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PGCE Secondary Mathematics
Train to teach secondary level Maths and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

GTTR code
G1X1
Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics)
  • Applicant 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.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
  • References which support the suitability of the candidate for teaching

  • A personal statement 

A personal statement should make clear:

  • The candidate's commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching;
  • their rationale for applying to be a teacher in their subject; 
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher;
  • relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role; 
  • a good standard of written English.

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-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course description

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Secondary PGCE courses - The University of Manchester

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.

Open days

Please see our open day pages for up-to-date information about forthcoming open days, taster sessions and twilight sessions

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
    International students (per annum): £18,000

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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £20,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship - which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. You could also receive an additional £10,000 payment once you are in teaching.

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 can be found on the Department for Education website

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. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available here

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship .

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
PGCE Admissions Administrator
Telephone
0161 275 8468 OR 3617
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics)
  • Applicant 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.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
  • References which support the suitability of the candidate for teaching

  • A personal statement 

A personal statement should make clear:

  • The candidate's commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching;
  • their rationale for applying to be a teacher in their subject; 
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher;
  • relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role; 
  • a good standard of written English.

English language

In addition to a grade of 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

All applicants must have spent at least two days observing secondary teaching in a secondary school or sixth form college prior to attending interview.  Applicants will not be invited to interview unless they have completed this experience.

Application and selection

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.

How your application is considered

Applicants who are shortlisted based on their application will be invited to attend an interview day.

Interview Dates

Thursday 9 th November 2017

Wednesday 22 nd November 2017

Wednesday 6 th December 2017

Wednesday 20 th December 2017

Tuesday 23 rd January 2018

Wednesday 31 st January 2018

Wednesday 7 th February 2018

Wednesday 14 th February 2018

Tuesday 27 th February 2018

Wednesday 7 th March 2018

Tuesday 13 th March 2018

Thursday 29 th March 2018

Wednesday 11 th April 2018

Tuesday 24 th April 2018

Wednesday 2 nd May 2018

Tuesday 15 th May 2018

Wednesday 30 th May 2018

Tuesday 12 th June 2018

Thursday 28 th June 2018

Tuesday 10 th July 2018

Interview requirements

Applicants must have spent at least two days observing secondary teaching prior to attending interview.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants holding qualifications from outside of the UK should apply to UK NARIC for a comparability statement to confirm the equivalence of their qualifications.  This should be completed prior to application where possible.  Successful applicants will be required to present officially translated copies of their qualification certificates.

Aptitude test requirement

PGCE students must pass the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the course.  Preference will be given to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview however we will interview those who have not yet passed their skills tests.  Please refer to the Department for Education for further advice about registering to take your skills tests.

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 checks are 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.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entered cannot be considered.

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.

Transfers

Due to the nature of the PGCE course, applications for transfers cannot be considered.

Course details

Course description

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Secondary PGCE courses - The University of Manchester

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.

Aims

The course will help you to develop your:
  • understanding of how children and young people learn mathematics;
  • ability to differentiate teaching styles to meet learners' individual needs;
  • motivational and behavior management skills;
  • ability to assess and record learner achievement and raise expectations;¿
  • awareness of historical and cultural roots of mathematics and their relevance to the classroom;
  • appreciation of how mathematics can contribute across the curriculum; and
  • understanding of wider educational issues and current debates in mathematics education.

The University-based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching learning and pedagogy as well as encouraging you to observe how children learn, including:

  • reflections on mathematics subject knowledge and pedagogy;
  • misconceptions in mathematics;
  • the history of mathematics;
  • the role of proof in the mathematics classroom;
  • the National Curriculum and current debates in mathematics education;
  • planning lessons;
  • assessment for learning;
  • differentiation;
  • managing pupil behavior; and
  • keeping records and using data to support pupils' progress.

Special features

  • Top university to study a PGCE in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
  • Rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
  • Extensive classroom experience supported by experienced mathematics tutors and mentors.
  • 92% of our graduates in a teaching post within six months of completing the course - consistently better than the North West average (The University of Manchester 2013-2016).

Additional course information

Support

Your University tutors will provide excellent support for your academic work and personal needs, whilst school/college mentors will provide advice and guidance whilst you are on placement. The culture of team working and best practice sharing amongst students provides you with a support network available when you need it the most.

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 or colleges on placements. You will also need to undertake self-directed study in the evenings and weekends, such as background reading, creating lesson plans and completing written assignments.

In University-based sessions, a wide range of teaching methods are used, including seminars, group discussion, practical workshops, lectures and presentations. You will be an active participant and driver in your own development as you make the transition from subject expert to excellent mathematics teacher.

On placement in schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced teacher, who will also act as your mentor. We will endeavor to allocate you to a placement which will secure the optimum educational benefit for your professional development needs.  There will also be opportunities to work in a primary setting and to teach in at least two different secondary schools. Teaching hours are established to reflect the time that is required to spend on planning and assessment, particularly in the early stages of your placements. Your mentors will help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment and improve your teaching skills.

What our students say:

'I received excellent support and assistance from my school mentor and all the staff in the department. Everyone was always very willing to help and give advice. Overall a great placement with tons of support!'

Coursework and assessment

Your school and University experiences are formally assessed. Both your mentors and tutors 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 and Wider Professional Responsibilities. The grades are awarded by your mentor in conjunction your University tutor.  These reports, together with your record of achievement and development facilitate your progression as a teacher.

You are also required to complete a number of written assignments, which will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 master's level credits. On-going guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from your University tutors.

Scholarships and bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £20,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship - which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. You could also receive an additional £10,000 payment once you are in teaching.

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 can be found on the Department for Education website

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. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available here

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship .

Facilities

Your University-based learning will take place at The University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus, adjacent to Manchester's city centre. The campus is easily accessible by road or by an extensive network of public transport including trains, trams and buses.

Our Oxford Road campus is home to The University of Manchester Library and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. The University's library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK.  Studying with us will open up a wealth of learning resources to you, including over four million printed books, more than 500,000 ebooks and access to over 40,000 electronic journals and hundreds of online databases. The University Library houses a mathematics education section with current text books and materials. There are extensive online resources including up to date research journals. We also have an excellent resource base in the secondary mathematics teaching room.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers you a stimulating 24/7 environment for study. It is the UK's first digital library and home to the most up-to-date IT facilities, a range of versatile learning spaces and a relaxing cafe area for breaks or meeting friends.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

On completion of your PGCE and being granted qualified teaching status (QTS), you will work for a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). We keep in touch with our former students and continue to support them throughout their NQT year through personal contact and by offering free NQT professional development opportunities.  

A Secondary Mathematics PGCE from the University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally.  You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high. 94% of our Secondary Mathematics PGCE 2013 graduates were in a teaching post within six months of completing the course, which is higher than the sector average.

Qualified teachers undertake continuous professional development throughout their career, both to maintain the latest subject knowledge and teaching techniques, and if desired, to facilitate progression into leadership and management positions. A PGCE qualification counts as 60 of the 180 credits required for a master's degree and The University of Manchester offers a part-time MA in Educational Leadership should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a master's in the future.