PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

GTTR code
G1X1
Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree or above in mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics).
  • Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of mathematics in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have either an A level in mathematics at grade B or above, or a grade C and you can demonstrate sustained academic progression or relevant professional experience since A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

UCAS Teacher Training

Please note, if you meet our minimum entry requirements but due to the high demand for the programme we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available.  

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

  • Become an outstanding secondary school Mathematics teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Study courses rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted (Ofsted Report, 2019).
  • Enjoy extensive periods of classroom experience supported by outstanding tutors and mentors.

Open days

We hold regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

We also attend the Department for Education's Train to Teach roadshows in Manchester and its surrounding region.

For more information, see  Open days

Fees

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

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 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.

For general fees information, please visit postgraduate fees

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

There are three types of Government funding available for teacher training:

  • tax-free bursary or scholarship;
  • tuition fee loan and maintenance loan;
  • extra financial support if you're a parent, or have an adult dependant or a disability.

Depending on your circumstances you could receive all three. Find out more at the Department for Education website .

You can find out more about the scholarships and bursaries we have available on our funding page .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree or above in mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics).
  • Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of mathematics in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have either an A level in mathematics at grade B or above, or a grade C and you can demonstrate sustained academic progression or relevant professional experience since A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

English language

In addition to a grade C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years.

Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

We recommend that you spend at least two days observing secondary school or sixth form teaching prior to attending an interview.

Professional entry qualification

Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but who have four years of relevant postgraduate employment or voluntary work, may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

Application and selection

How to apply

UCAS Teacher Training

Please note, if you meet our minimum entry requirements but due to the high demand for the programme we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available.  

Advice to applicants

You must apply through UCAS Teacher Training

Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

You must submit the following with your completed application form:

  • two written references that support your suitability for teaching;
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching, your rationale for applying to be a teacher in your subject, an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher, relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role, and a good standard of written English.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon after applications open as you are able to. Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.

Please note, if you meet our minimum entry requirements but due to the high demand for the programme we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available.  

Interview requirements

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an interview. All universities interview candidates for PGCE courses.

The interview process takes place over a half day, and includes the following:

  • identity and qualification checks - please bring with you photographic ID (such as your passport or driving licence), proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications;
  • an introductory talk from University lecturers;
  • a personal interview with one of our tutors and a teacher from a partnership school;
  • Secondary PGCE applicants will be asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.

Aptitude test requirement

The Government is replacing the professional skills tests with a new system of provider-led assurance in relation to trainees' fundamental knowledge in English and Mathematics. Under this new approach you will not be required to pass professional skills tests prior to commencing your PGCE, but you will need to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge by the end of the programme.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education. 

Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service, who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education. 

You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

PGCE Secondary (Mathematics) 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 leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).

University-based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching methods, education theories, ideas and concepts, and will enhance your awareness of current educational issues and developments.

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.

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.

Aims

You will:

  • spend approximately two-thirds of your time in schools and colleges developing your practical teaching skills;
  • be assigned a mentor, who will help you plan lessons and develop marking and assessment skills;
  • observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Special features

  • Our PGCEs are rated `Outstanding' by Ofsted (2019), and we have been judged best university provider of initial teacher training in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
  • We have links with more than 200 schools, academies and colleges, and you will benefit from significant school-based teaching experience.
  • Our leading experts in education have trained more than 5,000 teachers in the last 15 years.
  • Our students come from all over the globe, and are from a variety of backgrounds - from recent graduates to mature learners.
  • Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as `world-leading' or `internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Teaching and learning

The structure of our PGCEs includes both school-based and university-based learning.

On our secondary PGCEs, around two-thirds of your time will be spent in secondary schools, academies and colleges on placements.

The course is run in partnership with schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan.

The University's partnership schools are highly committed to giving you the best possible experience whilst you are on your school placements, giving you the opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge you have acquired from sessions held at the University.

When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced teacher. You will also have a mentor to help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment, and improve your teaching skills.

Peer observations of lessons will enable you to participate actively in your own and your fellow students' development as teachers. You will be provided with a significant amount of responsibility to develop your own teaching style, set targets, take your own initiatives and evaluate your own work in planning, teaching and assessing.

Your remaining time will be spent at the University, for example in lectures and seminars, and in subject-specific groups.

We will support your training to become a secondary school teacher by providing:

  • a quality teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges;
  • a study of current, challenging educational issues;
  • careers planning and early professional development;
  • guidance and support from experienced tutors and mentors;
  • opportunities for reflective practice and research.

As a guide, you should anticipate that time in university-based learning combined with school-based placements will roughly equate to the time commitment of a full-time job, with additional time required in evenings and weekends for background reading, lesson planning and completing written assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Your school and University experiences are formally assessed. Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets.

During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will grade you in the following areas:  

  • teaching;
  • planning;
  • differentiation and assessment;
  • learning environment;
  • wider professional responsibilities.

The grades are awarded by your mentor in conjunction with your University tutor. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher.

The written assignments will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 master's-level credits, and guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from your University tutors.

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), which has its own Undergraduate Hub. Here you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff. It is also a place to relax with fellow students.

MIE is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Completing a PGCE is one route to becoming a fully qualified teacher. This form of teacher training is recommended for anyone with an undergraduate degree who is looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You need QTS to teach in a state-maintained or special school in England and Wales. Whilst other routes to gain QTS exist, they do not all come with the postgraduate qualification of a PGCE. A PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally.

When you study a PGCE with us, we help you prepare for a successful career in education. You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high.

In addition to this, a PGCE qualification can count as 60 of the 180 credits required for a Master's degree, and The University of Manchester offers a range of postgraduate Education courses should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a Master's as you progress further in your career.

For more information, see Careers and employability .