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PGCE Secondary Mathematics

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GTTR code
Degree awarded
10 months
Entry requirements

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a 2:2 honours degree or above in mathematics or a strongly mathematical subject such as engineering, physics or computer science. All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training Registry. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This course will train you to teach mathematics across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range. It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level. Completion of the 10 month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

The course combines master's level academic study of mathematics education with a range of practical experiences. Approximately two-thirds of your time will be spent in partnership schools and colleges developing practical teaching skills with the support of trained mathematics mentors who are experienced teachers. The University works with a large variety of schools, comprehensives, grammar schools, specials schools, pupil referral units and sixth form colleges, 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.

Mathematics is an exciting and creative subject and you will construct your own understandings through working collaboratively on engaging, challenging tasks and reflecting on your experiences.

What our students say:

Excellent tutors, very experienced and knowledgeable about all areas of teaching and education.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £15,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, we will grant you a £1000 tuition fee discount.

Institute of Mathematics scholarships of £25,000 are available for the 2016/17 academic year. They are for graduates with a 1st class or 2:1 degree, who are passionate about maths and have the potential to be inspirational teachers. Graduates with a degree gained outside of the UK should contact us. Selection is through an additional application and assessment process. If successful, you will not also be eligible for a bursary.

For September 2016, graduates with a 2:2 honours degree or above are eligible for a Department of Education bursary of £25,000. You will not be eligible for a bursary if you are awarded a scholarship. You do not need to apply for a bursary - if you are enrolled and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payment by instalments from October.

Home/EU students may be eligible for a repayable tuition fee loan. Home students in England may also be eligible for a repayable student maintenance loan. Amounts are dependent on your household income. Loans are provided by Student Finance England and repayments will start once you are earning over £21,000pa.

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant or a non-repayable special support grant. Amounts are dependent on household income.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
PGCE Admissions Administrator
0161 275 3617
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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