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The University of Manchester Engineers Teach Physics (F3X2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
10 Months [Full-time]
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/

Contents

Course summary

Engineers Teach Physics is a new one-year PGCE (with QTS) initial teacher course. It has been tailored to support trainees with a background in engineering and material science.

The course will focus on physics subject knowledge that engineers and materials science graduates are not likely to have studied at undergraduate level.

The course will also utilise the fantastic practical experience and knowledge that engineers have, which can help to make physics teaching come alive.

Experienced teachers will work alongside PGCE tutors, plus visitors from exam boards and the Institute of Physics.

Some sessions are run with the University’s science departments to benefit fully from the University’s resources, and also with Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

For more information please visit our website: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/humanities-campaigns/engineers-teach-physics/

School placements

As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study. The course is a partnership between the University and schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. They include 11-18 and 11-16 comprehensive schools, academies, further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, specialist schools (e.g technology colleges, arts colleges) and independent schools, and you will be placed in two contrasting institutions in the course of your training.

The University of Manchester Partnership curriculum is delivered jointly by the university and by our partnership schools and colleges. You will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors, and both your mentors and university tutors will give you feedback to help you to record your achievements and set targets. During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor, giving formative feedback on subject and curriculum knowledge, teaching and planning, assessment and wider professional responsibilities. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher towards meeting the required standards for Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

An undergraduate engineering or material science degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent, is required to apply to this pilot course.

If your degree is not engineering or a related subject, please apply to our Physics course.

A grade B in physics at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other science or maths A-level will also be required.

Your degree subject should be in Engineers Teach Physics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Currently, the University of Manchester does not offer equivalency tests, but would accept equivalency tests from these providers:

https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/gcse-equivalency-test/gcse-equivalency-tests-non-bcu-applicants

https://astarequivalency.co.uk/

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,000

About the training provider

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.

Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 94% of our trainees find employment at the end of the course.

By choosing a PGCE with us, you’ll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience. We are:

  • Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
  • Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).

Interview process

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an online interview and share the relevant information.
The interview process will involve a personal interview with an academic member of staff. You will be also asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disabled students make up over 15% of University of Manchester students, and we’re proud to offer an accessible and inclusive service.

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (sometimes called the DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether students, staff or supporters. We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.

For more information please follow this link: http://www.dso.manchester.ac.uk/

Contact this training provider

Email
pgce@manchester.ac.uk
Telephone
0161 306 1311
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/
Address
Manchester Institute of Education
Oxford Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M13 9PL

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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