Manchester Metropolitan University
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.
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 with another subject
- 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/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. These will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase
This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with eight full days of placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows, you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene-setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.
Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately eight weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the spring and summer terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 4 – Enrichment Phase
The Enrichment Unit requires you to demonstrate evidence that you have met all QTS Standards. In this case, the unit will provide you with challenging and innovative collaborative opportunities, both within and beyond your subject area, and in a variety of alternative settings. Indicative Standards that you may focus on for innovative practice include:
Reflecting on and improving your practice, and taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs.
A developed creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation, being prepared to adapt your practice where benefits and improvements are identified.
This unit seeks to develop and support the ‘Reflective Professional’ with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based ‘comfort-zone’ of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional and ‘Programme’ elements.
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.
Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.
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