Primary Education with QTS (School Direct) (PGCE)

Manchester Metropolitan University

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The award
PGCE

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Primary Education with QTS (School Direct) at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry

2017

Length

1 year  (September to June)

Tuition Fees

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: £14,400 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

Optional Estimate: £400

How are these costs calculated?

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.

Placement Costs

How are these costs calculated?

The University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with the trainees term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. Trainees are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. train and bus. 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 will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. If you are applying through the School Direct route, the lead school will take responsibility for arranging all practice credit units including placement experiences. You should expect some travel to other schools e.g. for your second placement. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

Professional Costs

Compulsory Estimate: £0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs/

How are these costs calculated?

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: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs /You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

Location

Manchester and Cheshire Campuses

Department

Department of Primary Teacher 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).

University-led ('Core') route

Trainees typically spend around 12 weeks in university during the year, including a block at the start of the course, combined with at least 120 days of school-based training, in at least two different schools.  Manchester Met organises placements.

School-led ('School Direct') route

Trainees are attached to a lead school within an alliance of schools - Manchester Met works in partnership with 18 school alliances across the North West region.  Depending on the term times of the school(s) involved they will typically spend around 30 weeks in school and around four weeks in university for taught sessions.  Placements are organised by the lead school.

On both routes trainees will experience school-based training in at least two different schools, and have the opportunity to undertake an inclusion placement with a focus on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The School-led also includes a visit to a Key Stage 3 setting.  Throughout the PGCE trainees are supported by a personal tutor, experienced teaching staff and mentors in university and at school.

Candidates can apply for both School Direct and University PGCE routes; both have the same entry requirements.  Successful completion of either route includes 60 Masters level credits.

Early Years route (Manchester only)

This route mirrors the PGCE Primary Education programme, with an Early Years focus.  Completing this course will enable practitioners to teach in both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. 

Applications for PGCE routes starting in September 2017 should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training which is expected to open in late October this year.  Early application is recommended as places are limited.  Please check our entry requirements before applying.

Assessment Only Route to QTS in Primary sector

Experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status may be eligible for this route.  It will suit those who have taught in at least two schools or colleges, and who have substantial experience in two consecutive age ranges. It is not sufficient for candidates only to have experience of two schools.

 

Tuition Fees

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: £14,400 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).

Placement options

Manchester Met organises placements for trainees 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 our trainees a broad range of placement opportunities.

We organise placements starting with the trainee's term-time postcode and matching this with placement offers from schools.  Trainees are expected to travel up to 90 minutes each way from where they 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. 

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

In their first placement trainees 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.

They 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.  

Trainees are required to pass both periods of school-based training.

School Direct trainees will undertake teaching practice at their lead school and other schools within the alliance.  Placements are organised by the lead school.

All trainees are supported in various ways whilst on placement:

  • Every trainee has a personal tutor - this is the tutor who knows the trainee best at university and will usually teach them for some aspects of their studies.  Personal tutors write trainee references for employment. For School-led routes the school writes a reference.
  • Every trainee is allocated a visiting tutor whilst on placement.  This tutor supports the school when assessing the trainee's progress and do do this observes each trainee teaching.
  • Every trainee has a school mentor, this may be their class teacher or someone in the school who oversees placements
  • Often there are multiple trainees on placement in each school, providing an inbuilt support network

Career options after the course

Successful completion of this PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status to teach the UK primary curriculum.  We place a strong focus on employability and our trainees are well regarded within the primary teaching community.

99.5% of our PGCE Primary Education leavers* were in work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2014/15. * Of those who responded to the DLHE survey and were available for work.

Trainees are supported in securing their first teaching appointment.  Talks are provided, sometimes by Headteachers, on procedures, letters of application and conditions of service; trainees are advised of school vacancies, and Local Authority publications are available for reference.

After graduation we continue to provide support and advice to our NQTs and many choose to return to us for continuing professional development or postgraduate study to Masters or Doctorate level.  Within our ITE Partnership we work closely with schools to support professional development and research.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Typical 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) at the point of application. 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. 

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.  The Faculty of Education offer support sessions to help applicants prepare for tests, but tests must be booked externally, further details at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests

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

There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

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