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Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Secondary School Direct (Physics with Maths)
Gain Qualified Teacher Status and benefit from specific school selection and training in Physics and Maths.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Secondary School Direct (Physics with Maths) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

PGCE Secondary School Direct (Physics with Maths) provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding teacher.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school before the PGCE starts and follow a modified version of the course. Throughout, you will focus on the 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19 age ranges in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), learning to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies surrounding GCSE, AS and A2-level study.

The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning-related skills. You will enjoy extended periods of school experience, which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary schools. In total, 25 weeks of your PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of school.

This practical training is underpinned by the development of your knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts, including current issues and developments.

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.

At the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 will be available on this page shortly.

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