Taught course

PGCE Secondary Mathematics with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

2:2 or above is normally required, or equivalent in Mathematics or another subject that was at least 50% Mathematics e.g. physics or some engineering subjects. 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. Graduates whose qualifications do not contain sufficient mathematics for this programme will be considered for one of our mathematics enhancement courses (24 or 36 weeks) followed by the one year PGCE. Degrees likely to be satisfactory for the one year PGCE course without enhancement: Mathematics; Mathematics with another subject; Physics; Some Engineering degrees Degrees where a Mathematics Enhancement course is necessary: Economics, accounting and finance; Other science and engineering degrees; Social science; humanities. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview. Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website for the latest updates. 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. Also: 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


Course content

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well-established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Our PGCE Mathematics has an outstanding reputation for producing high calibre Mathematics teachers. Mathematics teaching is a stated government priority nationally and a shortage subject, meaning successful trainees are highly employable. Attractive bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for national priority subjects, including Mathematics. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

A minimum of 120 days school-based practice training is combined with university-based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

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 and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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