teaching appointment.

After graduation we continue to provide support and advice to our Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), including online resources, conferences and peer networking.

Our full-time PGCE Primary Education provides intensive training leading to Qualified Teacher Status ('QTS') for early years establishments and primary schools in the 3-7, 7-11 or 5-11 age range.

School-based training is combined with taught sessions at university and independent study. Applicants can choose our University-led ('Core') PGCE training route, or one of our School-led ('School Direct') routes, both of which lead to QTS. We work in partnership with 18 school alliances in the North West of England to offer School Direct places (salaried and non-salaried).

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a 2:2 honours degree (or international equivalent), and five GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics and Science, at grade C or above (Grade B desirable for the three mandatory subjects).

Please note applicants must have English and Mathematics at the point of application, however, we will consider applicants with their GCSE Science result pending. Please note that we may also be able to offer the MMU Science Equivalency test to applicants who do not have GCSE Science, but this will be at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor after interview.

Evidence of substantial (at least three weeks) experience in a UK primary school within the last two years required, completed prior to application.

If you are due to graduate or have graduated within the last three years your principal referee must be a University lecturer. An additional reference will also be required from the school in which you undertook your placement. Failure to provide the above will result in your application being made unsuccessful.

Applicants currently domiciled outside the UK may apply pending appropriate UK school experience on the condition they also possess substantial school experience outside the UK. This must be made explicit in the personal statement.

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Course modules

Core Curriculum Studies; English, Mathematics, Computing and Science. M level

This unit is designed to enable you to demonstrate relevant, up-to-date knowledge and skills and the ability to critically reflect upon teaching and learning in the Core Curriculum subjects

Foundation Subject Studies

This unit is designed to enable you to have knowledge, skills and ability to reflect upon the teaching and learning of Foundation Subjects in Primary and Early Years settings.

School Based Training- Whole Curriculum Focus

There are two SBT units which are designed to enable the trainee to become proficient in teaching across the whole curriculum attaining the Teachers' Standards, to demonstrate subject pedagogy and to develop as reflective practitioners. The units run throughout the programme and enable students to gain experience in a range of schools and age phases.

Teaching Studies Unit; becoming and being a professional teacher. M level

This unit is designed to enable you to have knowledge, skills and ability to reflect upon the application of the primary curriculum and the needs of children. The unit considers the impact that school environments, national initiatives and statutory requirements have upon your teaching, childrens' achievements and development.

Assessment methods

For each assessed placement there is a 'grading criteria' based upon the Qualified Teacher Standards. All assessments are recorded in a document so that trainees can see their progress both during and between placements. The grading criteria uses the full set of Standards so that progress can be monitored by each individual trainee, their personal tutor, their visiting tutor and their school mentor.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

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