Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the mathematics secondary school curriculum.
You’ll learn strategies to help you teach a variety of topics in mathematics classes, including handling data, geometry and algebra. You’ll also explore practical activities that you can use in or outside the classroom that encourage students to engage in mastering mathematics.
We know it can be daunting to teach a class, so during the first few weeks of this PGCE you’ll typically plan short activities, together with a lesson based on a script and present them to fellow student teachers. This helps you to become comfortable presenting in front of a group and to explore different ways of engaging learners.
When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Mathematics group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
As well as researching methods to teach fractions or problem solving, you'll spend 120 days on placements in schools.
For some of your placements, you might be part of a small group, planning lessons collaboratively and team teaching to share and develop your mathematics skills.
This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.
Features and Benefits
You’ll have the skills and experience to teach mathematics at GCSE and A/AS levels
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gaining experience in mainstream secondary schools.
You can choose University-led or School Direct to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
You may have the opportunity to apply for an overseas teaching experience, if you are enrolled on the university-led course.
When you graduate, you’ll achieve 60 masters’ level credits (this is one third of a masters degree, and you can usually put these credits towards your future studies)
We run free Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses for mathematics (subject to Department for Education funding and eligibility)
We have a partnership of over 400 schools, colleges and educational organisations, meaning we are able to provide students with a range of school experiences.
ESRI ranks in the UK’s top 20 for research power in Education (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and recent research sponsors include the Department of Education; welcome Trust; European Union; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Barclays; Microsoft; Siemens and LEGO.
Most of our graduates go on to work as Mathematics teachers in secondary schools.
Successful completion of this course provides you with 60 masters’ level credits when you graduate. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education.
You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Mathematics. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
GCSEs You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Other requirements A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
A-Level Mathematics or equivalent
An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
Excellent inter-personal skills
An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenges of teaching in a Secondary school
An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers
Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment
Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges
Overseas Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.
Candidates will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.
On the University-led and School-Direct PGCE routes, you’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and spend at least 120 days on placements in schools across Greater Manchester.
At University, you’ll mainly study with the trainees in your mathematics group. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver lessons through interactive, hands-on workshops.
Although you’ll mostly learn with your group, you’ll attend critical skills lectures and workshops once a week in mixed groups with students from other subject areas.
These sessions help you to develop skills outside of your subject knowledge. Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language).
You’ll also develop your research skills during these lectures, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion) you can explore research and use it to guide your teaching.
During your first couple of weeks, we’ll help you to develop the organisational skills you’ll need as a mathematics teacher (such as carrying out assessments and dealing with paperwork).
We’ll also give you a full overview of the year and the lesson planning activities you’ll be doing, to help you to stay organised throughout the course.
When you go for interviews for your first teaching post, you’ll be expected to present a portfolio of your work alongside your interview. To make sure your portfolio is ready for interviews, you’ll work on it from December. This gives you time to make sure that you have all of the pieces of work that you’d like to showcase to schools.
You’ll go on your first block placement in late September, where you’ll put the skills you’ve learnt at University into practice and build your confidence in the classroom.
You’ll be involved in all aspects of teaching, from marking work to delivering lessons to helping with parents’ evenings.
When you’re on placement, you’ll have a school mentor (often the class teacher) to help you with day-to-day matters, and receive regular visits from your personal tutor and visiting tutor.
In the spring term, you’ll complete a short placement in a primary school. This experience helps to broaden your knowledge of teaching methods and develop your teaching skills.
If you are on the university-led route, you can also apply to spend a short time overseas at the end of placement B, gaining teaching experience in an international school. In previous years, trainees across the PGCE courses have taught at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Norway, and public schools in France.
When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Mathematics and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to work in the 11 - 16 age range with post 16 enhancement.
You’ll also be awarded 60 master’s credits (a master’s degree is 180 credits), which you could put towards further study and career development.
You'll engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate.
There will be a focus on:
Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
Working in multi-professional teams
Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
Learning and teaching strategies
Managing students' behaviour
Planning and evaluating students' learning
Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities
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Subject Pedagogy (Mathematics)
This double-weighted unit complements your work in school and provides both a theoretical perspective and practical support as you begin to develop your skills as a classroom teacher.
This unit is inextricably linked with the other units that run concurrently and enable the unit outcomes to be demonstrated in a range of complementary contexts. This unit is designed to extend your interest, knowledge and confidence in mathematics as a subject within the curriculum and to extend your development of an analytical and critical attitude towards the teaching and learning of mathematics. A central tenet of our course is that in order to become an effective classroom teacher one must be able to critically and realistically evaluate one’s own work, listen to and accept the advice of others, and act on and make progress through continuous reflection. The development of these skills runs through the entire unit.
Reflection on Professional Development
The Reflection on Professional Development unit will enable you to critically reflect on your learning experiences through the lens of key theoretical ideas and research, and to monitor and evaluate your ongoing professional development against programme outcomes and the Teachers’ Standards. The unit continues throughout the programme and culminates in the submission of a digital reflective portfolio that traces your professional development and connects theory and practice.
The unit, through research and reflection on practice, will explore critical and professional issues i.e. the nature of an inclusive school curriculum, Assessment for Learning, Equality and Diversity, Classroom Management and Behaviour for Learning. You will be encouraged to reflect on your wider individual and collective professional experience in school and, through research and group discussion, develop individual responses in relation to your own practice. The unit is linked to the Subject Pedagogy unit and will develop your understanding of the wider professional role of the teacher and the classroom context in which subject teaching takes place. The assessment of the unit will be based on the your work in the Placement B school during the Development and Assessment phase of the programme.
This practice credit unit is two of two practice credit units that enables you to demonstrate your progress toward meeting the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. It provides contexts in which you can put into practice your own learning, reflect on your actions, evaluate your role in relation to pupils’ learning and review your performance in supporting teaching and learning in a more autonomous fashion.
This practice credit unit is one of two practice credit units that enables you to demonstrate your progress toward meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. It provides contexts in which you can put into practice your own learning, reflect on their actions, evaluate your role in relation to pupils’ learning and review your performance in supporting teaching and learning.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Full-time 16.5% lectures, seminars or similar; 67% placement; 16.5% independent study
Fitness to teach - You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required.
Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.
Professional Suitability - Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.
Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely.
On this one-year course, you’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.
We know that teaching a class can be daunting, so we’ll help to prepare you before you start your placements. You’ll have a gradual introduction to teaching, observing, getting to know your, pupils, classes and the teachers, before having the opportunity to teach classes on your own.
You’ll go to at least two contrasting mainstream secondary schools (such as a school in a rural setting or an inner city comprehensive) or colleges and a primary school.
On your placements, you might experience inner city or rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensive and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form, and further education colleges.
This variety helps you to experience different situations and further develop your practical skills as a teacher.
School of Teacher Education and Professional Development
Our School of Teacher Education and Professional Development was established over 100 years ago and specialises in training teachers and education professionals.
The department is home to three main areas in primary and secondary teacher education and professional development, and has partnerships with over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.
The University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with the students term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. Students are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. train and bus. We take into consideration special circumstances, such as, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. If you are applying through the School Direct route, the lead school will take responsibility for arranging all practice credit units including placement experiences. You should expect some travel to other schools e.g. for your second placement. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.
0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs /
DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs /You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses
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