Aspiring Teachers

Accelerate your ambition to teach with introductory input to skills vital to the profession, placement experience and support with application to PGCE.

Key Information
  • You can do this – whatever your degree discipline, get direction and support to convert to an amazing career in teaching
  • Relevant study – develop the skills needed to make an application for postgraduate study and to thrive in a PGCE
  • Boost your networks – get specialist access to PGCE admissions tutors and exposure to professionals working in schools
  • Apply your learning – through a week long placement in schools
  • Commitment – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the weeks beginning 25 and 1 June, and one full week beginning either 8, 15 or 22 June

Come along to our Aspiring drop-in session 12-1.45pm on Wednesday 18 March, Spanish Steps in the Brooks Building to find out more about this activity and get support from academic staff. Sign up now.

Detailed Information

Manchester Metropolitan is home to one of the largest and most successful teacher training programmes in the country. It makes significant positive contributions to the teaching workforce across the city-region, the North West and nationally. Our programmes are always interested to recruit talented students from our own undergraduate programmes and support them towards careers with impact on children and young people. This activity provides an opportunity for our students to gain early access and support towards a career in teaching – with specific advice on applying successfully to a PGCE.

In engaging with this activity, you will need to commit to engaging with:

  • A two week ‘introduction to teaching’ course, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays of the weeks beginning 25 May and 1 June
  • A one week placement in one of the subsequent three weeks (see below)
Group Information (Please Read Carefully)

During the application process, you will be asked if you have a preference in group allocation. This determines the sector you want to work in, and your preference of week for placement. If you are unsure which sector you wish to work in, then it is not recommended that you apply for this activity and instead select one of the other offers related to working with children and young people to gain more experience.

Primary Sector:

  • Group A: Placement 8 -12 June
  • Group B: Placement 15-19 June
  • Group C: Placement 22 – 26 June

Secondary Sector:

  • Group D: Placement 8 -12 June
  • Group E: Placement 15-19 June
  • Group F: Placement 22 – 26 June

Please note that placements are unlikely to be Key Stage or subject specific. They are designed to give you a general and diverse experience of the sector you intend to progress to. You will need to attend 8.30 to 3.30 every day during this week and maintain professional standards. We will try to allocate you to a school near to your home or to campus – however please be aware that the standard principle is that placements can involve up to 90 minutes travel from your home address.

Alternative students who are already gaining school experience can opt to apply for

  • Group G: In this group you will not be assigned a specific placement, and instead will draw on your own ongoing experience with schools. In order to elect in to this group, you will need to be able to accumulate the equivalent of two full time weeks in school (as the placement won’t be organised by us) and to complete the same observation tasks that students complete as part of the arranged placements. If you apply to this group, please describe the nature of your self-arranged experience in your expression of interest.
Additional Information

This activity is only open to students currently in their second year of study – or final year students as a non-credit-baring enrichment activity.

All students accepted to complete this activity will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check, fully funded by the University. 

In order to be eligible for this programme, you must meet the entry requirements of the University’s PGCE programmes, including GCSE C/4 in English Language, Mathematics and (for Primary Education) Science and a relevant undergraduate degree.

If you don’t hold a GCSE in Mathematics, you might consider the opportunity to gain an equivalency qualification through the Maths Accelerator Third Term activity. This equivalency test is currently recognised by the Secondary PGCE, but cannot be applied to a Primary PGCE at Manchester Met. A number of other providers will recognise this qualification, and we will signpost these through the programme.