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Manchester Institute of Education

PGCE Secondary

The Secondary PGCE course at Manchester is a full-time, one-year programme that will prepare you to teach in the 11-to-19 year age range.

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Secondary
  • recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • up to 60 master's-level credits towards further study.

Courses

What to expect

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.

Secondary subjects are taught by specialist tutors with substantial teaching experience.  Your tutors are in touch with current educational practice and often contribute to research, policy and curriculum developments.

Placements

As a trainee teacher you'll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study.

We maintain close contact with our partnership establishments at every stage of the programme. These include:

  • 11-18 and 11-16 comprehensive and independent schools
  • city academies
  • further education colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • specialist schools (e.g technology colleges, arts colleges).

Ofsted 'Outstanding'

Our PGCE Secondary course has been judged by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding' which "results in high outcomes for trainees, high levels of employment, often within the partnership, and high levels of satisfaction of newly-qualified teachers and employing headteachers."

Key strengths of the course included in the report include:

  • "The University tutors respond quickly if there are areas for concern with trainees." (Business Studies and Economics)
  • "There is excellent liaison between the subject leader and the mentors in school." (Design and Technology)
  • "This is an extremely coherent course in which, clear documentation, a shared tutoring system and excellent links between university and subject mentors all play their part." (English)
  • "A very good feature of the partnership is the way that it gives opportunities for exceptional mentors to be seconded to the University." (Mathematics)
  • "The training meets individual needs well, for example all trainees get to teach both languages offered." (Modern Foreign Languages)
  • "The teaching practices are of an appropriate length, well timed and provide a broad balanced experience for trainees." (Science)

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Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses

Mathematics

Key facts

  • Our mathematics SKE course is an intensive eight week programme that is taken before your PGCE course.
  • The course will prepare you to teach mathematics to GCSE level. You may also reach the standard required to teach to A-level.
  • There are no tuition fees if you are a home student. You may also qualify for a £115 per week bursary to support your living costs, plus an additional £85 per week discretionary support (based on application and assessment).

Apply 

To apply for the mathematics subject knowledge enhancement course, please contact the PGCE Admissions Team at pgce@manchester.ac.uk and we will send you an application form.

Eligibility

 To be eligible for the course you must:

  • have been made a conditional offer from an initial teacher education (ITE) provider;
  • hold an honours degree, 2.2 or above in a science discipline, from a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification;
  • experience of studying mathematics at A-level standard or beyond; and
  • be motivated to teach mathematics at secondary school level.

Objectives

  • Gain knowledge and understanding to support successful mathematics teaching at KS4
  • Develop a personal understanding about the nature of mathematics
  • Build a personal narrative about mathematics; its place, importance, power and applicability
  • Develop a professional identity as a competent mathematics teacher

Mathematics content

Mathematics is an exciting and creative subject. Our teaching team believes that you construct your own understandings through working collaboratively on engaging tasks, and reflecting on your experience.

All mathematics elements of this course raise awareness of classroom possibilities by using:

  • investigative and problem solving approaches
  • making connections;
  • encouraging reasoning and proof;
  • exploiting ICT; and
  • drawing on the historical and cultural roots of mathematics.

Concepts

To support participants in building the mathematics understandings necessary for their teaching preparation, the enhancement course will examine the following concepts:

  • Introduction and mathematics up to GCSE
  • Introduction to calculus and other essential tools for A level mathematics
  • Pure mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Statistics
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Beyond A-level: complex numbers, number theory, group theory

Assessment

You will submit a portfolio of work. There will be no formal examinations.

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Physics

Key facts

  • Our physics SKE course is an intensive two week programme that is taken immediately before your PGCE course
  • The course will prepare you to teach physics to KS3 level
  • There are no tuition fees if you are a home student. You may also qualify for a £200 per week bursary to support your living costs.

Apply

To apply for the physics subject knowledge enhancement course, please contact the PGCE Admissions Team at pgce@manchester.ac.uk and we will send you an application form.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the course you must:

  • have been made a conditional offer from an initial teacher education (ITE) provider;
  • hold an honours degree, 2.2 or above in a science discipline, from a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification;
  • experience of studying physics at AS or A-level standard or beyond; and
  • be motivated to teach physics at secondary school level.

Objectives

  • Gain knowledge and understanding to support successful physics teaching at KS3 and possibly KS4
  • Develop a personal understanding about the nature of physics
  • Build a personal narrative about physics; its place, importance, power and applicability
  • Develop a professional identity as a competent teacher of physics

Physics content

The course examines the following key physics concepts:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy and Waves

Practical sessions will enhance your laboratory based and enquiry orientated expertise. The knowledge and skills that you learn during these sessions will be applied to an investigational context through the ‘Enquiring into Physics’ project.

Assessment

You will submit a portfolio of work. There will be no formal examinations.

Further information