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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, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE Equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
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.
You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course
We usually offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements and will have the ability to teach the full range of topics with confidence.
Funding for SKE courses
The SKE courses have previously been subject to funding by the Department for Education.
The current position is the Department of Education has not confirmed the SKE funding package available for SKE candidates starting in 2021, and will not do so until the end of the 2020 calendar year. Funding is dependent on the government’s ‘Spending Review’, which is currently underway. Therefore, funding for SKE and the subjects available, may change.
We will update this guidance once the government’s ongoing Spending Review is concluded. All information in the directory is therefore subject to change and will be updated for academic year 2020 to 2021 once the funding position has been confirmed.
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 interpersonal 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 candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.
You 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.
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the secondary school mathematics 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 a variety of 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. You’ll gradually increase your involvement to become an expert practitioner.
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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