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.
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.
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
Months of entry
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 number, 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 lessons based on a script and present them to fellow trainees. This helps you to become comfortable presenting in front of a group and to explore methods of lesson planning.
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.
You won’t simply explore methods to teach your class fractions or data handling though – you’ll spend at least 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 course is available via University-led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Fees and funding
For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
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